by Simplicity Boats
a division of Creative Life Management
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.
our fine line of affordable, quality model sailboats that REALLY sail !
made of top quality materials to last a life time... get a "future
heirloom" today. Your grandchildren's kids will thank you!
The first skiff of our line
- 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)
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
Here are some of
Chameleon's rig possibilities...
||My current favorite rig is a Gaff Ketch, with a gaff main and a sharpie mizzen.
||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
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.... |
Blue Heron -
a two masted
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.
|| 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.
|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...;-) |
a penny won't go far these days?
||At just 6 1/2 inches long and 2
inches wide these boats really sail!
||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.
Affordable enough to get a whole fleet!
How did this dream start?
Plastic sails you can make for pennies...
A variety of
sailing methods for your boat.
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