This single-plank Westport Sharpie was designed as a centerboard shore boat for the Southeastern Massachusetts coast. These responsive, gaff-rigged craft are still used in the Westport area.
"The old single-planked skiffs were cedar 20" - 30" -- run of the mill 50 years ago. Visually, I like the look, but two planks are okay, butt joined with a 3/16" spline and epoxy seam to give look of single plank...otherwise two planks would have to be overlapped." RHB
"As in most Tripp boats I have seen, the frames are set perpendicular to the sheer rather than to the building floor. The lack of thwart knees is interesting." RHB