by Simplicity Boats
our fine line of affordable, quality model sailboats that REALLY sail !
made of top quality materials to last a life time... get a "future
heirloom" today. Your grandchildren's kids will thank you!
How did this dream start?
The first skiff of our line
- more than a boat, she's an education in traditional sailing rigs.
The hull is solid pine, 12" long by
3 1/4" beam. Her lines are based loosely on my sharpie skiffs Daydream
& award-winning Summer Breeze. She
is available with a variety of different rigs.
available as a sharpie ketch, a gaff rig, a Bermuda rig, a lateen rig, standing lug or balanced lug rig.
If you already have a favorite rig that you're
loyal to, you might want a single rig Chameleon. Each come
with a quality spruce hull, ripstop sailcloth rig (available in assorted colors),
all brass hardware and a solid steel high wind keel. These boats are made so
your grandchildren will be using them to teach their kids about sailing. They
look as good on your mantle or coffee table as they do bounding over the
waves! Rig with one sail - Kit $25/ finished $58 - Rig with two sails Kit
$29/ finished $58
Here are some of
Chameleon's rig possibilities...
||My current favorite rig is a Cat
Ketch, with a gaff main and a sharpie mizzen.
The removable keel
makes the skiffs easy to display on a coffee table, mantle or shelf.
Our "Sailor's Aprentice" comes with
three that make nine different rig configurations. Her moveable keel allows
great flexibility in rig balance. You can choose your favorite rig and be
sailing her in minutes. Or you can explore through the exercises in "A
Brief History of Sail" and maybe learn a thing or two about how sailboats
work, or the pros and cons of various rigs.
If you can't decide on
your favorite rig, you may want to consider our "Sailor's Apprentice"
package. This is a single Chameleon hull but with a wardrobe of 3 sails allowing for
as many as a nine different rig configurations. Here are eight of them.
| Her unique multiple position keel allows perfect
balance of her many rigs. Don't
know a ketch from a schooner... or a gaff from a boom? Well you
will in no time after playing with "Apprectice." Nothing like hands on experience to teach you how to
set the sails of a gaff ketch rig to make her self steer in a blow. She comes
with a brief history of each rig and tips and tricks for getting the most from
Kit $39/ finished $79
Blue Heron -
a two masted
Kit $44/Finished $74
Trimming the aft sail out slightly farther than the
main makes her self correct when she tries to head down wind.
|Here is "Blue
Heron" - an 18" two masted sharpie reminiscent of those
that plied the waters pulling oysters out of the Chesapeake Bay and delivering
mail in South Florida at the turn of the century. Her graceful lines and gently
rounded transom contribute to her distinctive looks. She can be rigged five
ways. As a ketch, yawl, schooner also main alone & mizzen alone.
(for higher winds) She uses two keels to give plenty of control and
stability while maintaining shallow draft like her full sized sisters.
Our removable keel
makes the Heron easy to display on a coffee table, mantle or shelf.
Kit $44/Finished $74
(cypress add $5)
|| Hulls come standard in spruce, but are available
in cypress for a small extra charge of $5. Cypress has natural resistance to rot and
wood eating organisms and takes a finish beautifully.
|It is a little denser than
spruce so your boat will weigh slightly more. They still sail great, it
will just affect how big a party you can throw on board or how much cargo
you can haul...;-)
a penny won't go far these days?
||At just 6 inches long and 2
inches wide these boats really sail!
||Ever feel that just a little
extra cash could help you stay on your feet? Well, with these Penny Pine
Puddle Sailors it only takes two cents!
They're so much fun to decorate and put
together that they only come as kits.
$10 each or 3 for $24
Purchase through PayPal
Affordable enough to get a whole fleet!
||The Start of
When I was 9 years old, a model
sailboat in a toy store window got me dreaming about sailing. I saved for
many weeks to buy it, and spent many hours enthralled with imaginary
voyages. It looked real good, but could have been even more inspiring if
it had sailed well.
| I've been making model boats for years trying to come
up with one that was simple, good looking & rugged but most
importantly would sail really well. I also added to my design "wish
list" a potential to explore the behavior of different sail
We named our first member of our pond skiff
family "Dream Catcher" because you can't sail her without
starting to dream a little.
There's nothing quite so powerfully
creative as a dream held in a youthful mind... SEED
|| I'm happy to report
that our Dream Catchers have started sparking the dreams & imaginations of
many young sailors.
| Our simple step by step instructions can have you
sailing in minutes.
She can be "bare boat" sailed -
un-finished wood - or
painted and decorated to the captains whim.
||A fleet of Dream Catcher "Chameleons"
for a voyage to a boat show...
||These craft are ideal for
experimenting with and learning about the different points of sail. Here
she's enjoying a downwind run "wing an' wing."
Here is a Simple Skiff recipe....
Take your new skiff,
add a puff of moving air (a breeze to a blow)
a dash of
water (from a puddle to an ocean)
combine with some time to play (a few minutes
to a few hours)
mix well ...
This can lead to a lifetime addiction to sailboats, water, and nature! enjoy....
Please send pictures!
Here's a good one below....
you would like this picture of Dean and the little sail boats. Dean read
Stewart Little and he dressed up as George and read the Sail Boat Chapter
to his class today. He used his boat and Benjamin's and you can see
Stewart sitting on the "Wasp". Of course the 'Wasp" won the
sail boat race. Hope the boys get to finish the boat soon.
one of my Mini-Sharpies.)
Plastic sails you can make for pennies...
A variety of
sailing methods for your boat.
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