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Now the question remains...with this lifetime of innovation, which is the favorite child??
Ha! Good question but it’s not a really fair one. I have been compelled to keep refining my past hulls that fit into certain niches so as I go along I feel they do gain my favor. The reason I have as many designs out there is that there still is so many ways to achieve the same goals but in so many different ways.
I do get discouraged by seeing lots of my design elements borrowed on so many other craft but not having advanced their past concept, no improvements done.
Since I introduced the Lithiums radical rounded stern and it’s lower chine details I can see huge improvements in turning at high speeds, dryness in running, backing up under power or poling, and quietness When fishing.
But I see no one else looking at adding some of these prover details to their adaptations, just the look of adding from my past.
Best to ask me that question in person.

as for the Marquesas added weight, you did not add in the 183 lbs typical rigging weight, all the baitwell pump, through stuff along with the way that Hells Bay builds skiffs today.
 

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We launched the Beryllium 19’ skiff today for a short fresh water lake trial run.
Lots of good videos on my blog and Instagram site.
Here’s what she looks like with 10 gals of gas, 2 bags of ice, 22 undrunk beers, Yeti cooler, fishing rods and gear aboard.
Eric weighs 250 and Rob weighs 140 wet.
She is very stable to walk around on.
Draft without people in fresh water was 5-1/2”.
She turned at 32 mph on a dime without sliding.
Rob will send me numbers when he gets the motor broken in.
we could back her up in a straight line forever with ease.
The rounded stern really is nice, no wakes or eddies ever.
Rachel I i are off driving out west in a couple days.
You all take care, enjoy your summer.
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Ha! Good question but it’s not a really fair one. I have been compelled to keep refining my past hulls that fit into certain niches so as I go along I feel they do gain my favor. The reason I have as many designs out there is that there still is so many ways to achieve the same goals but in so many different ways.
I do get discouraged by seeing lots of my design elements borrowed on so many other craft but not having advanced their past concept, no improvements done.
Since I introduced the Lithiums radical rounded stern and it’s lower chine details I can see huge improvements in turning at high speeds, dryness in running, backing up under power or poling, and quietness When fishing.
But I see no one else looking at adding some of these prover details to their adaptations, just the look of adding from my past.
Best to ask me that question in person.

as for the Marquesas added weight, you did not add in the 183 lbs typical rigging weight, all the baitwell pump, through stuff along with the way that Hells Bay builds skiffs today.

Totally understand, each skiff has a job and some perform different than others. My plan is to start a Beryllium this fall! My adaptation would be to shrink it down to 17', 50hp tiller, similar deck mold as the Lithium, but have a piece of deck using your hinge design that connects the two transom boxes with a strut underneath it. This will allow the ability to create a bench to stand and fish from or you can stand on the floor if it gets rough.

So many possibilities. Thank you for sharing everything with the world! Beer on me if we ever meet.
 

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Hello Chris,
I've really enjoyed reading through some of the history of your designs. Please excuse me if I missed in somewhere in this thread but . . . are the plans for the Beryllium available for purchase? I didn't see them on your website. Ideally, I'd like the Beryllium but with a tiller steer OB and the transom arrangement shown on the center model in the pictures.
 

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Hello Chris,
I've really enjoyed reading through some of the history of your designs. Please excuse me if I missed in somewhere in this thread but . . . are the plans for the Beryllium available for purchase? I didn't see them on your website. Ideally, I'd like the Beryllium but with a tiller steer OB and the transom arrangement shown on the center model in the pictures.
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For any Morejohn plans.
 

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Thanks Eric. All my info is on my blog. Just have to look.
Here’s some pictures of the skiff being used. Top speed so far loaded with 2 guys aboard seen so far is 41 mph with the 70 on her. The owner is going to try a different prop as its maxing out too quick. Remember this hull has 2x the interior size as an HPX, CHITTUM, HB PRO. It’s about the same size as the CHITTUM 21 in interior volume.
I am now permanently moved to the PNW.
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CM, while I appreciate your blog as many do, it took me a while of searching to figure out where to even ask about the plans. I would highly suggest you get your business partner to setup a simple website to advertise and sell the plans. It's as easy as setting up a blog these days and doesn't cost much. You would be able to reach a greater audience and help many more guys this way. Enjoy the new home.
 

