Sail Area—96 sq ft
This is the “flattie” model of this skiff — there was also a V-bottom version similar to the 18′ Modified Sharpie Skiff. The model shown here has deadrise in the stern only, and represents a transitional type between the pure flat-bottomed sharpie and the deadrise, or V-bottom, skiff (small craft), and skipjack and bateaux (large craft). Another of this type is represented by the 24′ Chesapeake Flattie. The 18′ Modified Sharpie Skiff is an example of the next stage of evolution on the Chesapeake. In the words of Chapelle:
These stick-up rigged flattie skiffs were highly regarded [on the Bay] and did not go wholly out of use until the motorboat drove sail out. The skiffs were particularly approved of for weatherliness in a fresh wind, and some were said to be able to go to windward in strong winds under the stick-up sail alone, which seems impossible theoretically. [American Small Sailing Craft]
The source for this vessel is Fig. 113, American Small Sailing Craft.
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