Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Rowing Draft: Sailing Draft: Sail Area:
Jimmy Skiff II 13' 2" 150 lbs. 52 in. 550 lbs. 4" 24" 68 sq ft.
Jimmy Skiff II Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
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Jimmy Skiff II Base Kit
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Jimmy Skiff II Sailing Component Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Wood Parts Only Kit
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Full-sized Plans and Manual Only
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Manual Only - Color Print
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Manual Only - Emailed PDF
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Study Plans - Emailed PDF
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Additional Components:

Sail Package - Line & Cordage Kit
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Recommended Add-Ons:

Flat Blade Spruce Oars - 7-1/2' (Pair)
Item Ships FREE with Base Kit!

$ 123.25

Nonskid Flooring for Smallcraft - Jimmy Skiff II

$ 170

Spoon Blade Oars - 7-1/2' (Pair)
Item Ships FREE with Base Kit!

$ 183.20

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.

Designer John C. Harris has been working on a clean-sheet redesign since 2012. The prototype was launched in 2017 and was in testing for 18 months.

The Jimmy Skiff II is the same length as its predecessor and only an inch or two wider, but it's a higher-volume, stiffer boat. 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 had 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 easy to right from a capsize. The flotation also conforms to US Coast Guard regulations for positive buoyancy, allowing the Jimmy Skiff II to carry an engine.

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

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

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 great with an outboard engine.

Payload is 500-550lbs.

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.

Build this boat if:

  • You want a boat for days of family fun on the water.

  • You want a stable, lightweight craft for fishing or gunkholing.

  • You want a comfortable day sailer that rows well and can be fitted with an engine.

  • You want a nifty sail trainer. 

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Skerry  Passagemaker Dinghy  Tenderly Dinghy  

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