This high quality, highly detailed, intermediate level, Skipjack model is Brand New, fully assembled and ready for display (not a kit). This Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Model was specially designed & built by the plank on bulkhead method (joining multiple small pieces of wood like Rosewood, Mahogany, Teak and other exotic tropical wood together on the hull).
The Maryland oyster dredging boat model is built exactly to scale as the original Skipjack was with many details. The task required skillful craftsmen hundreds of hours to accomplish.The model measures 29 long from bow to stern. It's a fabulous work boat model that will be a conversation piece for any room or office. Size: 29" overall length x 31" height x 6 width. Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Oyster Dredging Boat Model 29. This high quality, highly detailed, intermediate level, Chesapeake Bay Skipjack model is Brand New, fully assembled and ready for display (not a kit).
The Maryland oyster dredging boat model is built exactly to scale as the original Chesapeake Bay Skipjack was with many details. The Skipjack arose near the end of the the 1800s. Dredging for oysters, prohibited in 1820, was again made legal in 1865.
Boats of the time were unsuitable, and the Bugeye developed out of the log canoe in order to provide a boat with more power adapted to the shallow waters of the oyster beds. The Bugeye was originally constructed with a log hull, and as the supply of appropriate timber was exhausted and construction costs rose, builders looked to other designs. They adapted the Sharpies of Long Island Sound by increasing the beam and simplifying the sail plan. The result was cheaper and simpler to construct than the Bugeye, and it quickly became the predominant oystering boat in the bay.Debate remains to this day about the origins of the name. Some speculate it came from a name New England fisherman called the flying fish, Bonita. Still others claim it is derived from an archaic English term, meaning an inexpensive yet useful servant. Maryland's oyster harvest reached an all-time peak in 1884, at approximately 15 million bushels of oysters. The oyster harvest has since declined steadily, especially at the end of the 20th century. The size of the fleet has likewise declined. New Skipjacks were built as late as 1993, but a change in the law in 1965 allowed the use of motor power two days of the week. As a result, few of the boats are operated under sail in commercial use; instead, a pushboat is used to move the Skipjack, and little dredging is done except on the days that power is allowed. At one time, the number of Skipjacks produced is estimated at approximately 2000; today, they number about 30. The future of the fleet remains in doubt as efforts continue to restore the productivity of the oyster beds.
The Skipjack was designated the state boat of Maryland in 1985. Highlights about this model work boat.100% hand built from scratch using "plank on frame" construction method. Included with this intermediate level sailboat model is a solid wood base with a brass name plate. Condition: New (fully assembled) you just need to raise up the mast. Undreds of hours where required to finish this model sailboat. Completed model contains thousands of details created by skillful master craftsmen. Made of finest wood like Rosewood, Mahogany, Teak and other exotic tropical wood.
Chrome and brass fittings and ornaments constitute the excellence of this model. Extensive research through original plans and pictures make this model authentic.
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