Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Rowing Draft: Sailing Draft: Sail Area:
Jimmy Skiff II 13' 2" 150 lbs. 52 in. 585 lbs. 4" 24" 68 sq ft.

The original Jimmy Skiff was launched by Chesapeake Light Craft in 1998. An immediate success, this straightforward 13-foot skiff has remained popular for twenty years.

While it's tempting to leave well-enough alone, twenty years is a long time to ponder possible improvements. Designer John C. Harris has been working on a clean-sheet redesign since 2012. The prototype was launched in 2017 and has been tested thoroughly for months. 

Lacking specific faults, the 1998-era Jimmy Skiff will probably remain in production for the foreseeable future.

The Jimmy Skiff II is the same length as its predecessor and only an inch or two wider. Here are the main differences:

1. The hull shape and the transom have been modified to allow easy and safe use of a small outboard engine. (2-3hp is plenty.) The original Jimmy Skiff has no provision for an engine at all.

2. The interior of the Jimmy Skiff II is "tanked in." In other words, a lot of flotation is built into the hull in the form of comfortable bench seats. This makes the boat easier to right from a capsize, and will have far less water to bail out once righted. The flotation also conforms to US Coast Guard regulations for positive buoyancy, allowing the Jimmy Skiff II to carry an engine if desired.

3. You sit on seats while sailing, instead of on the floor!

4. The sailing rig is 15% larger, and more powerful.

These things come at the cost of greater hull weight, building time, and kit expense, but those looking for a super-versatile utility skiff will be hard-pressed to find a better design. The Jimmy Skiff II rows beautifully, sails fast on all points, and handles an outboard engine with elegance.

Payload is 450lbs in the sailing version and 575lbs in a rowing/motoring-only version.

Computer-cut kits feature all of the latest tweaks to allow construction by first-timers, including slot-together frames, pre-drilled holes for stitching-and-gluing, puzzle joints, and Ikea-like precision in the fitting of parts.

Stay tuned for updates on pricing and availability!



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