Hull # REDBMS482E313

Located in Norwalk, CT

Dark blue hull, ivory deck, tanbark sail

With the exception of minor gel coat scratches reflecting the coarse nature of the sand on Norwalk Island beaches, the boat is in essentially “like new” condition. It has been lovingly maintained and thoroughly washed, cleaned and dried after each sail.

Sold fully found and ready to use as follows:

  • Varnished spars and tanbark sail.
  • Varnished oars with traditional bronze closed oarlocks and heavy-duty rubber sleeves and stoppers.
  • Cetol-finished rudder, tiller, floorboards and cockpit coaming.
  • 4 Airex foam life-preserver cushions.
  • Folding backrest cockpit seat.
  • 10-lb. Coated mushroom day anchor & 50’ of 3/8” nylon rode.
  • 2 life vests (C02 activated).
  • Manual water pump.
  • Seitech beach dolly with custom-fitted Dynamic dolly wheels featuring non-friction ball bearings for effortless rolling, and also with the upgrade “fat” wheels that will roll over even sugar sand if necessary.
  • Removable custom-made trailer hitch attachment so dolly can be pulled by car (slowly) on steep launching ramps and private roads to long-term storage.
  • Waterproof mooring cover for storage above tide line and/or near launch site.
  • Custom-made Sunbrella cover (fits over mooring cover) for long-term storage.

(ROGER’S COMMENTS): Not only is this a very clean boat, well-loved and properly maintained, but note that it includes probably $1500 worth of after market items and accessories the seller acquired that will be of great value and use to “Lulu’s” new owner. This Melonseed is a very good value selling for only one about half the retail price of cost of a new Melonseed and equipment at current prices.

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Hull # RDBMS254E101

Ivory hull, beige deck, tanbark sail,

Located in St. Augustine Florida

Melonseed #254 in excellent like new condition maintained by original owner. Includes Loadrite Galvanized trailer (good condition), oars and oar locks never used, tanbark sail, lifting rig, and cover (has one small patch and needs some seam reinforcing).

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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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(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:

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


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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Located in Plymouth, MA


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


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.


All inquiries should be made to Doug Gray at 508.789.5644