Simmons Sea Skiff
LOA: 17′ 1″ | Beam: 5’7″ | Draft: 5″
I found this Simmons Sea Skiff for sale on Craigslist. It is located near Raleigh in Cary, NC. The Simmons is a great, seaworthy design and looks pretty sweet, too, with its sweeping, tall bow and vee forward easing back into a wide flat stern with a motor well keeping the stern free and clear. With a 25 HP motor, the Simmons will make quite a pace even with a few pals aboard.
You get a real sense of the boat’s abilities in a chop from an owner posting on the Wooden Boat Forum.
In close chop or swells, I can’t think of a boat I would rather be in than my tippy Simmons 18. At rest, regardless of which way the waves are coming, it just bobs up and down and slides over them. No surprises. When under way, when other boats have the throttle down and their noses to the air and their stern in a hole, The Simmons wants to be on plane, which means I am back at the launch quicker. 14-20 knots in 2-3 ft chop, and I am not the ultimate adrenaline junkie.
$3,500 seems like a pretty fair price with a decent motor — especially compared to this newer Simmons in Charleston, SC going for $12,000.
Here’s a really well done video explaining some of the Simmons’ history and detailing the construction of a replica.