2007 Melonseed Skiff # 37



Black hull, beige deck, tanbark sail, daggerboard model


Hull # RDBMS037K191


Located at Crawford Boat Building, Marshfield, MA


Mooring cover, oars/oarlocks, new cushions, new rigging, trailer


After a good life being well used and enjoyed by her first owner in Maine, and her second owner a friend of mine here in Marshfield #37 (she’s never been named but if you buy her we’ll put a name on for you) she’s now back in our possession here at the boat shop looking for another sailor to please.


She’s been given a first class make-over, renewing everything possible and now is a shining example of how well Crawford Melonseed Skiffs of any vintage can be restored to like new condition.


The gelcoat on black hull was repaired as necessary, buffed, compounded, polished and waxed to a beautiful gloss.  She’s been given a new gold pinstripe to embellish the dramatically pretty black hull.  Below the waterline the hull bottom was coated with our super durable black epoxy and graphite coating, not only minimizing future scratching or damage but allowing for the owner to make easy touch up repairs themselves. The teak woodwork was stripped and refinished with Cetol, same for the mast sprit and boom that were finished with eight coats of Epifanes gloss varnish.  The interior of the hull was repainted with new gelcoat for a nice fresh look. A new set of Dacron rigging is included.


You’ll note from the photos that a classy bronze stem head fitting is on the bow and, and an impressive piece of custom bronze hardware on the “peak” end of the sprit.


Repairs were made to the deck on the starboard side and the aft deck, and although we were unable to match the original (now unavailable) buff gelcoat the appearance is quite acceptable.


The trailer is more than adequate for use in local and short distance hauling of the boat but is showing some signs of rust that indicate that replacement of the axle and a repair to the frame will be needed at some point in the future.  Neither of those jobs should be very expensive.   A new trailer can be purchased for her if you prefer that upgrade be done at this time.


The strong demand for good used Melonseed Skiffs has resulted in the price and value of them rising significantly in the last few years, a testament to their worth.  To find one under $7,000 nowadays is uncommon.  Priced fairly at $ 6850 for her condition and the pleasure she’ll certainly deliver, Melonseed Skiff # 37 is a very good buy at this time of the year.


Roger Crawford


All inquiries should be made to Roger Crawford by email roger@melonseed.com  or phone 781.837.3666