Enhanced Wooden Melonseed


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.


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.


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.


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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2016 16’5″ Gig Harbor Boatworks Melonseed Sailing/Rowing Boat

In excellent condition.


Located in Southern Delaware.

The boat was purchased for a total cost of $20,566, with a base price of $12,295. The various options listed below cost an additional $8,271 approximately

This Melonseed is a versatile hybrid rowing and sailing vessel. Rowing enthusiasts will appreciate the dual sliding rowing stations. The versatile and forgiving balanced lug sailing rig offers fine sailing capabilities.


It is very stable in the water and is a lot fun to sail or row. It is an easy boat to fall in love with, because it is equally adept at both sailing and rowing, and it is a beautiful boat as well with its fine bow and stern, elevated ends (which help it drive over chop), and graceful sheer line.

It is perfect for single-handed sailing, or for 2-3 adults (or a few children). If desired, the sail can be raised and lowered while underway via a halyard line. Jiffy reefing (single point) is included, as are lazy jacks. The lazy jacks allow for sailing rig to be set high enough such that the boom does not get in the way while rowing or sailing. The boat includes an electric motor (which can be attached to the rudder), along with a battery. See below for additional included features.


Standard features include a solid hand laid fiberglass hull, white exterior gelcoat, one sliding rowing seat, forward dry storage hatch, and bronze oarlock sockets. The boat is ready to sail with top a quality sail, and all required rigging & hardware.

Many optional features are included as well: second sliding rowing seat, port and starboard dry storage hatches, stainless steel rub strip on keel, laminated wood sheer, green gel coat line under sheer, “Dune Beige” interior deck color, (2) pairs of 9′ spoon blade oars, tan boat cover, docking fender package, ergonomic closed cell foam cushions for sliding rowing seats, 12V, 55 pound thrust electric motor, AGM battery, pre-wiring hidden inside hull for electric propulsion, custom fit galvanized Carnai trailer with hinged tongue and wheel, jiffy reefing, tiller extension, gear bag for balanced lug rig, (4) folding “pop up” stainless steel docking cleats, wide view rowing mirror with removable base, extra rim and tire (with mounting bracket) for trailer.


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Stunningly beautiful boat in great condition


The boat can be seen and/or picked up from either Malvern, PA or St Michaels, MD depending on what is easiest for the buyer.



My Melonseed is Brush Creek Yacht’s hull no. 7, built in 2013 to the specifications of the Smithsonian/Chapelle offsets. The boat is in great condition and has been garage kept since I bought it new. The boat is 13′ 6″ in length with a beam of 2′ 3″ and is constructed of Atlantic White Cedar planking over white oak steam bent frames, Cypress keel and deck beams. The hull is encapsulated with epoxy and fiberglass cloth both inside and out, and the interior is finished with a natural varnish. The hull is painted Teal blue with a white bootstrip using Awlgrip paint system. Decks are marine plywood covered with painted canvas. Floorboards are Cypress with an oiled finish. Coamings, rubrails and transom are mahogany. The mahogany cockpit coaming was upgraded to contain a beautiful natural wood inlay. The white Dacron sail is still crisp and in great condition, and an upgraded brass sail track was added by the builder. The 2013 custom fit loadrite trailer is also in great condition with very low miles.


This boat is a pure joy to sail. Quick and easy to set up at the ramp, she is fast, very stable and has handled everything that the Chesapeake Bay has asked. Only looking to sell her because I don’t have suitable storage at the place I spend summer weekends.


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Ivory hull, beige deck, tanbark sail.


Located at Crystal Lake, MI

This is an exceptionally good “like new” boat for a bargain price.  If you live in the Midwest and would benefit from buying a boat closer to you than the other boats listed on the brokerage page this is a good opportunity.


Owner’s comments:

This beautiful boat deserves a new owner who is a sailor!  Built in 2013 it is essentially a brand new boat having been in the water 8-10 times on Crystal Lake (in Michigan).  The rest of the time it was covered on a hoist or stored in a barn.  I first saw Melonseed skiffs when a group of them were sailing on Crystal Lake.  I bought one with every good intention of becoming a sailor.  Turns out I’m a fly fisherman … so my time on the water is spent fishing not sailing.  Neither the boat nor the trailer have been used much (so little that I never registered either one).  The trailer was used to get the boat here and then has been in the barn the rest of the time.


Included: Mooring cover, 7 ½’ oars, name “heavenly” and gold pinstripe, Cetol finish on the teak woodwork, trailer.

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