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  Acorn Skiff    
     
The Acorn skiff in all its length variants is a true Whitehall type modest load carrying rowing and (careful) a fast sailing skiff, no compromises.

Several have been built with sliding seats, most notably a very good 15 by John Willoughby, that I fell out of very ungraciously many years ago. Peter Furze, serial Oughtred builder, rowed his 11'6" Acorn in company with co professional (medico) John Willoughby around Hindmarsh Island about 10 years ago, proving the point beyond doubt. they traversed locks, head and cross winds and all with considerable camping supplies and provisions aboard. I think the trip was about 28 kilometers.

Joel Weatherald built a nice one (Isola) a while back, proving that even a butcher (as he was then) can be a good Oughtred boat builder.

  Oughtred Acorn SkiffConstruction
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  3.58 m - 11' 8"
1.20 m - 3' 11"
4.46 sq m - 47.99 sqf
40.00 kg - 88 lbs
190 hours
         
 
  Acorn 15    
     
One of the nicest rowing boats ever. It's often been said that kids don't row anymore because modern boats, like the ubiquitous tinnies are so bad to row; same goes for most of the club sailing classes. Have you ever tried to row a Mirror? Put any kid near an Acorn 15 and she will be rowing with joy in an hour. This thing, with it's long fine lines and crisp wineglass transom is rowing heaven. Several years ago I accompanied Peter Furze and John Willoughby as they rowed their home built Acorn 11'6" and 15'er, respectively, around Hindmarsh Island, the calcific and mud delta island of the mouth of the River Murray.

John had a sliding seat in his boat, 'Wet Dream'. It was interesting to observe how little that boat pumped as his weight shifted, as it does in a sliding seat, with each stroke. Peter on the other hand had a fixed seat; he still did very well. These 15' boats have been stretched to 17' by virtue of moving the stations equally; that would be even better. I have never seen one sailing. Another of our clients claims to be completing one this year, with sail. I look forward to that.

  Oughtred Acorn 15Construction
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  Oughtred Acorn 15
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  4.60 m - 15' 1"
1.18 m - 3' 10"
5.57 sq m - 59.93 sqf
60.00 kg - 132 lbs
235 hours
         
 
  Acorn 17    
     
This is really the Acorn 15, but with the stations spacings increased by 13.5%. Kits are available!

 

  Oughtred Acorn 17Construction
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  5.08 m - 16' 7"
1.80 m - 5' 10"
0.21 m - 8"
14.87 sq m - 160.00 sqf
135.00 kg - 297 lbs
400 hours
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  Mole (Thames type)    
     
Mole is based on the traditional Thames working boats or water taxis. This a traditional rowing machine, with the capacity to carry one or at the most, two passengers. she is set up for a single rower, and the use of thole pins rather than fancy modern row locks is a feature. This is the smaller of iain's two Thames Skiffs, the other is the larger 'Badger'.

 

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  4.88 m - 16' 0"
1.13 m - 3' 8"
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52.00 kg - 114 lbs
180 hours
         
 
  Badger (Thames type)    
     
Badger's extra length means that she is nearer to the size of the 'Three Men in a Boat' type of camping skiff, made famous by Jerome K Jerome's very amusing book. In 1987 I went up to Constables Boat Yard an hour or so out of London. There I got to row in one of the original boats two place camping rowing boats,, over a hundred years old. It had the thole pins of iain's drawings.

While there I got to row one of the oldest, amazingly the very one whose creaking, water dripping sounds are used by Pink Floyd in the opening to their 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' album.

A bit of effort on your part, some leather on your oars and 'winter grease' on the tholes, and you'll be set!

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  5.80 m - 19' 0"
1.13 m - 3' 8"
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68.00 kg - 150 lbs
220 hours
         
 
  St Ayles Rowing Skiff    
     

The design of the St Ayles Skiff was commissioned from Iain Oughtred by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, Fife. The basic principle of this project is that the boats to be raced should be available at as low a price as possible.

The kit design for the St Ayles has been thought through from the outset to produce a beautiful and comparatively easy boat that can be built by people with little or boat building experience. What is required is patience, and a reasonable degree of practical ability.

We do not want you to have to invest a fortune in tools, so for the most part, the tools required are those found in most keen DIYers toolbox. If you have access to a friendly joiner sympathetic to the idea of building the boat, this will help considerably.

The basic kit from Jordan Boats comprises:

  • A set of plans
  • The planking, bulkheads, and seat tops, CNC cut in Lloyds TypeApproved Marine Plywood
  • The moulds over which the boat is built, CNC cut from WBP Plywood
  • Patterns for shaping the stems

 

 

Oughtred Badger (Thames type)Construction
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See the Scotish Coastal Rowing article >>>

St Ayles Skiff Community

 

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  6.70 m - 22' 0"
1.7 m - 5' 8"
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185.00 kg - 409 lbs
800 hours
         

 

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