2014 Melonseed # 490


Located in Michigan, 9 miles north of Toledo, OH

Dark Blue hull , Beige Deck, Linen Sail

Included: Mooring Cover, Canvas Travel Cover, Cloth bag for spars and sail, Lifting Bridle, 71/2′ oars, 6′ Kayak Paddle, Boom and Sprit on clam cleats, operated from cockpit, Tiller Tender, Oarlock mooring Cleat. 2014 Load Rite Galvanized Trailer W/ 12” wheels, spare tire.



“I bought this boat when I was 80, as an easy boat to sail and enjoy in my old age.  I am now 85 and sailed only once last year, now I am no longer sailing, I hope this boat goes to someone who will enjoy her and use her as carefully as I have. Never been in salt water and only sailed in local lakes. The oars have not been used, I use the kayak paddle when docking.”


*Iphigenia was Agamemnon’s daughter sacrificed for wind when his boat was becalmed on the way to the Trojan Wars. This is my shortest boat named after Iphigenia, and so Iphi for short.”

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2006 MELONSEED # 373 “Ghost”


Dark green hull, beige deck, tanbark sail.  Centerboard model.

Includes:  Mooring cover, 7 ½’ oars, name “Ghost” and gold pinstripe on the sheerline, oil finish on the teak woodwork, varnished spars, cleat on the foredeck, trailer.


“Ghost” has just had nearly $1000 worth of lovingly applied maintenance and refinishing back in the shop at Crawford Boat Building and she is in lovely condition.  The green hull was buffed to a like new shine, her teak woodwork was sanded and refinished with teak oil to achieve a nice rich look, Douglas fir spars stripped and re-varnished and all the little things that we do here in the shop to assure that a boat is in great shape and ready for a new owner were done. The trailer is in very good condition with a very convenient lighted plastic “guide on” posts, and new Bearing Buddies.


“Ghost” was built for a lovely woman and her family in Duxbury, MA, and was well loved and cared for and in quite good condition even before we spiffed her up.  It’s time to find her another home so that she can bring the same joy to new owners.

This is an excellent boat at a very fair price.


Ghost can be seen in Duxbury, MA

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2000 Melonseed Skiff # 224 “Sea Belle”


Ivory hull, beige deck, tanbark sail. Centerboard model. Includes oars.

“Sea Belle” was built in 2000 for a family that has a summer home on the South River only about a half mile from my boat shop. She was used lovingly by three generations of the family over the last 17 years, and I would often have folks stop by the shop during the summer months and tell me they saw one of my boats out on the river. It was as much a source of pride for me as for the owners to receive compliments on how pretty she was.


“Sea Belle” is now available at a very reasonable price for a boat in this condition to bring joy to a new owner.

She came in the boat shop for a complete reconditioning last month and now is looking about as lovely as a used Melonseed could. We restored the gelcoat on the hull to a high gloss, stripped and re-varnished her spars with several coats of new varnish, the teak woodwork on the boat was stripped and refinished with Cetol and her rudder and tiller refinished with gloss varnish. All rigging and bungees were replaced. The very bottom of the hull was coated with graphite and epoxy to resist scratching and abrasion. Quite simply you can rest assured that the boat was given all the TLC that we could smother her with.


The sail shows a tiny bit of aging, although is in general in very serviceable condition with many years of use still possible, and those sails made for us by David Howard perform superbly! Her mooring cover could use a little bit of repair work here and there to tighten up a little wear but is still waterproof and more than good enough to easily go for a few more years if necessary.

There is no trailer with the boat. You can provide your own if you need one, or we can supply a new one if that’s the best option.


“Sea Belle” is located at the boat shop where she was built at Crawford Boat Building in Marshfield, MA.

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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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