Digger 17 Clamming Skiff

Here’s a nice one, from PARyachts (Riccelli Yacht Design):

Digger 17


(Renderings courtesy PARyachts)


This looks like a perfect clamming skiff:  rugged and simple to build.

Her specs:

LOD     17′       (5.18 m)

LWL     15′       (4.57 m)

Beam      6′       (1.83 m)

Draft      not much with the motor up

Dry hull weight  415 lbs.  (188 kg)

PPI       310 lbs.  (141 kg)

Performance expectations:

21 MPH (33.8 KPH) w/ 15 HP and 900 lbs. (409 kg) displacement

27 MPH (43.5 KPH w/ 25 HP and 900 lbs. (409 kg) displacement

The designer offers several different interior layouts.  Here is the center console version:


“The construction is very basic and is a combination plank on frame and taped seam. In the regular version, the frames stiffen the topsides, but you could live without them if you wanted, without much fear things would break. On the HD version, the frames are twice as thick and dramatically stiffen up the topsides, which is handy if bouncing off a concrete sea wall. The bottom is 2 layers of ½” (13 mm) plywood (HD is 3 layers) and no scarfs are necessary, just Payson butt joints. This makes life much easier fitting bottom planks. The topside planks are also butted together, but if you want a varnished look, you can use a scarf or butt block to hide the joint.”


I like this simple approach.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a price list for the plans, but you can contact the designer.  His webpage shows some other interesting designs as well.  (the Digger 17 is the third one down):


What do you think?

Thanks, Carl

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Building a Classic Moth

Old friend JohnZ in Annapolis has been building a modified Mistral design over the winter.


(Photos courtesy JohnZ)

It’s not often (ever?) that I pick up a blog from someone else’s site.  In this instance, I’ve picked up from two:




And they’re both worth reading.  Thanks to old friend John Hanson for knowledge about the latter site.  I met both authors at a past WOOD Regatta at Rock Hall Yacht Club in Maryland, where they were racing their respective Classic Moths.  It’s such a great class.

So, let’s see how JohnZ’s project is coming.  Here she is on New Year’s:


And here’s some sage advice:

‘”A Mistral, like a good bit of beef, benefits from a few days of hanging.”  Those words come from the original building notes by designer Derek Chester.  Hanging a stitch and glue hull allows the panels to even out and the builder to gauge and eliminate twists in the hull before locking the shape down with epoxy.  This boat is a copy of Walt Collins’ modified Mistral Y2K BUG which John currently races.  Walt eliminated the butt strip running from the transom to the aft end of the centerboard truck, which the original plans call for.  This permits the hull to be shaped more naturally and avoids the ugly knuckle which usually distorts the keel line of these boats.’

Today I’m trying to figure out how to get my two new (to me) Moths here to Maine from, respectively, Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD.

And here’s the Classic Moth association’s website:  www.mothboat.com.  Oooo, a nice cedar strip one for sale….  I have enough.

What do you think?

Thanks, Carl




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