By way of an experiment to discover if I can get back on the water I have purchased a second-hand Iain Oughtred Pike Skiff. However, time is at a premium just now, because I’m engaged with the task of building a patio in the back garden, and I want to get it finished as quickly as possible, so that I’ll be able to try the skiff.
Today I managed to check the boat’s inventory, but as I was doing so, rain started to fall; therefore I quickly packed everything away.
My first impression of her was very favourable. I found that she was in excellent nick, requiring little doing to her before taking her for a sail.
Iain reckons she “can be pushed to windward under full sail in a F 4 – up to around 16 knots – without becoming impossibly wet or uncomfortable.” He qualifies his statement by adding “in sheltered waters.” That is fine for me, because it is not my intention to take her to sea. I believe she will be fun for use on the River Crouch and other East Coast Rivers.
LOA - 12' 1", Beam - 4' 3", Weight - 132 lbs., Sail Area - Sprit 60 sq. ft.
The Pike as described by Classic Marine
Info for Builders of the Pike Skiff (PDF download)
Wooden Boat Forum – Oughtred Spike/Pike
Iain Oughtred: A Life in Wooden Boats (Hardback £22.50)