Frugal Skiff Gallery

Paul, Just wanted to send you a few photos of the 10′ Frugal Skiff I built last spring for my son as a wedding present. It was christened the “WEE DEW” and will be enjoyed by my son and daughter-inlaw on the water in and around Brewster, MA. Rob Leary [Falmouth H.S. Shop Teacher] recommended you and the process was terrific. This was my first attempt at boat building and I hope to build several more Shoestring Shipyard models in the future. Thank you for a pleasurable first go at boat building.
Steve Petty
West Falmouth, MA

I took a Backyard Boatbuilding course with Bob Leary over at Falmouth High Night School last winter and built the Frugal Skiff 14′ pictured in the attached photos. If you look close you will see a few extra features, otherwise its your design. The lines are a real eye catcher. People stop and ask about it every time we launch. I set it up for power and we had a real blast out on Vineyard Sound and the coastal ponds last summer. With a 9.8 two stroke it really goes!
Jeff Silcox
W. Falmouth, Massachusetts

8′ Frugal Skiff completed by Matt Newcomb of Exeter, Rhode Island.


I enjoyed building and using this boat…it impressed everybody who has seen it.
Al of Buzzard’s Bay, Mass., a first-time boatbuilder constructed this 12′ Frugal

Paul, I want to thank you for the great time that was had in building the 10 ft. Frugal Skiff. As I am sure you have heard from other first time builders, this deserves a well done & an ATTA BOY! The boat was built for my boss with the help of his young kids as a complete surprise to him. It was launched on Georgica pond East Hampton NY on Labor Day weekend with all the fanfare you had suggested. My problem now is in how share time in the boat, maybe another project is in order. If you have any ideas it would be helpful. Once again thank you for a great learning experience.

Your new fan, Tom Power  Wainscott, NY

“This was my first boatbuilding experience and I am very pleased with how the boat turned out. Based on your advice, I added oak transom knees, quarter knees, and a breast hook so that I could use a small outboard. I am already thinking about my next project and trying to figure out how large a boat I could build in my garage. Thanks again for answering my questions so quickly and thoroughly.” – Adam Anderson, Stoughton, MA.

“Maria E”, a 14′ Frugal Skiff built by Walt Biondi of Eastham, MA.
Walt built this Frugal Skiff in our October 2000 boatbuilding class and finished it over the winter.

12′ Frugal Skiff built by Charlie Fosgate of Pocasset, MA. Charlie and his wife built this Frugal Skiff in our October 2000 boatbuilding class. He completed all the finishing touches and painting at home over the winter.

Tom Cavanaugh and friend building a 10′ Frugal Skiff in the August 2000 class.

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