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OPEN MOTOR CANOE DESIGNS & PLANS



We have 5 designs for Motor Canoes.

Note - In the particulars for each design, the dry weight is given for guidance only and will vary depending on the grade/density of plywood and solid wood used - different thicknesses of ply are often used by builders and the dry weight figure is based on the thinnest ply specified.
Also the Guidance Use comments are given in good faith and are based on feedback from previous builders etc and based on standard weight adults - contact us if you want further clarification before ordering/building. E & OE

 

Canoes on this Page

12'6" OB Canoe 15' OB Canoe

12 - 16' Strip Planked
OB Canoe

15' Trican Motor
Canoe
18'6" Silent Explorer 23'6" Brambling

 

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.
 The 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 Catalogues & Manuals page. (Please note that the cost of the CD is not refundable if you order canoe plans later).
 Also 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 halves etc.

 

NEW We have launched a new site dedicated to canoes and kayaks - go to www.makeacanoe.com where you will find the full range of SFDesign canoes and kayaks plus many more builder's photos of our canoes and  sections specifically on strip planked and stitch and tape canoe construction   - you can order canoe and kayak plans from this site or the makeacanoe site but you will find a lot more info about our canoes on the new site including a very useful FAQ's page on canoe building (costs, building times etc) and a page on canoe "bits and pieces" - ie. rudders, seats, leeboards, rigs etc.


12'6" OUTBOARD MOTOR CANOE  
12' OB Canoe This canoe is an adaptation of our Waterman 16 Mk2 open canoe requested by a client who wanted a lightweight craft which he could easily car top and which would safely take a small outboard motor to use for fishing and camping. Her beam has been widened to 44" giving more internal space and additional stability when moving around in the boat. She uses the stitch and tape method of construction. Depending upon the type of ply used, weight will be around 55 lbs.
The lovely example below is by Andy Somerville.

Below - an example by Jeremy Burne

and another, this one by Jim Zahl

 

and this one is by Roland Nock and used for extensive river passages with sponsons and a cover-all tent.

Right is an example being rowed by Bob Joyce.

12'6" OB Motor Canoe Particulars

LOA 12'6" 3.81m
Beam 44" 1.12m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 55lbs 24.94kg
Approx. Capacity 940lbs 424kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom with 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 3 1/2 - 4 sheets of 6mm
Guidance Use 3 adults - freight carrying
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

12'6" OUTBOARD MOTOR CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £51 (incl. VAT)           

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £43 ($69)  


 

NEW 15' OUTBOARD MOTOR CANOE

15' OB Canoe15' OB Canoe
Right, an example by Tim Yates.
Below is an example by Richard Varley.

This 15’ (4.58m) design is an extended version of our 12’6” Outboard Motor Canoe and uses the same basic hull shape with it’s narrow flat bottom panel with 3 further panels added each side to form an attractive but stable and easily built shape. 3 seats plus a forward stowage area are shown but she could be fitted out with a different arrangement to suit individual needs.

Normally a 1/2—2 hp engine would be used but she could take bigger units and she can be rowed or paddled—and like her smaller sister, a sail rig could be used.

 

15' OB Motor Canoe Particulars

LOA 15' 4.58m
Beam 44" 1.12m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 77lbs 35kg
Approx. Capacity 1200lbs 544lbs

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom with 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 6mm
Guidance Use 3 adults - general freight
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 5 A4 instruction sheets

 

15' OUTBOARD MOTOR CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £51 (incl. VAT)           

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £43 ($69)  



12 - 16' STRIP PLANKED MOTOR CANOE
The striking example above is by Patricio de Salterain in Uraguay.
This is a strip planked version of our plywood motor canoes—because she is strip planked over computer generated moulds, the spacing between the moulds can be altered to give any length between 12’ and 16’.
Apart from using an outboard motor between 1.5 and 4hp, she could be fitted out for rowing and/or sailing (we can provide these details from our other designs of similar size).

