Bay skiff 12 was designed for a hardware store owner in st. michaels, md. he wanted a handy-sized skiff for rowing and sailing. the bay skiff 12 is stable and will. Bay skiff 15 versatile combination of sailing and rowing qualities. she is very easy to rig for sailing and is easy to handle by those learning the ropes.. 15’6" skiff designed by joel white . designed by joel white, the original boat was built plank-on-frame by jimmy steele (of peapod fame), but no plans were ever drawn.