Included with each set
of plans - The full canoe catalogue is now
on CD in PDF format - this version of the catalogue is packed with colour
photographs of our canoe designs (more than on our web pages). The catalogue
also has a guide to choosing an open canoe and useful FAQ's pages.
CD also contains a copy of our On-Line Manual which uses 65 colour photographs
showing one of our Hazelnut open canoes being built in detail, a copy of a past
article on building the Christine Open Trekking Canoe plus an easily printable
order form and contact details. Please
note that this CD is sent free with each canoe plan and does not need to be
ordered separately if ordering a canoe plan from this web site. However, if you
do want to order the CD only, go to the Canoe Catalogues
& Manuals page.
note that the cost of the CD is not refundable if you order canoe plans
go to the Catalogues & Manuals page to see details of our new
Plywood Canoe Construction Manual which includes details of sail rigs,
floats, outboard brackets, seat backs, sponsons, making the canoe in 2
example is by Alec Jordan (Jordan Boats).
developed the hull panel shapes for a stretched version of the Fisher
Prospector some time ago and now we have completed the set of drawings.
She has the same 5 planks per side, generous rocker to the bottom and
tumblehome in her topsides that the original version has. The 15’8”
Prospector has a capacity of around 900lbs (408kg) but this 17’ version
can carry up to 1100 lbs (499kg).
is an example by Julian Allwood and family.
Right and below, Simon Hunt's
beautifully built example - for more photos of her construction got to the
More Canoe Building page.
with 5 planks per side with tumblehome and generous bottom rocker
sheets of 5 or 6mm
purpose and load carrying - 3-4 adults (6mm ply)
Guide 18 is a large open canoe for carrying a crew of up to 5 people and/or gear
safely over long distances. She has a well rounded hull shape and uses 5 planks
per side. The hull has tumblehome putting the greatest beam down at the
Construction uses the stitch and tape method with 6 sheets of 6mm ply. She may
be fitted out in various different ways to suit your own purpose. Length is
17'8" and beam 36" and weight is approximately 110 lbs (50 kg).
has been designed as an open trekking canoe. The client who asked us to draw her
up wanted a large open canoe that could take a family safely exploring Scottish
sea lochs. She therefore had to handle the short chop and winds that often cut
across open sea lochs. We have come up with an 18’ canoe with a generous 36’’
beam which has a mid section with some tumblehome in it. The tumblehome moves
the point of widest beam down towards the waterline so increasing form stability
and also makes it easier to paddle the canoe without scrapping the paddle on the
gunwale. In the Ralph design, the tumblehome is combined with a shallow ‘V’
to the bottom to keep the wetted surface area and therefore the resistance, down
and we have used a fairly fine forward section so that she does not slam in
waves. Construction is based upon simple stitch and tape methods using 4 ply
planks per side (shapes are given on the drawings) and she uses 4 sheets of 4,5
or 6mm ply.
example is by Dave Burke - the picture to the right shows the Ralph
beside an Esk 12'6" he also built.
Below is a
beautiful example of a Marathon by Eric Nelson - the right hand photo
also shows one of our 15'7" Peterborough's again built by Eric
Nelson - Eric commented that the Marathon "tracks like a train and
is ridiculously quick" and the Peterborough is both "agile and
a pleasure to paddle".
The 18’6” Marathon open canoe has been designed for serious long distance
paddling. She has 5 planks per side and uses the stitch and tape method of
construction for ease, low cost and lightness. Her hull shape is asymmetric
giving her a low drag shape with buoyancy positioned to keep her at level trim
when moving quickly—and we have given her some tumblehome in the topsides to
make paddling easier.
asymmetric with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
This is an outrigger
canoe of classic Hawaiian design. Classes of these craft are very popular,
especially in places like New Zealand where they are raced in various
lengths—this example being one of the shortest. They are noted for their
stability and carrying capacity in use both off shore and inland and are
sometimes seen carrying a simple sail—a very versatile craft—the main
hull can be built in 2 halves. Construction is simple stitch and tape and
the beams are tied to the hulls
The Tikopian 24 is based on the 18' Waka Ama and uses the same stitch
and tape plywood construction process. She haas 4 seats plus stowage
compartments in the ends of the canoe but can be fitted out in various
ways - ie. with more seats and storage. The Tikopian 24 uses the same
float/outrigger as the Waka Ama and comes with the sail rig of the
Dragon 40 for those who want to go for a full platform and sail option.
The hull can be built in 2 boltable halves and two hulls could be built
to form a high volume catamaran.
is a larger version of the Beaver design incorporating the same simple compound
hull construction with a ‘U’ shaped mid section and a gentle ‘V’ section
at either end. The drawings show an optional double masted rig for easy sailing
and also optional floats to make her stable for use by the disabled and for
teaching young children. However, with a 40’’ beam to the hull, she is also,
in her own right, a stable portaging canoe with plenty of space for taking
stores. The drawings show her built in two halves and hinged at the centre so
that one half of the hull stows on top of the other for easy transport. She uses
6 sheets of 6mm plywood in her construction.
The above example is of a shortened Seajay by
Revd. J. Mountney
canoe has been designed for a client who wanted a canoe which would take a crew
of 8 or so adolescents. She is designed to be built and transported in two
halves (although she can be built in one piece) and bolted together at the
waters edge. Construction is based upon the simple stitch and tape method using
pre-shaped hull panels. Buoyancy may be built-in under the seats or these areas
may be used for stowage. She may use a similar sail plan to that shown for the
20’ Sea Jay and she can be fitted with outriggers.
Large canoes of this type were used for transporting freight in North America
and we have retained the same type of hull section which has tumblehome to
produce a wide waterline beam. She has 4 planks per side with a shallow ‘V’
to the bottom. Her length is 20’ (6.1m); beam is 53’’ (1.34m) and midships
depth is 21’’ (.53m). She uses approximately 8 sheets of 6mm Exterior or
Marine plywood and weight will be approximately 180 lbs.
See Wilfried G. Stuckmann's web site
www.kle.nw.schule.de/hanna-heiber-schule/kanadier/for a Freight 20' under
is a 7 or 8 man racing canoe (plus steersman) for stitch and tape plywood
construction using mainly 12mm plywood. She can be made in boltable
sections and therefore shortened/lengthened amidships to vary the number
has been designed to replace some of the solid wood boats used in Thailand
and has a simple 2 chine hull section making her both stable and easy to
this is a boat for the purely insane or totally inebriated!, and it is an
example of the wide range of boat designs that we are asked to produce from
clients all over the world. Basically, she is a slightly thinned and greatly
stretched Waterman canoe and with her side float is designed to take 10 hefty
paddlers for what is becoming a popular (if not spectacular) canoe racing event.
She can be built in 3 sections which are bolted together and the plans also show
details for a simple 2 masted sailing rig which can be stored on the cross
beams. She is very adaptable and the centre section can be left out producing a
canoe which is 24’ long rather than the full 40’. Construction is simple
stitch and tape using pre-shaped ply hull panels.
flat bottom plank plus 2 planks per side
sheets of 6mm
carrying and race training plus sailing with ama
x A1 drawings plus 4 x A4 instruction sheets
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