Melonseed Skiffs


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Melonseeds
Mike Wick

Ever since I moved to this area, twentysome years ago, I have been fascinated by the melonseed. My buddy, John, has one that is very light and fast. I was amazed how well it sailed, even in rough water. First thing I did was write to the Smithsonian for the Chapelle plans and imagine building my own version. It’s interesting that Chapelle says that it developed from the South Jersey Beach Skiff, only a little wider and flatter, with its tuckup keelson and the skeg added on. But it seems very modern and almost perfect for the way we use boats these days. Because it was developed for duckhunters and made to be dragged, paddled and portaged, the melonseed is easy to store at home, trailer, launch, and rig. I keep mine on a dolly at a local lake, and I use it often. Kind of like a wooden Laser. It takes only a matter of moments to get her ready for sailing. Melonseeds make a good choice for sailors who don’t go after ducks. They still want to explore the same waters and at least watch the ducks. At the same time, melonseeds are seaworthy with their fine entrance and sleek low hull; Adequate beam and form stability makes them stable and secure even in strong winds. I have cruised all over the area and have always felt secure. It may seem a paradox, but when the wind is gusty, I raise the daggerboard. That way, when a gust hits, the boat doesn’t heel over but skates to leeward, and I stay upright and dry. Continued on Mike Wick's page...

Reducks-Chapelle/ Smithsonian plans
Photo: Andy Slavinskas
John Guideras' w/extra strake
Photo: Andy Slavinskas
Gary Holmes' Bat-Wing Seed (Chapelle)
Photo: Andy Slavinskas
Rivus (Barto/Brady)
Photo: Rachel Cobb

Melonseeds
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Boat Name
Builder
Owner
Design(er)
Remarks
Status
Carl Weissinger
Mike Wick
John Brady 16'
Strip Planked
Actively sailed NJ
Candide
Marc Barto 13'
Strip Planked
Barry Long
Barry Long
Chapelle/Barto 13.8'
Strip Planked
Launched 2011
Marc Barto 13'
Glued Lapstrake
TOT YOT
Marc Barto 13'
Glued Lapstrake
Sailing in Texas
Mallard
Marc Barto 16'
Glued Lapstrake
Sailed in the UK
Steve Brookman
Steve Brookman
Barto/Brady 16'
Glued Lapstrake
Model
Mike Wick
Mike Wick
Roger Allen/Cortez
Cold Molded
Launched 2011
Laylah
Roger Allen/Cortez
Strip Planked
Florida
Reducks
Carl Weissinger
Carl Weissinger
Chapelle
Strip Planked
Chapelle
Strip Planked
Passion
Rex & Kathie Payne
Barto 16'
Strip Planked-Cedar
Jazz
Rex & Kathie Payne
Don & Sheila Traut
Chapelle 13.5'
Glued Lapstrake
Cincinnati, OH
Selkie
Scott Brumenschenkel
Scott Brumenschenkel
Barto
Strip Planked
New England
 
James Farrelly
James Farrelly
Barto
Glued Lapstrake
 
 
Phil Maynard
Chris Bickford
Chapelle 13.5'
Stitch & Glue
Jamaica Bay, NY
Babs
Rex & Kathie Payne
Rick Schramm
Chapelle 13.5'
Strip Planked-Sapelle
Madison, Wisconsin
Stray Wren
Bob Arant
Bob Arant
Barto 13'
Strip Planked
Nebraska
 
Mike Borrett
Mike Borrett
Chapelle 13.5'
Strip Planked
Oregon, W
Aria
Michael Bogoger
Michael Bogoger
Modifed Chapelle?
Glued Lapstrake
Keel version!
Mre Angharad
Sedge Island Skiffs
Evan Rudderow
Kerr/Barto/Chapelle 13.5'
Cold Molded
Actively Sailed NJ
Proud Mary II
Richard Honan
Richard Honan
Barto 16'
Strip Planked
Massachusetts
Steve Brookman
Steve Brookman
Barto 16'/Brady rig
Glued Lapstrake
Blue Hill, ME
 
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson
Modified Barto 13'
Strip Planked
Massachusetts
 
Doug Sharp
Doug Sharp
Modified Barto 13'
Strip Planked
Massachusetts
Sylvia
Josua Braun
Barto 16'
Strip Planked
Regensburg, Germany
Melonseed Light
Dave Gentry
Dave Gentry
Chapelle 13.5'
Skin on Frame
77 lbs!
Don Kerr
Don Kerr
Modified Barto 16'
Strip Planked Cedar
 
 
John Owen
John Owen
Barto 16'
Glued Lapstrake
Burlington VT
Melonseeds currently under construction
 
Mike Miedlar
Mike Miedlar
Modifed Chapelle 13.5'
Skin on Frame
 
 
Kevin Lott
Kevin Lott
Cortez 15.5'
Strip Planked
Waleska, GA
 
Tim Crawford
Tim Crawford
Barto 16'
Strip Planked
Longmont, CO
 
Bill Ryno & John
Bill Ryno & John
Barto 16'
Strip Planked
Appleton, WI
   


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