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PLYWOOD & CEDAR
STRIP PLANKED OPEN CANOES AND KAYAKS
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|List of Latest Site Updates||Where to next?||User Groups||Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA - the Designer|
which takes the place of canoesandskiffs.com and concentrates purely on
the ever growing Selway Fisher Design range of canoes and kayaks for the
home boatbuilder. Our range of skiffs can still be seen along with all our
other designs at www.selway-fisher.com.
a stitch and tape canoe is a quick and low cost way to get afloat which
requires only basic woodworking skills. Ordinary Exterior (WBP) ply and
exterior household paints and varnishes are often used and along with some
simple DIY tools and a garage or temporary shelter to build in, a canoe
can be put together in as little as 2 weekends and the intervening
the outlay in terms of cost, finding suitable materials and time is
relatively small allowing the builder to be on the water quickly in a boat
that he/she has made for themselves.
someone looking for a longer and more involved project for the winter
evenings may consider building one of our beautiful Cedar Strip canoes.
Still not requiring more than reasonable woodworking skills and tools, the
builder ends up with a very attractive craft which will turn heads
wherever it is used.
both types of canoe enthusiast, Makeacanoe.com has been set up to provide
an inspiring shop window and a place of information and support for all
matters to do with home canoe and kayak building. We hope you enjoy
Makeacanoe.com and welcome any comments and suggestions you may have to
help us provide what you, the home canoe builder needs.
this site you will find a wide range of over 55 canoes and kayaks
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site does not collect personal data (ie. your name, address or card
|If you have any questions or wish to place an order by phone, call +44 1225 705074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
is on this site? -
this is quite a large site with
details of all of our canoe and kayak designs plus descriptions of our design
catalogues and construction manuals.
all designs are complete for amateur DIY
construction (unless otherwise stated) and have details, notes and a building procedure -
note that we also run a full back-up service allowing you to contact us by
phone/fax, post or e-mail with any queries you may have before, during or
after construction - we also have several Construction Manuals as an aid
for those unfamiliar with modern boat-building or who want to keep up with
the latest techniques.
Using our YachtCAD system, we can change from one construction method to another in a design and we can often offer details for clinker ply construction for any of our designs too.
CLICK ON THE
LINKS BELOW TO VISIT EACH SECTION OF OUR CANOE & SKIFF PLAN RANGE
Plans, Manuals & Catalogues
- there are several ways in
which you can place an order with us - these are separated into 2 mains
Where too next? - simply go to the and click on the links to the various different design pages - or if you want to see a gallery of photographs of many of our canoe designs built by home builders go to the Photo Gallery page.
If you have some questions about home canoe building, go to our FAQ page.
Group/Forum for Selway Fisher Builders & Sailors
Group/Forum for Selway Fisher Canoe Builders & Users
This is a Group started 04/09/06 for those building our canoe designs - this will be a group/forum to exchange ideas on construction and to share photos of the canoes you are building and the treks that you have undertaken with them.
The Canoe User Group/Forum is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDesigncanoebuilders - when you link to it, press the "Join" link if you want to join.
Fisher BSc. AMRINA - the Designer
After a youth messing around in all sorts of boats on the Thames, I gained my degree - a BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from Newcastle University in 1974 and shortly after l became an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Straight after University l worked in the design office of McGruer & Co. Scotland for 4 years - famous for high performance racing /cruising yachts beautifully crafted in wood (cold moulded as well as conventional clinker and carvel). We were also involved in major yacht refitting and repair and the fit-out of GRP commercial craft - this under James and George McGruer on the Gareloch (north of the Clyde). l then became Technical Manager at D.M. Russell Marine - formerly Jas. A. Silvers yard just up the road at Rosneath, for 5 years - famous for their motor yachts - this period found me sailing/cruising in all sorts of craft around the coast of the UK and regular racing in everything from Dragons to the IOR fleet on the Clyde.
So, after a degree and 9 years apprenticeship plus much personal research exploring the uses of epoxies in modern wood boat construction l went out on my own as a designer and l now have a catalogue of over 350 designs most of which are commissions for individual clients.
Enjoy the site! - Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA
| And for those wanting
to read more about how he started off on a boating career, there is now
Paul's first semi-autobiographical novel 'A
Slight Mist on the Horizon'
Apart from the words, the novel also has 28 colour cartoons to illustrate the events drawn by Paul.
|If you wish to see all of the Selway Fisher designs which now number over 350 including large numbers of dinghies, dayboats, motor boats, yachts and launches go to www.selway-fisher.com|