Currituck Sound Skiffs

A Currituck Duck Skiff

A Currituck Duck Skiff

Currituck Sound, along North Carolina’s Northern Outer Banks is one of the world’s great duck hunting venues.  I grew up in a family of duck hunters and was fortunate to hunt there on occasion.  It is an area steeped in watermen culture, tradition, and boat-building dating back more than a century.  In an effort to preserve and document the area’s unique boating culture and boat-building skills, students at East Carolina University are creating digitized models of deteriorating wooden skiffs from the likes of legendary Currituck boat builders such as Pat O’Neal and Oscar Roberts not only for historical preservation, but also as a tool for understanding how to re-create and model shipwrecked vessels.