In 2007 I agreed to build my parents a sailboat. I had an idea of what I was getting into, but every project seems to throw you a few unexpected challenges. The previous year they came close to buying a 13′ 4″ Melonseed Skiff at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s annual boat auction. The Melonseed is a classic hunting skiff from the late 1800’s, designed for plying the shallow marshes of New Jersey. It is incredibly seaworthy and sails like a dream. On top of that, it looks great! There is hardly a straight line on the boat. Curves flow into curves, before tapering to classic edges.
At the end of this project I put together a little book. documenting the build. Some folks have found it helpful or interesting. It is available at: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/562219.