PLYWOOD & CEDAR
STRIP PLANKED OPEN CANOES AND KAYAKS
FROM THE SELWAY FISHER DESIGN CATALOGUE
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
Kayaks (including one built using the strip plank method).
ply open canoes up to 15'.
ply open canoes 15' to 17'.
ply canoes over 17'.
strip planked open canoes.
sailing canoes (plus another 8 of our other open canoes which come
with sail plans).
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.
You will see at the top of this page - links to the various
different pages describing the designs etc. A brief description of the
design packages & services can be found below along with ordering information plus a list of site updates.
Please read the ordering
information carefully as there are now several ways in which you can place
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.
The 2 main
construction techniques used for these designs are:-
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
CLICK ON THE
LINKS BELOW TO VISIT EACH SECTION OF OUR CANOE & SKIFF PLAN RANGE
Ply Canoes up to15'
Ply Canoes 15' to 17'
Ply Canoes over 17'
Strip Plank Canoes
Plans, Manuals & Catalogues
- there are several ways in
which you can place an order with us - these are separated into 2 mains
Directly with your credit/debit card whilst you are
on-line - we have added an Ordering Cart system
which allows you to add the plans etc you wish to order to the Cart
before going to the secure area to place your order. You will find a
"Buy Plan Now" button under the description of each item.
Please Note - for the moment, the On-Line Ordering Cart does not
add the cost of Postage (Shipping) to your order - however postage
& packing charges will be added - for a note of these P&P
charges please go to the Postage
(Shipping) Charges Table.
transactions are in Sterling.
By Post, Fax,
E-mail or Phone - for those who do not wish to order on-line, we have
retained our Order Form - go to our Post/Fax
Order Form page (see also the Navigation bar at the top of this page for
a link) and you will find an order form which you can print out, fill-in
and send by post or fax with either your credit/debit card details or
that there are 2 "Buy Plan Now" buttons for each set of
plans - one for UK/EU customers which includes VAT and one for
USA/Elsewhere customers which excludes VAT. Catalogues and Manuals do
not incur VAT for UK/EU customers and these items therefore only have
one "Buy Now Button".
note that all credit/debit card transactions have to be done in Pounds
Sterling - the US Dollar prices given in the price lists are estimated
at an exchange rate of 1.6 USD = £1 Sterling and therefore our US
clients may find the amount charged on their card statements will vary
(up or down) from the US price given, if the exchange rate at the time
is different - however, do remember that
we are more than happy to accept payment by personal US Dollar cheque
at the US Dollar price given in the price lists if you would prefer to
order by Post - go to the
Order Form page.
is an increasingly popular way to pay for purchases on-line. For
those who want to pay using their PayPal account, Selway Fisher
Design/Makeacanoe now has it's own PayPal account which you can pay into.
Unfortunately, due to the complexities of setting up an efficient
system of paying for postage and packing with PayPal which does
not over-charge the customer for multiple purchases, we have not
been able to use PayPal's simple buy-now set-up.
This means that to use your PayPal account you simply need to
transfer the total amount of your order including Postage &
Packing into our PayPal account using the PayPal transfer system
on your account.
pay using your PayPal account :-
- Calculate the
total amount of your order including P&P (see the Postage table
below) - or contact us
(either ring +44 1225 705074 or e-mail us at email@example.com)
when we can confirm the total cost for you and give you our
PayPal account paying-in details.
- Go to your
PayPal account and transfer the amount to our Paypal account.
- E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
telling us that you have made the transfer and giving us the
order details plus the address to send the order to.
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Catalogues & Manuals.
List of Latest
- New design added - the 14' Arctic Skua canoe yawl at Sailing
- New design added - the 14'6" Cree strip planked kayak - Kayaks.
Also a link added to Burnett Boats who make a nice version of the
Hazelnut open canoe which they call the Coniston 15 - Useful
- Photos added for the Esk 17 - Kayaks ;
Waterman 12 and 14' Peterborough - Open
Canoes up to 15'; and the Wren - Open
canoes 15' to 17'.
- Photos added for 15' Huntsman - Open
canoes up to 15'; the Wren, 15'7" Peterborough and 15'8"
Raven - Open canoes 15' to 17'.
- Photos added for the 15' Huntsman open canoe - Open
canoes up to 15' and the 40' Dragon open canoe - Open
canoes over 17'.
- Photos added for the 14' Prospector - 05/02/14
canoes up to 15'.
Photos added for the 14'
Peterborough and Christine open canoes and
a link to a video of four Little Kates - Open
canoes up to 15'.
- Photos added of the Viking 16 open canoe - Open
Canoes 15' to 17'.
- Photos added for the 12' Adirondack, 14' Raven and the new 7 plank
15' Prospector design.
- New photos of the Dart 14 and Esk 14 Kayaks and 15'8"
Prospector open canoe added plus the first photos of a Marathon
18'6" open canoe.
- 3 new canoe designs, all of them based on our most popular canoe,
the 15'7" Prospector. There is now a 14' Prospector using the
same 5 planks per side as her bigger sister, a 15' version with 7
planks per side and finally a 15'6" version styled as a Viking
Longboat with war-like bow and stern - our new Viking 16 canoe - go to
Open canoes up to 15' and Open
Canoes 15' to 17'.
- New photos added of the Little Kate Open Canoe, Esk 17 Kayak and 15'
Outboard Motor Canoe added. Also,
there are photos of several models of our canoe designs on the new www.makeamodelboat.com
site and it's User Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/makeamodelboat/
. Plans for making models of several of our canoe designs are now
available on the www.makeamodelboat.com
site, so do visit it and the new User's Group.
- New photo of the Pete open canoe winning the Water Craft Makita
Cordless canoe Challenge.
- New photos added for the 21' Adirondack, Little Kate and strip
planked Prospector open canoes.
- New photos added for the Little Kate, 14' Peterborough, 15'8"
Prospector and 18' Ralph open canoes.
- New photos of the 16' and 17' Prospector canoes added and Katie and
Mike's Canoe Building page has now been included in a new section
simply called the Canoe Building
page which also has a series of photos showing Simon Hunt building
and using his 17' Prospector.
- New design, the 15' Trican outboard motor canoe with floats for
aluminium or stitch and tape plywood construction added to the motor
too next? -
simply go to the
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.
have some questions about home canoe building, go to our FAQ
Group/Forum for Selway Fisher Builders & Sailors
We now have a well
Group/Forum on the web for those who are building and using Selway
Fisher boats. Photographs
of SFD boats under construction are posted up and builders from all over
the world are able to share questions/problems and get quick feed-back
both from ourselves and each other.
The User Group/Forum is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFD_builders_sailors
- when you link to it press the "Join" link if you want to
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
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
Fisher BSc. AMRINA - the Designer
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.
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.
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.
the site! - Paul
Fisher BSc. MRINA
|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