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Offshore Skiff
A 28-Foot Plywood Skiff
By Westlawn Director, Dave Gerr
Not a sea skiff, the
Offshore Skiff
, is a modi-
fied dory. Its hull is a cross between the semi-
dory and the flatiron dory skiff. These are fast,
comfortable boats, with shoal draft, that are
easy to build.
Offshore Skiff
s have been used
for everything from lake and river pleasure
craft, to pound-net fishing boats off of Cape
Cod, to a fleet of six engaged in seaweed
aquaculture in the Pacific Ocean.
Bruce Chinery built his
River Horse
—the most
recently launched
Offshore Skiff,
here—for his own use. He certainly did a fine
job. The epoxy-chine plywood construction
lends itself to easy home building, with many
Offshore Skiff
s having been brought to life this
way over the years. Others have been con-
structed at professional yards.
Offshore Skiff
’s cabin arrangement is
shown below. Though easily trailerable, the
boat has full standing headroom, a full galley,
and an enclosed head. There’s also an open,
center-console version—an excellent utility and
LOA: 28 ft. - 3 in.
DWL: 24 ft. - 0 in.
Beam: 8 ft. - 0 in.
Draft (hull): 0 ft. - 11 in.
Draft (outboard): 26”
Disp: 5,400 lb.
Speed: 18 knots with 75 hp
23 knots with 150 hp
Dave Gerr
Gerr Marine, Inc.
838 West End Ave., Suite BB
New York, NY 10025 USA
Tel: 212-864-7030
Fax: 212-932-0872