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Old 10-28-2007, 05:05 PM
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Default Amesbury Skiff Dory How do they ride? 16 ft Feedback wanted, what would you change? Stur-dee

Looking at the Amesbury 16 skiff. Give me all the info possible. Sturdee boats look nice. Speeds with different hp's. Ride- head chop, following chop, quarter? What would you change on your boat if you could? Do you wish she was longer or shorter?
More beam or less? Why did you buy one? Thanks for all your help, post pictures if you can.
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I owned one for three years. The Sturdee skiff is a classic design that has been in production for a long time thanks to its simple, well thought out design and solid construction. The narrow waterline beam allows the boat to move well with a 25hp engine yet the well flaired sides provide good reserve boyancy for rough water handling. While very seaworth for a 400 pound boat, don't expect it to ride well at planning speeds in a chop. This is a flat bottom boat, ideally suited for back water bays and rivers or coastal use on realatively calm days. Speed with 4 people and gear was about 25mph with a 25hp 2 stroke. Thats fast enough for a skiff.
Construction is hand laid glass with a balsa cored floor. Seats are mahogony, rails are oak. The boat feels solid thanks in part to the foam filled ledge that runs around the inside of the boat. The floor will flex somewhat in a chop. Consider this when mounting fuel tanks. Rather than securing fuel tanks to the floor, which could comprimise the core, I elected to secure to the bottom of the seat with a hinged piece. This allowed the floor and seat to move yet kept the tanks in place.
Storage is non-existant in this boat. I mounted a cooler under the front seat and opened up the area under the rear seats to fix that. Understand that you are removing floatation if you do this. If you elect to do this, I can share some details of how I did it and kept the compartments water tight.
I know I'll want that boat back some day.....






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Default Re: Amesbury Skiff Dory How do they ride? 16 ft Feedback wanted, what would you change? Stur-dee

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Wow that Sturdee is beautiful! You did a really nice job with the add-ons. Are those solar panels on hinges under the gunwale? I like the 12 volt outlet under the seat. What is the round thing under the seat with wire wrapped around it?

Just curious were the pictures taken on the Westport River?
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Yes, those are solar panels that could be flipped up and secured horizontally to better gather light. The batteries (AA NiMH) are under the seat in the plastic tube with the wire wrapped around it. That setup made enough power to run the sounder and, if needed, power a handheld VHF or GPS for a while. The first pic was taken off Washburn island in Waquiot bay. The second was Chatham harbor. Two of my favorite places...
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That is very nice.

We had one when I was a kid, they havent changed much in 20+ years it looks like. What I recall though is the flat bottom made it really frightening when you went fast. It felt like it would slide out from under you. We had a 25 hp.
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That was my first boat! I had removed the bench seats & installed a center console. Fiberglased in a piece of marine grade plywood to the deck & then epoxied the center console to the plywood. It was great on the bay, but any kind of a chop felt like kidney punches.
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Default Re: Amesbury Skiff Dory How do they ride? 16 ft Feedback wanted, what would you change? Stur-dee

They're nice skiffs, but if you built up a Holland 14', you'd have a much better boat. Downeast style, dry, SHARP entry and a 6' beam make this a great littel boat. Love mine...

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Man, your like "McGiever", with those innovative but simple ideas!
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Thanks Jettywolf. Us boaters from the Northern parts tend to have too much time on our hands in the winter. We can't use the boat so we mess with it! You lucky Southerners wouldn't know about that....
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Yeah I do.......this economy and war has been going on for "how long"????

I'm a full time charter guide, I have time on my hands these days believe me, more than 7 years ago!

But the weather is EZ to work in, thats for sure.
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Yeah I do.......this economy and war has been going on for "how long"????

I'm a full time charter guide, I have time on my hands these days believe me, more than 7 years ago!

But the weather is EZ to work in, thats for sure.
Well, if you're looking for something to do you're welcome to wax my boat since you don't need to wax yours!
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Drew,
We took our first trip into Waquoit Bay this past summer in late July. We didn't stay long because the green-heads drove us crazy!!! Is it always like that or just certain times of the year? It is a very pretty place wish we could have stayed longer.

Were did you get the solar panels? Did you use any kind of voltage regulator? We sometimes leave our Whaler unattended for a few weeks. Been thinking of adding solar panels to keep the battery top off to run the bilge pump.

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Default Re: Amesbury Skiff Dory How do they ride? 16 ft Feedback wanted, what would you change? Stur-dee

I have a 17' yankee dory. Looks like the same boat only a little bigger with a center console. I think the biggest difference is weight. I have a 30hp force with electric start. I wish I had 40hp or more. The boat is not rough in bay chop; but wet. I don't know what it weighs; but I can't even budge the bow.
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I had one for a couple years with a yami 25hp four stroke.

pros - one of the prettiest boats you could find, could go out for a day with one 6 gallon tank and always come back with gas, cheap and economical to run.

Cons - The engine was a bit much for the boat and could get scary with the back end sliding out at higher speeds. It would pound like no other in any chop, no storage.

I doubt I'd buy one again because the pounding thing. I found that if you had your passenger sit on the back bench seat and if you drove with a tiller extension standing right behind them the ride was ok if you kept the speed consistent with the conditions. Patience is not my strong suit so I found myself going too fast too often and taking a pounding for it.

I talked to the builders granddaughter at one of the boat shows and asked her why the old man hasn't made one with even just a little V in her bottom and she said that he was stuck in his ways .
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Drew,
We took our first trip into Waquoit Bay this past summer in late July. We didn't stay long because the green-heads drove us crazy!!! Is it always like that or just certain times of the year? It is a very pretty place wish we could have stayed longer.

Were did you get the solar panels? Did you use any kind of voltage regulator? We sometimes leave our Whaler unattended for a few weeks. Been thinking of adding solar panels to keep the battery top off to run the bilge pump.
Inaforty,
I think that green-heads can be a problem anywhere on the Cape. I don't think Waquoit is any worse than the rest. Maybe you caught it at a bad time. My favorite corner of Waquoit bay is about a quarter mile inside the East entrance on Washburn island. There is a small river that empties into the bay and a quiet piece of beach we always managed to have to ourselves. The Sturdy skiff was ideal for getting in to such places as it only draws a couple inches.
I bought the solar pannels at Boaters World or West Marine- about $30 each. I didn't use an external voltage regulator. The solar panels packaging claimed that they didn't require one. I'd think one would serve your needs well.
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Storage is non-existant in this boat. I mounted a cooler under the front seat and opened up the area under the rear seats to fix that. Understand that you are removing floatation if you do this. If you elect to do this, I can share some details of how I did it and kept the compartments water tight.

Hi Drew, just got my hands on an 1980 Amesbury 16 and am figuring out where to place a bilge pump and battery. Also I would love for you to share details on how you kept the 2 rear compartments water tight.
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I live near their factory and had a 14 foot Amesbury skiff for 4 years. Solid basic construction as related by other posters. Durable and tank-like, easy to maintain etc. There are a couple 16 foot Amesbury skiffs in slips where I keep . One installed a bilge pump and battery as these boats have no bilge and are not self bailing- they need to be pumped following rain etc.
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