Good Skiff

14’6″ dory-style skiff

The Good Skiff is an R. D. “Pete” Culler design. A simple flat-bottom lapstrake rowing skiff, which, Mr. Culler noted, is “easy to build, though it’s difficult to design a good one”. I have named this the “Good Skiff” because I think Pete did design a “good one.”

For such a simple craft, this boat rows extraordinarily well. It has good initial stability and, given the flare to the sides, it is also a dry boat even in a chop.

I build this boat with Okume marine plywood bottom and lapstrake sides on oak frames. Trim is normally oak or Ash, though Honduras Mahogany can be substituted for an additional $300. Ash used for frames and trim will reduce the weight. For an extra charge Sapele marine plywood is available. This offers greater rot resistance though adds weight.

Flared sides, 6″ skeg at transom. Flat bottomed hull.


Length 14’6″
Width at gunwale: 4’5″
Width at bottom: 35 3/4″
Recommended oar size: 8 1/2′
Weight: 135 lbs.
Depth at midships: 11 1/2″
Depth at bow: 19″

Starting at $6995