Build a Large Wooden Sea Skiff Plans
These plans are for a 17 ft wooden skiff.
The Happy Clam is the latest of over 65
boats having this unusual hull form
that have come from the boards of the Atkin
family during the past 25 years. They have
varied in size from the 17-footer shown
here to a 305-foot shallow-draft tanker developed
during the past war.
proven seaworthy and successful in attaining
high speed with low power.
Among the inherent advantages of this
hull form are its shallow draft, great stability,
and low center of gravity. Full protection
for the propeller is provided by
the box keel. Flow of unbroken water to the propeller is made possible by tapering
the keel to the propeller post.
wide, flat keel maintains the boat in
a level position when beached or trailerborne.
The nearly level shaft angle, which
is of value in performance, is not possible
to achieve in any other hull form.
The principal dimensions of this little
hooker are 17 feet over all, 16 feet on her
designed water line, 5 feet 6 inches wide,
and 11½ inches draft. Her ample freeboard
of 28½ inches forward and 19 5/8 inches at
her stern assist in making her a dry boat.
Her speed came up to full expectations.
She was accurately clocked over the official
measured mile off Lloyd's Neck in Long
Island Sound, making 14.8 mph with a
Palmer 5-hp. Baby Husky marine engine
turning 2,250 rpm. The Columbian Type E
two-bladed propeller is 10 in. in diameter
and has a 6-in. pitch.
Large Skiff Plans