13’ 6” WOOD MELONSEED FOR SALE

Located in Norwell, MA

This boat was likely built from the Mark Barto Woodenboat plans by the owner.  It is quite sound structurally, watertight and fit to sail.  It has a Crawford Melonseed rig with the 62’ tanbark sail.  The boat hasn’t been used in a few years and is in need of fresh paint and a small amount of TLC, and perhaps a few inexpensive rigging and hardware items, but nothing beyond the range of anyone handy with a paint brush a few basic tools and a little enthusiasm.

I believe the trailer accompanies the boat.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a Melonseed Skiff at the absolute lowest price you are likely to ever find one!

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16’ 1977 CRAWFORD SWAMPSCOTT DORY

ROWING & MOTOR MODEL

16’ LOA x 6’ Beam, 3” draft, approximate displacement 400 lbs.

Located in Lebanon, Maine Sale includes boat, 6hp Johnson 4 stroke, trailer and a pair of beautiful custom made oars that are properly spec’d for this boat.   All in good to excellent condition.

Dory style boats were the first type of watercraft built in the New World when the Europeans first explored and settled this continent, and they are still in production today. North Atlantic fishermen have used dories for centuries, creating an unmatched legend of dependability and performance in even the most adverse conditions. It would be hard to find a boat more revered for its history of seaworthiness.

The Swampscott Dory, recognized as the aristocrat of the dory family are considered to be the most eye appealing of all the different dory types.  In contrast to its cousins, the narrower straight sided dories, the Swampscott’s rounder sides, and soft lines make more graceful in appearance, and pleasant to row.

Rowing for exercise and pleasure has made a big comeback in recent years, and of course dories are known as fine rowing boats in either rough open waters or quiet back waters.  When you first row the Swampscott Dory you will immediately sense how efficient and easy she is to handle.  She carries well and tracks nicely.  The broad beam and wide thwarts allow two oarspersons to sit side by side, or, one aft and one forward.  It can be rowed by only one, or up to four persons.  It’s fun to row in this fashion, and a great way to teach children to handle a rowing boat.

A unique motor well is built into the inside of the boat in the stern area.  It allows the outboard motor to tilt up for beaching and will work with the rudder in place. Because the true displacement hull is so efficient it takes only a small 3 horsepower engine to push the boat close to hull speed.

  • Owner’s comments:

Such a classic little craft! Every time we launch, we hear comments like: “what a beautiful boat!”

Enjoy an afternoon cruise around the harbor or lake, use as a tender to get to a mooring, and it’s a surprisingly stable fly-fishing platform, salt or fresh. We have enjoyed her a great deal. However, with grandchildren becoming more numerous, we need a bit more space.

Time to pass her on to another group to enjoy.

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MELONSEED SKIFF # 97

Located in Oak Beach, Long Island, NY

Blue hull, gray deck

Sails: (two)

  • White with vertical panels & reef points. Excellent condition
  • Tanbark. Very good condition (two hard-to-see minor stains)

Brightwork:

  • Spars, tiller, cockpit slats, coamings, rudder refinished 2021 with Epifanes clear varnish and Cetol Marine Light.

Oars:

  • Refinished 2021 with tung oil / paint. Stitched plastic “leathers”.

Lines:

  • New England Rope’s “Vintage” polyester sheet, snotters, mast hoops.

Trailer:

  • New 2021: tongue jack, fenders, coupler, bearings, rollers, guide posts.
  • Spare wheel/tire with mount. Ready for a long distance run.

Two Storage Covers: (1) New, never used, (1) serviceable.

Cockpit support boom

Extras:

  • Anchor with rode
  • (2) PFD seat cushions
  • Bow brass rubbing-strip
  • (2) Low-freeboard fenders
  • Mast chafe protection at deck
  • Stern flag staff
  • Bailer scoop
  • Epifanes clear varnish
  • Cetol Marine Light

General condition:

Gray deck and cockpit – excellent

Blue hull – some scratches below waterline.

Owner’s comments:

I bought the boat late last year and spent the winter detailing it to my obsessive standards. After getting used to how it handled, I invited my non-sailing wife out for a cruise. Unfortunately, she now likes sailing so much that she wants us to buy a bigger boat that will fit the two of us a little more comfortably. So, goodbye Melonseed.  

