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A Gear Shift for Oars, Courtesy of Chris Cunningham, Small Boats Monthly

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Selway-Fisher's Medway Skiff

Selway-Fisher’s Medway Skiff Medway Skiff is a pretty little eleven foot rowing skiff that could be converted into a beautiful oar cruiser suitable for protected waters.

Selway-Fisher's Medway Skiff

She is very similar in concept to Bolger’s Cartopper… both offer a small, one-person oar-powered boat that, with suitable decking and collapsible shelter, would be comfortable for overnight or weekend mini-cruises.

Specifications:

LOA…………………………………10’9” (3.3m)
Beam……………………………….4’ (1.2m)
Mid Hull Depth………………..14” (0.34m)
Draft………………………………..4.5” (0.11m)
Dry weight……………………….75 lbs (34 kg)

Plan Overview and Designer Comments:

Medway Skiff Plans Overview

Plans available from Selway-Fisher or Duckworks.

Description by Selway-Fisher:

“The Medway 11 is a rowing skiff development of our Medway Doble design. We have retained the same 3 plywood planks per side and the simple stitch and tape method of construction. She uses just 3 sheets of 5 or 6mm plywood. As drawn, she is fitted out for single use with a central rowing thwart and with buoyancy/stowage compartments at either end. These can be replaced by seating so that she could take 3 adults. Her ‘V’ bottomed hull section has a moderate waterline beam keeping the wetted surface area to a minimum making her easy to row and straight tracking. She has a ‘wineglass’ shaped transom giving her some width at deck level with basically a double ended hull form at the waterline.” 

Photos:


Phil Beaumont built this beautiful example:

Phil Beaumont's Medway Skiff

The following photos are from the Sailstrait site.

Construction Bottom

Construction Interior

Construction Almost Finished


As an Oar Cruiser


To convert to an oar-cruiser, add decking and floorboards, provide shelter and add a downwind sail if desired.

We’ve presented four  potential oar cruisers that are less than 12 feet (3.7m):

I’d like your opinions in the Comments below (or an email to "tomoarcruising@gmail.com") on the concept of “compact oar cruisers less than 12' (3.7m)” such as the four above.

From your personal perspective...

  • What are the positive aspects? 
  • The negatives? 
  • Is the slower speed (due to shorter water line length) an issue for you? 
  • Do you feel they are practical for ‘weekend’ cruises in relatively protected waters? 
  • Would you want one? 
  • Why, or why not?


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