Brush Creek Wooden Melonseed…

Price Reduced!


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Like New 2013 Melonseed Skiff # 478



“Skylark” is as close to a brand new Melonseed as you will ever see, but priced nicely below her full retail value when new. Her total on the water time is less than 4 ½ hours, most of that in fresh water.  She has not been in the water the for past three years, lovingly cared for, covered and stored in a heated garage.

Optional equipment included the mooring cover, name and pinstripe, oars, Cetol finish on the woodwork, a US ensign and flagstaff on the rudder head, the anchor package and cushions.


The accompanying Loadrite trailer was purchased new with the boat in 2013 and has the upgrade larger 12” wheels & a spare tire, custom fitted for Melonseed. The trailer hubs were repacked with synthetic Amsoil marine lubricant and Bearing Buddies.  There are less than 200 miles on trailer and it is in pristine condition.


Owner’s Comments: “After sailing on Roger’s Melonseed the was no other name for me but “Skylark”; an old Jazz standard by Ella Fitzgerald and Wynton Marsalis. She moves seamlessly through the water with a grace that is impossible to capture. I only wish I had more time at the tiller.  However, arthritis, old ski injuries and years of sea kayaking have sadly caught up with both shoulders so it’s time so see the beautiful “Skylark” move on to another owner who can fully appreciate her beauty, fantastic sailing qualities and enjoy the Melonseed Experience.”


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1995 Melonseed Skiff # 106 “V Barca”

Located in Guilford, CT


Dark green hull. Beige deck, tanbark sail

I’m selling my Roger Crawford Melonseed after owning it for 12 years and have enjoyed every time I’m out on the water.  People who pass by in power or sailboats always let me know how beautiful it is and give the boat longing looks.


Generally, the boat is in good condition, especially for a boat of her vintage. The hull is in very good cosmetic condition along with the deck looking like new.  The mast and boom have been recently varnished and all the teak has been kept natural for low maintenance.   The teak woodwork needs a little spiffing up.  It’s has oiled teak woodwork which is easy to refinish if one desired to maintain that look, or wouldn’t be difficult to sand down and apply Cetol if the new owner desired to do that.


The trailer is in good condition and has had little use, has new lights and the bearing have grease fittings.


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1978 Crawford Gunning Dory

15’ LOA x 3’ 9” BEAM X 135 LBS.


The original owner of this boat was John D. one of the helpers at Crawford Boat Building.  We built several of these for ourselves (myself included) some friends and “friends of friends” who all were highly enthusiastic about the boat.  You can read quite a bit more about the Gunning Dory on the “Brokerage page” on the Melonseed Skiff web page.  We still build this boat on occasion.  This link will take you directly to that information is , and if you are at all interested in this boat I strongly encourage you to have a look at that information.  The Crawford Gunning Dory is one of the premier fixed seat rowing boats in its category.

Click here to learn more about the
Crawford Gunning Dory
and view “sister ships”

After many years of enjoyable rowing, John built himself a beautiful 25’ cutter and found that he wasn’t using the Dory that often, he sold the boat to a fellow in the neighboring town of Pembroke, MA where the boat currently lies.

Along with all the usual flattering endorsements about the Dory, that owner, now the seller told me that he has “Many fond memories rowing dory at night off the coast of Cohasset, MA, fishing for and catching lots of large striped bass. It is a very seaworthy craft.”

The woodwork is all teak.  You will note that the gunnels were built in the “spacer block” style, a much more upscale version than even the current production version.  The owner reports that the boat, while 40 years old was so solidly built, and well taken care of that it is in quite good shape.

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Located in SE Massachusetts


This handsome rugged wooden dory, was built by the noted Dory Shop in Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 2006. Custom paint and lettering.  It has a lobster hauler, comes with the original new trailer and a 5hp Mercury engine.

The Dories of North Atlantic are legendary for their seaworthiness, and this is a prime example of those wonderful workboats that became so well respected.  Dories are the boats that  have the longest history of production in North America, and they have been built continuously since the late 1700’s.  And, for good reason.


The boat was only launched 2 times, then shrink wrapped and stored safely indoors.  Excellent condition!

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2013 Brush Creek Melonseed, Hull #8



Wassail is located in Norwalk, CT

A beautiful all wooden boat. Made to the Smithsonian/Chappelle offsets.

LOA 13′ 8, Beam 4′ 4”, Weight 220 lbs. Draft 6″ to 2’6″, Cockpit length 6′ 1″. Dagger board model.

Hull color: dark green with gold pin stripe and white bottom, white deck. Dacron white 65’ sail with canvas sail bag. Waterproof full mooring cover. Two Brush Creek Yacht spruce oars. Douglas fir mast and spars (all 10’ 0”) varnished, with leather chafe guards on spars. Rowing seat with dagger board top plug.



All items in are excellent condition, and the boat is stored in a garage. All “Wassail’s” equipment, will stow inside the boat.

She won the Best Sail and Captain’s Choice awards at the 2013 Wooden Boat Show in Beaufort North Carolina. Boat is always covered and put in a garage. In excellent condition sans a few small dock rash bumps on the rub rail, no scratches on the bottom that I can see.



The hull is strip planked from repurposed and reclaimed Atlantic white cedar from a warehouse in Plymouth, NC. NC mountain grown white oak for the steam bent frames with NC old growth coastal cyprus keel deck beams and oil finished floor boards. The hull is encapsulated with epoxy and glass cloth inside and out. A natural varnish interior with the outside hull a beautiful Awlgrip paint system dark green above the water line, below the water line a nice white with a gold stripe at the waterline. Rudder color and paint scheme to match. The coamings, rub rail, transom and trim are mahogany. The dagger board has gorgeous alternating stick built wood pattern. Many inlaid fine cosmetic details.


The sail halyard and sprit snotter can be hoisted and tensioned from inside the cockpit. This feature is unique. Eliminates the need for brailing or scandalizing the sail. The sail is hoisted up on the mast in a track. The boat can be launched with sail down and then hoisted when underway or the sail can be brought down within seconds when required.

Includes canvas spar covers, sail bag, mast cover, dagger board cover, and a mooring travel cover (the same one that is used on Roger’s Melonseeds) and kayak anchor.

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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