in Pictures:

Trap Skiff

Without a doubt, the Newfoundland Trap Skiffs attract more attention than any of the boats built at Duck Trap. It's easy to see why with their shapely transom, reverse curves aft, flowing laps, and deep sheer. They are simply beautiful boats. What's more they are superb sailers.

All of this comes at a price, of course, and that price is the amount of work it takes to construct one of these beauties. There is a lot to it–as might be expected–and that's where this disk comes in.

If you've ever thought that you would rather see a boat being built rather than just reading about one being built, you've come to the right place, and it has all been made possible by digital photography. We selected 185 of the best photos to illustrate the construction of Thank You from setting up right through rigging and selecting her boat trailer. In the process, there are photos of lining off and spiling operations, plus getting out and fitting the planking. There's a lot more, so much, in fact, that this CD is the equivalent of a 142 page book containing 185 photos. That's a lot of information.

This is Thank You, the 19'-11" Newfoundland Trap Skiff documented on this CD. Specifications include glued lapstrake Okoume lapstrake planking, Honduras mahogany brightwork, and a sprit/ketch sail rig. (We offer the building plans as well.)

And this is what the CD looks like. The photo printed on it is looking over the port quarter at her mizzen mast and centerboard case. It also appears in the rigging section along with an explanation of the way the halyards are rigged.


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There's no big mystery to spiling, really–not once you see how it's done. That's what this page is all about.


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We recently received an email from a gentleman who wanted to know what size bronze centerboard he would need for a Lincolnville Wherry. That would be a very pricey alternative. It's a whole lot less expensive to use marine plywood with a cast lead ballast slug (We use old wheel weights). The CD shows you how it's done.

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All things considered, this disk amounts to a considerable amount of information right at your fingertips, and we think, an exceptional value. If you don't actually need one for yourself, consider that it makes a unique gift for someone who is interested in learning more about the Newfoundland Trap Skiff.

The Newfoundland Trap Skiff
(Boatbuilding in Pictures on CD)
US$25.00 + postage

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By the way, the CD in its slim case weighs practically nothing,
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