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1994 MELONSEED SKIFF # 87

Located in Milwaukee, WI

Owner’s comments:

The boat is in beautiful condition, freshwater use only.  Includes a new sail and new mooring cover, in addition to the original ones.  Also included but not pictured is a Seitech boat dolly. Hopefully, the pictures say everything.  I love this boat and when I used to live on Green Bay, I sailed nearly every day.  Sadly, I moved to Milwaukee ten years ago and I am not on the water.  The boat has been safely stored in my barn for a decade. Includes oars, covers (2), Sails (2), extra pair of raised oarlocks, protective covers for spars, daggerboard and other parts, trailer.

Roger’s comments:

Although I haven’t seen the boat since it was built, it’s obvious to me from my communications with the seller, and carefully looking at the photographs that the boat has been beautifully maintained.  It’s a fine example of how well Melonseeds hold their value when well loved and cared for.

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16’ 1978 CRAWFORD SWAMSCOTT DORY

ROWING/MOTOR MODEL

(not set up for sailing, but could be converted if necessary)

Located in SE Massachusetts

L.O.A. 16’ 0”

Beam 6’0”, Beam @ W.L. 3’ 0

Displacement (approx.) 300 Lbs.

Transom height – 15” (short shaft)

For more information about the Crawford Swampscott dories go to:

http://www.melonseed.com/dory.html

Dories were the first type of watercraft built in the New World when the Europeans first explored and settled this continent, and they are still in production today. North Atlantic fishermen have used dories for centuries, creating an unmatched legend of dependability and performance in even the most adverse sea conditions. It would be hard to find a boat more revered for its history of seaworthiness.   The Swampscott Dory, recognized as the aristocrat of the dory family, is considered to be the most eye appealing of all the different dory types.  In contrast to its cousins, the narrower straight sided dories, the Swampscott’s rounder sides, and soft lines make more graceful in appearance, a very smart sailor and pleasant to row. The fiberglass versions of the Swampscott built at Crawford Boatbuilding were built with exceptionally solid hulls.  This Dory has mahogany woodwork and bronze hardware.  If you were considering installing an outboard motor the boat would perform quite well in most situations with just 3 – 5 HP, and should not have an engine any larger than 6 HP.

The boat includes a full size LoadRite trailer that has never been in the water.

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Enhanced Wooden Melonseed

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Located in Greenport, NY

LOA 13’ 8” L x 4’ 10” B. Depth at midship 12”. Built by Fred Plouffe, modifying classic Smithsonian design. Mahogany and teak construction, with mainsail and jib (attaches to bowsprit that swivels on the fore deck). Fiberglass coated hull. Comes with Bandit trailer, sails, both Sunbrella and hard covers, a tent that mounts over the cockpit; hand-carved spars, rails, oars, oarlocks and rowing seat/storage box that slides under the foredeck to leave an open cockpit, 6’ 9” x 2’ 10,” with twin bilge or baffle boards shock cord loaded under opposite decks. Will include compass that mounts at the foredeck.

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Comes with Bandit trailer (including spare wheel and tire, plus oil injection tool; straps to secure boat, sails and spars to the trailer.

Always dry sailed, stored in a garage, and washed with clear water after every outing, the boat is in great condition, with gorgeous bright work. Hull and deck are clean and sound; might want fresh paint.

Because it has always been dry sailed, this boat has never needed to be registered. It does not have a number on the transom.

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The trailer has not been used for a couple of years. It has always worked fine. I no longer have a vehicle with a trailer hitch to check the wiring. I do have a new copy of title for the trailer that needs only signatures to transfer ownership. Because the wheels on the trailer are half the size of auto wheels, speed on the road should not exceed 50mph. When I purchased boat with trailer, it traveled without incident from Pittsfield, MA to the eastern end of LI, and it carried the boat perfectly.

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I purchased the boat directly from Fred who, forced to sell after two hip replacements, urged me to enjoy it fully and treat it as carefully as he had. Over years of sailing from Halleck’s Bay on the North Fork of LI, every single outing included a moment when another sailor asked, what is that beautiful boat? It’s been a joy waking to observe tide and wind, entering the bay, passing through the gut with the prevailing NE current and gliding swiftly along the shores of Shelter Island. It takes agility to handle sails and bilge boards. Now it’s my time to pass this boat in trust to another caring day sailor.

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LAPSTRAKE ROWING & SAILING BOAT

14′ WOOD LAPSTRAKE ROWING & SAILING BOAT

Located in Plymouth, MA

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This is a nice, light  and well built little rowing and sailing craft that that can be bought for a VERY reasonable price.

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It has a rowing seat and oarlock fiberglass attachment (made by Old Town I believe), but don’t know who built the boat or when. About 14′ long.  Has mast and sail but no dagger boards or rudder.  Nice to row though, and in good condition.

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All inquiries should be made to Doug Gray at 508.789.5644