Built out of Joubert marine plywood imported from France and certified by Lloyd’s of London, the sixteen-foot decked skiff is a sleek canoe-kayak hybrid. It is tough enough to paddle in swift currents or light surf, yet weighs less than fifty-five pounds, so one person can carry it. A test run on Lake Austin, skipping over speedboat wakes and sliding into bass-friendly feeder creeks, reveals the Sea Dart tracks arrow-straight, drafts shallow, and is a secure platform for poling or casting. Neither screws nor nails mar the cockpit or slick lacquered deck. That’s because Escobedo Boat Works used lapstrake technology, a construction method dating back to Viking times, to join the wood, which was then glued with high-test epoxy, coated with fiberglass, and hand sanded.

"It is tough enough to paddle in swift currents or light surf, yet weighs less than fifty-five pounds, so one person can carry it."

— DAVID ESCOBEDO