The St. Lawrence River Skiff (SLRS) is a guide’s boat indigenous to the Thousand Islands Region of NY, emerging on both sides of the river around Clayton and Alexandria Bay, NY in the late 1800s. Its hull form evolved and became the standard river boat of its time. Guides had to row, all day, paying clients who wanted to productively fish the River. A guide might row 20-30 miles in a single day! The boats had to be stable, easy to row, and able to take all the conditions thrown at it in a day on the river. Today, families still row their Skiffs on the River for pleasure, picnics, and fitness. The easy-pulling nature of the Skiff even at maximum capacity makes them perfect for bringing the family out on a cruise or to an island picnic. The flat, plank keel make them easy to beach and sit up right at the boat house. Some Skiffs could be sailed and some of the boats specifically carried a centerboard, but the Bobby does not have a centerboard and shouldn’t. Bobby will excel at sailing downwind much like the Drake Rowboat. The other models could also sail downwind with a small lug or spritsail. Resist the urge to use a leeboard or centerboard. These add slot drag and complication. Row upwind; sail down.
- Amazingly detailed replica of the St. Lawrence River Skiff
- Handcrafted by master artisans using plank-on-hull construction
- Highly polished finish with multi-layered micro-sanded varnish.
- Flags and solid wood base included
- Propellers and rudders made from brass
- Rosewood, mahogany, teak and other exotic woods are carefully selected to build the model