Swift Skiff SUP

This turned out to be one of the most satisfying little projects!  With a contract to design a couple of touring and fishing stand-up paddle boards for a customer in Florida, Mother’s Day right around the corner, and my wife away for a couple of weeks, I took this opportunity to build the first prototype before sending the kits to the customer.  

All of the plywood parts were cut on a CNC router and fit perfectly together.  

Every step of the way seemed to only take an hour or so before moving onto the next step.  This was perfect for working in the evenings before dinner or after the kids were in bed.  The interior structure and the plywood skins went together quickly and soon we had a board.  

I got the kids involved with as much as possible.  They really enjoyed picking out the decorative fabric and helping to create the turtle artwork.  

With just a few days before Mother’s Day, the paint and prep work finally began.  It was hard to convince our 5 year old that we couldn’t just paint the whole thing pink!

In the end, it was a nice surprise and she really loved it. 

We were quite happy with the performance of the board.  It is stable, paddles fast, and cuts through small chop.  I was also pleased that it only weighed 32.5 lbs. with all of that decoration, a mere 1/2 lb. lighter than calculated. 

We have two models available; a 12′ version and a 13′ version.  The shapes are the same but the 13 footer has much more capacity for carrying gear like a cooler, fish box, rods, etc. 

For more info, please see the Swift Skiff SUP page. 

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Island Trail 22 – Sea Trials

I had the great pleasure to join George Blackford, the builder of the Island Trail 22, for a couple of days of sea trials.  The weather was perfect (albeit warm for this Northerner) for the start of trials: sunny skies, flat water, and consistent wind. Continue reading

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18′ Fly Fisher

Another busy Winter is shaping up at CYD.  Among three other designs, we are currently working on a 18′ Fly Fisher for a client in Canada.  With a great deal of experience, this fisherman really knows what he wants to achieve with his boat.  It has been a real pleasure discussing and brainstorming solutions for all sorts of small design aspects to make this boat just right.  From the center console to custom lock-able rod lockers, this boat will surely meet his needs.  

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Estivo 16 – Under Construction

Construction is well underway on the Estivo 16 Sport, the first model in the Estivo Runabouts line.  




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Island Trail Construction Update

George Blackford is nearing completion on his Island Trail 22 build.  This post of pictures shows the detail that is part of the paint process, the construction of the carbon fiber sprits, and installation of some hardware.   

Companionway rails, hatch, and forward hatch

Cabin port lights


Comfortable seating height

Hull and deck are primed

Aft Deck painted

Deck and Cabin are finished

Cabin painted

Sprit cores laminated

Carbon Fiber sleeve slides over the core

Carbon Fiber is wet out and shrink wrapped

The carbon parts: masts and sprits

Topcoat on the topsides

Hardware getting installed




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A 28′ Weekend Racer And A 16′ Runabout

Here are a couple new concepts that we are working on this Winter:

28′ Weekend Racer

At first glance, the design brief for the 28′ Weekend Racer is pretty straightforward; a lightweight, high performance sailboat that is to be used for weekends with the family and racing with your crew.  

But as most designs go, we couldn’t stop there….

Mixing classic aesthetic elements with modern style, we have set out to create a timeless design that will turn heads on and off the race course.  The large, open cockpit will leave plenty of lounging space for your family day sails but will be optimized for efficient crew work when the racing bug bites.  Unlike the open transom of many modern boats of this genre, this design has a lowered aft deck to keep the little ones secure in the cockpit.  At anchor, the aft deck will be a great place to lounge while keeping an eye on the kids jumping and swimming from the integrated transom fold-down swim platform.  

The interior was conceived for weekend cruising but offers a 6′ 6″ v-berth, two full length berths to port and starboard, a fully enclosed head, and integrated chart table, so longer cruises in comfortable weather will be no problem.  The interior will be equipped with some innovative storage options that will leave more time for sailing and less time in preparation.  

A lifting keel and spade rudder allow this design to be anchored at shallow moorings and be trailered when you wish to quickly get to distant cruising grounds.  The carbon fiber rig will support a large flat top main, blade jib, and a large asymmetric spinnaker flying from a retractable bowsprit.  

We are having some fun with the possible color options, so let us know your favorites in the comment section below!  

Silver and White with Purple Boot Stripe

Black and White


A 16′ Runabout

With a refined bottom shape, high deadrise bow, and ample flare, this 16′ runabout will be comfortable and dry.  Her lightweight construction will allow her to be very efficient carrying a 40 to 70 hp outboard.  

The interior is designed around a day on the water.  With bench seating to port and starboard extending to the foredeck, a table can be installed for meals or playing games.   The location of the starboard side steering console allows the captain to be involved in conversation while underway.  A stainless steel gate gives access to the transom swim platform.   A retractable bimini covers the bow settees when the passengers need to get out of the sun or the weather isn’t ideal.  

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Island Trail Construction Update

A long overdue update of George’s Island Trail 22 construction.  The cockpit has been installed and primed, the cabin and deck built on a CYD supplied jig, and the interior is taking shape.  George reports that he is finishing out the anchor locker gutter and will be soon moving onto the companionway hatch.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Rudder Is Coming Together


Cockpit Locker and Gutter

Cockpit Icebox Construction

Icebox Lid

Companionway Step

Cockpit Is Installed and Primed

CYD Designed Cabin/Deck Jig

Cabin And Deck Core Laminated

Deck Being Fit To The Hull

Anchor Locker


Interior Installed And Primed

Cabin And Deck Perspective

Hull And Deck Profile

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Fish Stories

Some stories you just can’t make up!  We just got this report from Jason Corsini of Quiet Waters Boatworks:
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Hill 16 At The Maryland Boatbuilders Show

If you are looking for something to do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland this weekend, check out the Maryland Boatbuilders and Dealer Expo in Cambridge.  Quiet Waters Boatworks will be displaying their beautiful example of our Hill 16 design.  

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The Hill 16 – First Sea Trials

Probably the most anticipated (and anxious) moment for any boatbuilder or designer during the construction process is the first launch.  Does she sit on her lines?  Does she look good in her natural environment?  These are only a couple of the loaded questions that are answered at that exact moment. Continue reading

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