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@Chris Morejohn I've built a few basic websites via WordPress. I'm happy to help consolidate information by skiff design. Shouldn't take too long and I enjoy doing it. If you do a subdomain like the hogfishdesign page, it doesn't cost anything. Have Nathan email me if you are interested - [email protected] - Hope you are enjoying semi-retirement!
thanks so much guys for the info and offer. Truth is with my life I have been just swamped with emails, my moving, getting my sailboat back to sea life and getting here in BC. My present goal being anchored doing my 14 days of quarantine here is to write up all the info of my Beryllium build so I hopefully don’t have to answer questions anymore on how to do this or that.
The other thing is I just started all this to provide the plans and info to the public not as a business but to just say here’s designs that can be built if you have the time and inclination to have a top end proven skiff if you can’t afford the price of buying one.
The response has been great, but it’s killing me to answer all the questions. To sell one set of plans takes at times up to 10-15 emails and then it’s lots more as the build goes along. At present
I am trying to get the info on how to build One done ASAP as there is no other site that provides this info. Once done then this should help me and the builders.
My goal once my build info is done is to back off way away from being online, I just am looking to have my life back.
Of course I know that once I stop going online then things will slow way down just like bad news gets forgotten so fast.
The info is there on my blog but not done properly. I just don’t have the time or knowledge to deal with it now.
Maybe in the cold of next winter I will find the time...nope, I will be in Hawaii finishing the build I started of the 57’ sailing canoe.
No rest for me. Life is good.
Thanks everyone for the support and kind words. if in BC look me up on Hornby island.
Take care
 

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jumping back in here to let you all know what’s up. Alls well out here in BC the land of free year round air conditionin. Getting our place sorted.
lots of Beryllium skiffs under construction now along with the Conchfishes, Turbot, Borons and others.
my lithium skiff design has come to market now under the name Matacumbe 18 at Ancona boats. You all only see a bit of what’s up here as most builders don’t do social media.
There is 1 builder that has increased the length and freeboard of the Beryllium to 21.
There will be a new design coming out next year that will be a deep vee 17.6 , 12 degrees built by a well known production company. Also at least 2 companies gearing up now to build CF 16-17.8 hulls in kit form to finished using molds.
Capt. Robert Alexander that owns the Beryllium that I built is very happy with her.
busy as ever, stay safe and take care



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We launched the Beryllium 19’ skiff today for a short fresh water lake trial run.
Lots of good videos on my blog and Instagram site.
Here’s what she looks like with 10 gals of gas, 2 bags of ice, 22 undrunk beers, Yeti cooler, fishing rods and gear aboard.
Eric weighs 250 and Rob weighs 140 wet.
She is very stable to walk around on.
Draft without people in fresh water was 5-1/2”.
She turned at 32 mph on a dime without sliding.
Rob will send me numbers when he gets the motor broken in.
we could back her up in a straight line forever with ease.
The rounded stern really is nice, no wakes or eddies ever.
Rachel I i are off driving out west in a couple days.
You all take care, enjoy your summer.
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Just giving a small update on some of what I do in my spare time. Lots of Beryllium skiffs being built but not online. 27 are now underway with about 10 nearing completion as are many CF skiffs.
here are a couple of pictures that get sent to me.
nathan and I will have a Glades type skiff design ready by February. The CF16 here is my Mark 2 version now that will come standard with all plans.
I will be finishing my Beryllium build writing info on my blog this winter for sure. I will be in Hawaii the rest of the winter finishing my 57’ Hawaiian sailing canoe project so will write after work.
ok see you later....
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