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18-foot Chesapeake Bay Modified Sharpie Skiff

This excellent small craft represents the highest stage of evolution of the sharpie into the deadrise, or V-bottom, skiff. The type is very close to the forms developed by Thomas Clapham in Long Island, which he called “nonpareil” sharpies, and to the modified sharpies designed and built by Larry Huntington, also in Long Island, in the late 19th century. The type just prior to this is represented by the “flattie,” which had deadrise in the stern only. The types that followed are the “skipjack” and “batteau.” A good example of a modern boat of this type is the “Lightning” class. The model shown is moderate, neither a burdensome work boat nor flat-out racer. A removable cuddy might be made for this boat to fit around the coaming, and canvas bunks (or a plywood platform) could be laced to strap-eyes in the hull and centerboard trunk, thus converting her into a “micro-cruiser.” 
The photos here and in INTERIORS show an excellent job by Bob Bemisderfer of Niagra Falls, N.Y.. Mike O’Brien wrote about this design in WoodenBoat Magazine for the Designs column a couple of years ago. This boat would be an excellent project for the amateur builder who wants a trailerable day-sailor that can take the whole family sailing in fun and safety.