what is the german word of skiffs?
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Depending on the context, which you did not give, it might be either "Ruderboot" or "Jolle".
A "Ruderboot" is a small vessel without sails, whereas a "Jolle" might also have a (small) "sail".
The word "Das Skiff" also exists in German. It refers to a single person rowing boat, a so called "Einer".