Planking: Cedar
Stem, rails and knees: White oak
Frames: Hand-sawn white oak
Transom and breast hook: Honduran mahogany
oar lockSeating: White pine
Fastenings: Silicone bronze ring nails and screws; copper rivets and burrs
Hardware: Bronze bow eye, cleats, drain plug, oar locks and sockets
Finish: Interlux and Pettit marine enamel; Epifanes varnish
breast hookOptions include:
White pine, or Honduran mahogany planking Mahogany or cedar seating
Boat bottom encapsulated in West System epoxy and fiberglass

Yacht finish: Varnished rails, transom, breast hook and seats.

Frighteningly traditional
‘thole pins’
thole pins

Complete boat refinishing and maintenance services
At Lowell’s, we work with each customer on an individual basis and consider each boat a custom order.
Please inquire for additional details on building and delivery options.



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Merrimack Skiff

The Lowell Merrimack Skiff is designed to be a pleasure to row and enjoy on the water. This variation of the Salisbury Point Skiff dates from the 1920's when outboard motors were first being developed. It is widened at the transom to more easily handle a small outboard motor, and has a single rail and three planks per side to lessen the cost of construction. An upscale fifteen-foot version of this versatile craft that is featured at the Mohonk Mountain House is also available with a double rail and brass half-oval rub strips. Lowell's Merrimack Rowing Skiffs have been used by generations of fishermen, campers, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and rowing enthusiasts. They have proven to be extraordinarily seaworthy, safe and sturdy -- boats built more than thirty years ago are still in use. Comfortable and easy to row, this skiff is outstanding for both oar and motor. For traditionalists, a notch can be cut in the transom for sculling with one oar.

Merrimack Skiff Specifications
Beam Depth
@ Mid-ships
12' 52" 16" 160 lb.
14' 54" 18" 200 lb.

“The various successful adaptations of the classic… skiff built by the Lowell Boat Shop is testimony to the versatility of the design.” John Gardner (Classic Small Craft You Can Build, Mystic Seaport Museum, 1993)

Merrimack Skiff
Merrimack Skiff 1  Merrimack Skiff 2  Merrimack Skiff 3

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Tel: 978-834-0050