Below left: first layer of spray rail installed. Center: spray rails done ready for bottom. Lower right: Interior primed with epoxy primer, ensuring bottom end of ribs are sealed.
Below left: 5/4" x 4" fir bottom planks rough cut and fitted. Below right: bottom install in progress. Notice extended clamps
Below left: Bottom install continues. Note push clamps. Below right: Bottom is fully fastened to chines #12 stainless screws
Below left: Bottom planks trimmed flush and batten for center sand board layout in place Below right: 5/4" x 4" oak sand boards being installed.
Below left: sand boards finish up. Below center and right: 2" x 3" oak skegs are installed. (skiffs actually built by Hackey Zube would have had one single skeg in the center. I used 2 because this boat won't be used for working and will be pulled up to the beach regularly. Double skegs allow boat to remain level side to side and prevent sand damage to the edges of the bottom.)
Below left: boat is taken outside and flipped right side up. Below right: Back inside ready for topside work
Below left: breast lock is installed. Below center: Top of stem is shaped using rip saw. Below right: Rear oak gunnel knee at transom
Below left: Outer oak gunnel rail in place. Bow section is tapered over a 5' section to aid in bending. Below right: Primary inner oak gunnel rails in place.
Below left: cutting oak Gunnel cap. Notice the curve is cut with a skill saw. Below right: Installed gunnel cap at joint.
Below Left: gunnel cap installed on left side. Below right: Gunnel caps and secondary inside gunnel rails complete.
Below left: Structural 1-3/8" thick oak knee is drilled. Below right: Knees installed
Below left: bottom is screwed to sand boards, paint complete. Below right: waterline and paint complete.
Below left: bow rope locker in place. fir is coated with pine tar and linseed oil. Below right: seat in place also coated with pine tar and linseed oil. (Original Zube skiff would have had no seats or rope locker)
Below left: seat, (left side lifts out for bailing.) Below right: exterior with motor installed
Our old school skiff in it's permanent home on Tiogue lake
with 1994 20 hp Johnson
A lot of room for a little boat!
See trailerable 16' version at bottom of page
These skiffs as they were built originally were intended to be left in the water, year round in many cases. The fir plank bottoms would swell up and stay that way. As a kid I built one boat with a plywood bottom. This gave me the idea to build one now using the highest grade 13 ply 3/4" merrante marine plywood for the bottom so the boat could be trailered without having to fill it with water every time you came back from a trip. The bow seat lifts out and can be stored when not in use. Below are some pics of this boat.