I designed the EZ Skiff after a fishing trip with my three boys in our 8' pram. One of the younger boys had a fish on in the back when the oldest boy exhuberantly jumped to his feet to net the fish and I ended up white knuckling the gunwales trying to keep the boat upright and everybody in it. It was then that I knew it was time for a bigger boat. I named the boat the EZ Skiff because it is a simple straight forward boat to put together. Building time should probably be 30-50 hours depending on how fancy you want to make it and skill level.
The EZ Skiff's dimensions are:
Draft: 3" with 270lb load 5" with 650lb load
The flat bottom makes the boat very stable and the hard chine give plenty of bouyancy, no more surprises when the kid jumps up! It can be powered by oar, electric motor, or small outboard. A sailing kit based on the Laser rig is in the works.
The EZ Skiff kit consists of:
Precut Plywood Parts for Bottom, Transom, and Sides
Wood for Gunwales, Breasthook, and Transom Knees
Epoxy Putty Supplies for Filleting
Epoxy for Taping Seams and covering the outside
Fiberglass Tape For Seams and Fiberglass Cloth to cover the outside
Here is a link to some of our blog postings about the EZ Skiff
The EZ Skiff Kit ships via LTL truck, a commercial address is required or the shipping charge will be higher.