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by Simplicity Boats
a division of Creative Life Management 
A Celebration
of Traditional Sail...

These pond boats are no longer available for sale.

I've left the pages up to inspire home builders.

A book is in the works with full sized plans.

Experience our fine line of affordable, quality model sailboats that REALLY sail !

All made of top quality materials to last a life time... get a "future heirloom" today. Your grandchildren's kids will thank you!


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"Blue Heron" Florida Sharpie

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"Puddle Pals"

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The first skiff of our line is "Chameleon" - more than a boat,  she's an education in traditional sailing rigs.

The hull is solid spruce, 12" long by 3 1/4" beam. Her lines are based loosely on my sharpie skiffs Daydream & award-winning Summer Breeze. She is available with a variety of different rigs. (See below)

Each comes with a quality spruce hull, ripstop sailcloth rig (available in assorted colors), all brass hardware, and a cypress keel with removable high wind weights. These boats are made so your grandchildren will be using them to teach their kids about sailing. They look as good on your mantle or coffee table as they do bounding over the waves!  

Here are some of Chameleon's rig possibilities...








gaffketch.jpg (14428 bytes) My current favorite rig is a Gaff Ketch, with a gaff main and  a sharpie mizzen. 

 PSkeeldetail.jpg (13931 bytes) Our unique weighted keels can render all our boats un-swampable. Oh they may take an occasional knock down, but they're right back on her feet sailing in an instant!  A closer look at our magnetic ballast.

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Her keel weights are removable and so need not be used in light breezes. 

The removable keel also make the skiffs easy to display on a coffee table, mantle or shelf.

Additional Chameleon sail rigs can be purchased separately which allows you to experiment and learn how different rigs behave - They can also be used in combination. The eight configurations shown below can be achieved with just TWO rigs - the Sharpie Ketch & the Gaff rig....  
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blueheron.jpg (24710 bytes)Blue Heron - 
a two masted Florida sharpie 

Trimming the aft sail out slightly farther than the main makes her self correct when she tries to head down wind.
Here is "Blue Heron" - an 18" two masted sharpie reminiscent of those that plied the waters pulling oysters out of the Chesapeake Bay and delivering mail in South Florida at the turn of the century. Her graceful lines and gently rounded transom contribute to her distinctive looks. She can be rigged five ways.  As a ketch, yawl, schooner also main alone & mizzen alone. (for higher winds) She uses two keels to give plenty of control and stability while maintaining shallow draft like her full sized sisters.  

Our removable keel  makes the Heron easy to display on a coffee table, mantle or shelf. 

 heronRB.jpg (16540 bytes)  Hulls came standard in spruce, but were available in cypress for a small extra charge. Cypress has natural resistance to rot and wood eating organisms and takes a finish beautifully.  heronspruce.jpg (16759 bytes)
It is a little denser than spruce so your boat will weigh slightly more. They still sail great, it will just affect how big a party you can throw on board or how much cargo you can haul...;-) 

Penny Puddle Pals... 
              Who says a penny won't go far these days?
 pudsunset.jpg (13500 bytes) At just 6 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide these boats really sail!    pudpalstwo.jpg (6672 bytes)
 pudpalprofile.jpg (7218 bytes) Ever feel that just a little extra cash could help you stay on your feet? Well, with these Penny Pine Puddle Sailors it only takes two cents! 

They're so much fun to decorate and put together that they only came as kits.

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Affordable enough to get a whole fleet! 

How did this dream start?

Experimental Plastic sails you can make for pennies...

A variety of sailing methods for your boat.

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