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Chesapeake Skiff Maryland Tonging Skiff

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Boat REF# 140051
This boat has been sold
Length 6.40m (21'0")
Year 1986
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Lifting Keel
Lying Chichester Harbour


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Extra Details

Designer Chapelle
Builder Lytham Marine
Lying Chichester Harbour
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Deadrise 5-10


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Length 6.40m (21'0")
Beam 2.13m (7'0")
Draft Min 0.30m (1'0")
Draft Max 0.30m (1'0")
Storage Dry storage


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Aluminium spars (unknown year)


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Reefing mainsail - (unknown year)

The rig is based on Nigel Irens high peaked lug rig. This has 148 sq ft between 2 sails.
No boom means that the boat has a safe feel, with no-one getting a bumped head.

The spars can be cunningly rearranged with a spare set of sails to produce a sprit rig if you prefer that.

The main mast is 'planted' through the deck and into a step that has been considerably strengthened from the original and is now very robust.

All the spars are standard aluminium tube sections of various appropriate diameters. The rig is surprisingly robust.

The blue sails were made by the original designer of the rig. The present owner has added some reinforcing tapes and improved the battens slightly. The sails set well. The mainsheet arrangement is unusual in that it needs to be swapped from one side to the other on every tack or gybe. However, the sheeting angles are right for good performance and a little practice and good seamanship may be required to tack and gybe smoothly.


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Construction Wood
Underwater profile Lifting Keel
Finish Paint finish

The construction of this boat is very solid and is worthy of a 40 ft yacht. It is all done to Chapelle's scantlings with the planking 1 1/8" thick. the boat is built in mahogany plank with Iroko deck and fitout.
The few massive frames & floors with longitudinal framing under the floorboards makes for a very clean and uncluttered internal layout.
The upper chine is planked along the boat and the joints are splined using copper roves.

The underwater chine is crossplanked as is correct for this type. (not splined)

The planks are attached to the frames with steel nails.


Plenty of space in the relatively shallow cockpit. Room to sleep 2 on board, plus a couple of small people but there is no cockpit tent.

Deck Gear

Tonneau cover tick
Fenders tick

1 anchors
0.00m (0'0") of chain

Broker's Comments

Classic wooden 21' dayboat built for 1st Douarnenez festival 1986 by Lytham Marine to lines, scantlings and method in Chapelle's 'American small craft' P 319, 'Maryland Tonging Skiff' from the Chesapeake Bay.
Rigged with Roxanne / Romilly style lug sails on alloy spars. Also has sprit sails for use with same spars.
Roomy shallow draught daysailer solidly built in mahogany plank.

Ideal picnic boat for protected waters.

The boat has been kept afloat in summer and in indoor storage during the winter in this ownership since 2007.

Reason for sale is that the owner is moving overseas and needs someone else to take on the stewardship of this lovely wooden daysailer.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Chesapeake Skiff Maryland Tonging Skiff has been personally photographed and viewed by Ross of Boatshed Hayling Island. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.