If James Bond ever had a 14 year old son -or daughter- this is the boat they would build with their bare hands. But it doesn't matter if you're 14 or 41, man or woman, or if you live on a Lake in Montana or the rocky coast of Maine. Everyone looks good in a Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff. You'll probably end up adopting a Golden Retriever when all is said and done.
This video was my first introduction to what would become a five year obsession:
And if you're looking for a winter DIY project that will turn every head on the river next spring look no further. The plans are available for $90 on the Wooden Boat Store.
Every year a few more build videos surface on YouTube. Regardless, if you start now you'll probably have the first one in your town.
And if you're not a DIY junkie, fear not. You can pick one up pre built. If you're persistent they might even throw in a a few cans of varnish. You'll need them. This beauty was built by Shearline Boatworks in Morehead City, North Carolina:
And while visiting IYRS in Newport last week, I came across a hull only for $18,000 OBO. With Motor and Controls: $23,000 OBO.
I think I'll stick to the plans and keep dreaming.