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Old 12-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Everybody likes workboats, right?

I grew up in S. Louisiana. Not quite Bobby Bouchet but close! Here's a pretty close rendering of a typical 50's-70's Lugger used for everything from shrimping, to oystering, to a base camp for fishing/trapping in a smaller boat. As you can imagine these are insanely efficient designs that could use just about any engine. They were uniformly keel-cooled with a large truck muffler so they were pretty much silent. As you can tell they weren't rough water vessels, though the low freeboard on this one is somewhat exaggerated. This one is way over-powered IMHO but I'd love to have it and add a foot or so high toe rail to help deal with wakes.




She's even for sale!
http://neworleans.craigslist.org/boa/3409127303.html
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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These Forest Service boats common on the PNW coast in the 50s were almost yachty but still very much workboats that had the jennie running almost constantly. I took this picture in Craig Alaska about two years ago.
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Maybe it looks more like a lafitte skiff than a lugger. Interesting note though someone told me that a Biloxi lugger has the pilot house in the front and an alabama style lugger has the pilot house in the rear. I would say its a cross from a lafitte skiff and a alabama lugger. Good find though.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Fore and aft pics of one of my favorite fishboats.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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Great looking boats. Boats that are all business look great to me.

Interesting insights into the Lugger and Lafitte Paul.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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Lafitte skiffs are hard chined, planing hulls with little to no deadrise. They pretty much killed the true lugger when fiberglass construction became widely accepted. With the "new" skiffs' higher speeds, shallower draft (prop tunnels), and ability to make it home every night the old luggers were mostly relegated to being left at anchor in the passes with butterfly nets. Hands would run back and forth in large OB powered flatboats between tides to sell the catch and go home for a few hours. Sadly most of the old luggers either sunk in place or after being deemed in such bad shape that a complete refit would be needed they'd be stripped of anything useful or valuable and be towed into dead end canals any where along a tree lined pass and scuttled. Sadly my grandfather's lugger met this fate. It had passed hands a couple of times after he'd sold it but it always seemed to keep a slip at his seafood dock. During one of these intended purchases the potential buyer was down in the hull checking for soundness and his screwdriver poked all the way through a plank down near the keel!! I don't have any idea of the age of that old cypress boat but I can recall that she was considered one of the older boats still around back in the early 70's! To this day I still love the smell of oil and diesel in the engine room of a wooden boat. Its one of those trigger aromas for me.
On a side note there were some "skiffs" with rounded keels but flat sterns so they'd plane out, similar to a lobster boats profile. These were known as "Harry Clan" skiffs (atleast that is what they were called down around the mouth of the Miss. River). They weren't very popular, not sure why. They did run deeper than the Lafittes and they tended to be a wetter ride but softer in a chop. By and large they also were narrower, almost like someone took a lugger hull kept the keel level and chopped the rounded stern off flat.
The pretty flare at the bow on the boat in the first post was not present to that degree on any of the cypress luggers that I can recall.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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Here's some pics of a typical Lafitte style skiff. the first is a "plain jane" skiff rigged for pulling a trawl. The second is equipped with skimmers. If the net's frame made a complete box shape they would be called butterfly nets.

If you ever want to work your a$$ off get a job on one of these


Then get a job on one of these to see the difference in work required to accomplish the same ends!!
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The Coot does its best to emulate a workboat.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #9
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These skiffs have got to be one of the most versatile hull designs out there. They are made in 15' (had one) up to the 50+ foot range all with the same basic profile! We also bought a 34' Jefferson hull (shell with 2 main stringers, nothing else) and completed it and then rented a mold and completely built a 29'er from scratch. The link below is to Jefferson F'Glass, they are one of, if not THE biggest mass producer of these boats. Scroll down after clicking the link Boats to "see more photos", if you'd like to see some more of these workhorses.
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Spent my summers as a kid trolling for salmon with my old man off the beach in dories out of Pacific City, OR. This is not our boat, but it may as well have been:

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:33 AM   #11
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Great stuff twiisted.

Purchased plans for a 17' dory that looks remarkably similar to the boat you posted Matt. My boys and I are contemplating building it soon.
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Lots of time weather prefer work boats is figured by weather they ever want to go outside.

We have a 50 ft boat with 15 ft of after deck, not loved by folks where it rains 350 days a year.
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not loved by folks where it rains 350 days a year.
Ahh but I'd love your boat. I'd put an awning up that covered nearly all of the aft deck. Sittin' on the porch watching it rain is most relaxing

Maybe I could get the same guy who did all the blue canvas on the boat in the "Devalue" thread!!!!
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fstbttms,
Nice pic. Nice boat.

Good memories as I learned how to fly hang gliders there.

FF where on earth does it rain 350 days a year?
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fstbttms,
Nice pic. Nice boat.

Good memories as I learned how to fly hang gliders there.
Maybe this will look familiar then:

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FF where on earth does it rain 350 days a year?

PNW , Every time I went to Seattle or Portland for about 20years , I only remember 5 or 6 really nice sunny days.

I think it may rain 450 days a year there!
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I think it may rain 450 days a year there!
That's just what they want you to think. Keeps us Californians from moving there.
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