50 L x 20 W x 15.5 H
SEA BRIGHT SKIFF COFFEE TABLE
The Sea Bright Skiff evolved on the New Jersey shore in the mid 1800's as a
fishing boat and yacht tender. It was also known as the "New Jersey Skiff". The
original boats were built with steam bent oak frames and were lapstrake or "clinker"
planked with cedar, pine or what ever was locally available. The primary propulsion
was supplied by oars, but many were rigged to sail with small spritsails or leg-o-mutton
This quarter-scale replica was crafted from the lines of the "Lizzie" which were
developed from old photos of the boat taken at the turn of the century.
This replica represents the skiff under construction on a typical boatwright's
strongback with keel, keelson, frames ,stern and sheer clamps in place awaiting planking.
The strongback sits on the mahogany frame base. The only thing needed to authenticate
this setting would be an ankle deep layer of wood shavings around the boat without the
This coffee table replica was built by a retired boat builder in his shop on a one at a
time basis. Each carries a unique hull number. The actual boat in this stage would
have no paint or varnish yet. However, this piece has been coated with a satin poly-urethane
too protect the wood (and make it easier to dust).