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Wye River Models begon als een hobby voor één en is uitgegroeid tot een hobby voor iedereen. Wye River Models is gespecialiseerd in houten modelkits van boten afkomstig uit de Chesapeake Bay, in de hoop het erfgoed van werkboten te behouden.
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Box SternThis type of boat is also known as a Deadrise. Its the most popular work boat on the Chesapeake Bay to this day. The Box Stern is used for oystering, crabbing and fishing, and plain old enjoying the Bay.

Kit Contains:
Wood base for finished model
Full size blueprints
Instruction Manual
Selected precut parts

Dimensions:
20 inches long
6" Wide
8"Tall
Hooper Island DraketailThe "Hooper's Island Draketail" was named after the small island located in the lower half of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern shore. In the early 1900's, when the internal combustion engine first appeared, watermen were trading the sailing rigs for the engines and the local boat builders were looking for new ways to build better and more efficient workboats. One such builder noticed the torpedo boat destroyers pass by his home, and he thought that the hull design would be good for a workboat. He copied the hull design and built a boat with a V-bottom. The boat was fast, good looking and because of the narrow beam and sleek lines, it was relatively inexpensive to build.
The design caught on and the boats sprang up everywhere. The boat acquired the name "draketail" because the stern resembled the back of a duck's tail. A few years later, a new box stern type became popular, and the draketail became old fashioned. Eventually, the full name was shortened and now most people only know them by the name "ducktail". Today, not many of these beautiful boats exist. But through the passage of time, the boat has become a classic.

Kit Contains:
Basswood framing & sides
Hardware & rigging supplies
Pre-routed base
Pre-cut keel & stern
Cedar bottom planking
Instructions & Blueprints

Dimensions:
21in Long
Model done in 1/2in scale
The "Pot Pie" SkiffThe "Pot Pie" Skiff was designed in an area of Talbot County, Maryland known as "Pot Pie". This area is between St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. The stern of this boat was probably derived from schooners whose decks extended aft past the waterline. In other parts of the Chesapeake Bay, this type of boat was known as a tuck stern. To learn more about these boats and others, please read one of author Larry Chownings' books.

Kit Contains:
Basswood framing & sides
Hardware & rigging supplies
Pre-routed base
Pre-cut keel & stern
Cedar bottom planking
Instructions & Blueprints

Dimensions:
20in Long
6in Wide
Model done in 3/4in scale
Core Sound SinknetterThe model in these instructions is a generic representation of a “sinknetter” from the 1930’s and 1940’s. This was a workboat in the Core Sound area of North Carolina. This particular type of work boat was primarily used for fishing. It’s unique style is typical of Marshallberg and Harkers Island.

Kit Contains:
All wood and hardware needed
Display base
Instruction manual w/ pictures
Full size blueprints

Dimensions:
24 inches long
6.5 inches wide
8 inches tall
Skill level: intermediate
Scale : ¾” equals 1 foot
Chesapeake Bay BugeyeA Bugeye is a two masted sailing vessel used for dredging oysters. They descended from the Log Canoe in a time when the need was for a larger boat. The schooners of the day were too large and the canoe was too small. Methods of construction were adopted from both. Bugeyes came into being around 1875, maybe even a few years earlier. There are only a handful of these graceful boats left. Some are on display at various museums.

Kit Contains:
Basswood & Spruce
Hardware & rigging supplies
Pre-routed base
Sail patterns & sail cloth
Instructions & Blueprints

Dimensions:
22in Long
19in Tall
Model done in 1/4in scale
Smith Island Crabbing BoatThe Smith Island Crabbing Boat is actually known as a crab scraping boat. This boat usually about 30' in length is used to pull scrapes across the shallow rivers and harvest soft crabs or peelers. The shallow draft of this boat allows the waterman to work in water less than 2' deep.

Kit Contains:
Basswood & Spruce
Pre-routed base
Plank on frame construction
Instructions & Blueprints

Dimensions:
23.5in Long
8in Wide
Model done in 3/4in scale
Kent Island Tuck SternThe tuck stern workboat was believed to have originated in Shadyside MD. It was designed to move faster in the water using a smaller engine. The stern shape is close to that of a sail boat, which has less drag. This design caught on over here on the Eastern shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Kent Island version was popular in the 1960's. This model represents a boat built by the late Sonny Nash on Kent Island, MD.

Kit Contains:
Basswod & Cedar
Hardware
Mounting Base
Plans & Instructions

Dimensions:
24in Long
7in Wide
Model done in 3/4in scale
Chesapeake Bay Buy BoatA buy boat is a large vessel (usually 50' or more) that went up and down the Chesapeake Bay and bought the daily catch from the Skipjacks and other working boats. The buy boats would then take the catch to the market. You might say that these boats were considered the middle men of the water. This practice enabled the other working boats to stay out on the waters longer. These boats still work today, but they also carry seed oysters out and plant them for the state, and sometimes take classes or tour groups out for hire.

Kit Contains:
Basswood & Cedar
Hardware & rigging supplies
Pre-routed base
Instructions & Blueprints

Dimensions:
21.5in Long
15in Tall
Model done in 3/8in scale
SkipjackA wooden sailboat usually 40'-60' long built in the early 1900's that was used to dredge oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. A handful of these boats still exist and are still working the bay. Model is plank on frame. A coping saw or other saw is needed as there are no precut parts.

Kit Contains:
Wood
Hardware
Mounting Base
Sail Cloth
Blueprint Set
64 page full color instruction manual written by Steve and Patricia Rogers

Dimensions:
34in Long
32in Tall
8in Wide
Model done in 1/2in scale
"Virginia" Round Stern WorkboatThe round-stern design was a popular choice for the Lower Bay waterman from the late 1940's to the early 1970's. The round-stern was able to take the rough water easier, which resulted in a more stable drift across the oyster beds.

Kit Contains:
Hardware
Pre-routed base
Template sheet
Instructions & blueprints

Dimensions:
21in Long
12in Tall
6in Wide
Model done in 1/2in scale