Goat Island Skiff in Youth Boat Building Project – San Francisco

From Josia in San Francisco

Good people,
After twenty days of building, yesterday we launched our first ever Goat Island Skiff at San Francisco’s historic Hyde Street Pier.

Christened Ryan Jones in memory of a deceased teacher and friend of the program, our fine boat (or “shred sled,” to use the traditional boatbuilders’ vernacular) drew gasps of admiration and even cries of disbelief from the gathered crowd. “Surely nothing so elegant could be shaped by the hands of these saggy-pantsed ruffians,” huffed Mr. Cobbleknob, the town beadle.

Yet, indeed, it had been, and, to a grand chorus of huzzahs and a blizzard of tossed caps, the Ryan Jones slid into the water and performed quite admirably, given challenging conditions (there was not a puff of wind to be had).
Please enjoy these pictures of the event.

All told, another excellent boatbuilding program completed, and a proud and happy group of kids and teachers content with a great craft.


Congratulations to the build to all the participants. The only problem I see is the lack of wind.

20 days is an amazing effort!!!

The boat looks wonderful in the deep dark red with the white cockpit!

Well Done Everyone!

And a follow-up

Dear Michael, Thanks for your help throughout the building process. We really enjoyed building the GIS. I run the program that the student builders participate in.

Check out

to see what the program is all about.

We are already looking forward to building another Goat Island Skiff next semester.
Edward Cavanaugh

Goat Island Skiff information

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2 thoughts on “Goat Island Skiff in Youth Boat Building Project – San Francisco

  1. matthew houskeeper says:

    That is a great story. I am just wondering what the cost of the project is?
    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

  2. Hi Matthew,

    It depends a bit on materials choice and where you are in the world, but maybe around $1300 to $3000. If you like you can email me at storerm@storerboatplans.com and I can put you in touch with some builders in your country.

    Best wishes
    Michael Storer