This Mayfly 14 is by John Dominique in Louisiana...
MULTI PURPOSE SKIFF, 14' X 4' X 200
Mayfly14 is a straight forward flat
bottomed plywood skiff for sailing and rowing. She's easy
to build because her planks have no twists. That means
that the chine log and wale bevels are constant for all
practical purposes and can be presawn before assembly.
The construction is of the simplest nail and glue variety
with no building jigs or lofting required - an "instant"
boat. The prototype was built by Garth Battista and kids
in Halcottsville, NY.
I think this boat is about the right
size for a lot of folks, although I might argue that it
is too heavy to cartop with comfort and once you decide
to trailer a boat you might as well go to a sixteen footer.
Mayfly14 will take two adults easily and yet still be
a wonderful solo boat.
The sail rig is a balanced lug which
is easy to build and stow. I recommend that my customers
sew their own sails either from common polytarp (as Garth
did in the boat shown above) or real Dacron sailcloth.
The plans show instructions for sewing in real sailcloth.
You need a sewing machine that sews zigzag stitches and
cheap home machines are usually good at that. I don't
claim to be the world's best sailmaker but it is not majic.
I can do it and so can you. The clothes you are wearing
are ten times more complex than a small sail. There are
a few rules to follow and I give an essay on that with
each set of sailboat plans. In fact I suggest you sew
your sails before you build your hull. Both sail and hull
require about the same work space. Sew the sail first,
roll it up, stuff it in a closet, and now your workspace
is ready for your hull. Getting the sail done can get
you over a big mental hurdle.
Garth's friend Ari made this Mayfly14
shown in shallow water at Long Island Sound:
Here is another by Don and Tom Burton
Mayfly14 needs three sheets of 1/4"
plywood and two sheets of 1/2" plywood.
Mayfly14 plans are shown complete in
reduced size in my
book along with Garth's blow-by-blow assembly
photos plus a huge amount of other stuff.