A sailing Ella skiff project goes together in Mauritius

Moffett family build sailing Ella skiff in Mauritius Moffett family build sailing Ella skiff in Mauritius Moffett family build sailing Ella skiff in Mauritius

William, Marie and Josef Moffett are building the sailing version of the Ella skiff on what looks like the verandah of their home in Mauritius – see photographs here, here and here. To get the latest instalment, click on the ‘boat’ button for a menu of galleries.

I always have my fingers crossed when an early example of a boat is being built, but so far I’m very pleased – she’s turning out to be a sweet little thing, and everything seems to have fitted as it was meant to do!

Free plans for building the sailing version of the Ella skiff can be found here; plans for the rowing boat version are here. The Ella also has two larger sister ships: the Sunny skiff and the Julie skiff.

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4 Responses to A sailing Ella skiff project goes together in Mauritius

  1. I suppose this is off topic.

    Earlier this week, the NY Times crossword puzzle used the word "veranda." A day or so later, I asked my wife what the definition of a veranda is, meaning what distinguishes it from a porch or deck. She replied that she thought it was regional. Here in New England, we would say "porch."

    So here it is in your post, but spelled differently: verandah. Wikipedia says the source is Bengali, which explains the trailing "h", and there's not indication that the two spellings represent a British/American cultural difference.

    They offer "gallery" as an alternate synonym. From my perspective, I that feels more southern US than anything else.

    And now, back to boats.

    Peter

  2. Rya Course says:

    What a great experience for kids creating their own sailing boat.

  3. Day Skipper says:

    What an amazing project. Wish I could of undertaken such a challenge when I was younger, would of given me a deeper appreciation of sailing which has taken me years to hone.

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