Mystic Seaport Lighthouse




Wooden Skiff

This nice center-console skiff was built by Svein Kopfelt (blue cap) from Annandale, NJ
and displayed at the 2008 WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport.

Wooden skiff

Movie of the construction process

Skiff bottom
Transom view
Console in place
Skiff being launched

Project Details

Designer Ken Swan, Hubbard, OR
(purchased plans and instruction kit from Ken)
Design 16’ “Nez Perce” skiff, beam is 5’ 6”
Builder Svein Kopfelt
Launched May, 2008
Boat name KISA
Materials 3/4” mahogany frames; 3/8” okoume plywood planking; #1 DF keel (cut from a 2x10) and internal support strips; 1x4 sassafras keelson; white oak “chafing strips”; silicon bronze fasteners throughout; marine epoxy in all joints and end grain; two coats marine grade sealer then two coats marine grade urethane paint inside and outside; silicon bronze deck hardware; power is 9.9 HP Yamaha, four stroke.
Intended use In lakes and reservoirs in NJ and NY as well as protected ocean waters…fishing and motoring.
Time to build I spent 595 hours to build the boat which is way above average. In that time are the extra items not in the plans.
a) Console with battery compartment;
b) The stern queen seat for storage and fuel tank:
c) The foredeck;
d) Interior decking;
e) Storage under twarth; and,
f) Forward anchor storage.

For construction details contact Svein at

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