Saturday, October 10, 2009

What exactly is a Goat Island Skiff?

The Goat Island Skiff is a very pretty design by Australian designer, Michael Storer. It is a minimalist, lightweight skiff with a flat bottom and hard chines. The "Goat" may be powered by small outboard motor, oars or its generous balanced lug rig sail. The GIS as it's commonly called is gaining in popularity and new boats are appearing from home workshops all over the world at the rate of about one a week at present.

Vital statistics of the Goat Island Skiff:
Length - 15'6" (4.73m)
Beam - 5ft (1.52m)
Hull Weight - 128lbs (57kg) - Gaboon (Okoume) Ply
Sail Area - Lug 105 sq ft (9.75 sq metres)

Check out the designer's web page here.

These pics are of one of the first Goats built about 15 years ago... They are "borrowed" from the designer's website, but I'm sure he won't mind.

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