12' - 16' Strip OB Motor Canoe Particulars

LOA 12' - 16' 3.66 - 4.88m
Beam 44 1/2" 1.13m
Hull Mid Depth 13 1/4" 0.34m
Approx. Dry Weight 50-70lbs 23-32kg
Approx. Capacity 940-1200lbs 424-544kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip wood requirements 1540' of 3/8" x 3/4" (470m of 9x18mm) WRC
Guidance Use 3-4 adults - general freight
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds and details for both foam sandwich and cedar strip construction + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

12 - 15' STRIP OB MOTOR CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62                            

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)  


NEW 15' TRICAN MOTOR CANOE
The client who asked for this design, Jim Ferguson (who has sadly now passed on), wanted a design that could be used in a number of ways - a true multi-role craft for use in Australian waters. The main hull can be used by itself as a simple motor canoe or as a Proa with just one float or as a trimaran with 2 floats. With just the main hull she is a stable motor canoe for use in estuaries etc but with the floats she will become a very stable platform for all sorts of uses including coastal fishing and diving etc.

The plans show construction both in sheet aluminium and stitch and tape plywood - the beams are aluminium poles.

15' Trican Motor Canoe Particulars

LOA 15' 4.58m
Beam (main hull) 44" 1.12m
Beam (overall - adjustable) 8'6" 2.59m
Hull Mid Depth (main hull) 16" 0.41m
Approx. Dry Weight (overall) 200lbs 90kg
Approx. Capacity 1200lbs 544kg

Hull Shape

Double chine 'U' shaped bilge
Construction Methods Aluminium or stitch and tape plywood.
Plywood/aluminium sheet requirements 9 (4'x8' (1220x2440mm) sheets of 2mm aluminium or 6mm plywood
Guidance Use 3-4 adults - general freight, fishing etc
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 12 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' TRICAN MOTOR CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £77                              

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £64 ($102)  


18'6" SILENT EXPLORER  
Silent Explorer
For moving silently up remote quiet creeks and rivers to picnic amongst the Willows and enjoy country side not seen by many, we have designed this attractive electric canoe.
Construction uses the strip plank process using computer faired mould shapes and she is powered by a Mini Kota type electric outboard. 
She can take 3 or 4 adults. She could be fitted with a canopy or with steam power.

Complete Silent Explorer Canoes may be purchased from Amourelle Products at
http://www.ElectricCanoe.co.uk

Silent Explorer Particulars

LOA 18'6" 5.64m
Beam 39" 0.99m
Hull Mid Depth 16 1/2" 0.42m
Approx. Dry Weight incl. batteries 250lbs 115kg
Approx. Capacity 3-4 adults

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 1575' of 3/8" x 13/16" (480m of 9x20mm) WRC
Guidance Use River electric canoeing
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds and the additional moulds for a 21' version + 4 x A4 instruction sheets

 

18'6" SILENT EXPLORER FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £179 (incl. VAT)             

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £149 ($238)  


 
23'6" BRAMBLING ELECTRIC CANOE
BramblingBrambling

 

 

 

 

 

 

A leisurely craft from the Edwardian and Victorian eras - days of elegance on the Thames with parasols and wine! we were commissioned to design such a canoe, to be powered by a Gebofa electric 1.6 hp sail drive unit and constructed using modern clinker ply methods. The plans give the computer faired sectional mould shapes which are then erected onto a strong back. Stringers are then let into the moulds and the plank shapes taken easily from the building jig using the stringers as a guide. The hull could also be strip planked.  Speed approx. 5.5 knots. Capacity for up to 6 people.

Brambling Particulars

LOA 23'6" 7.16m
Beam 4'10" 1.47m
Hull Mid Depth 26" 0.57m
Draft 1'7" 0.47m
Approx. Dry Weight with batteries 975lbs 442kg

Hull Shape

9 planks per side round bilge
Construction Method Clinker ply or stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 16 x 9mm sheets
Guidance Use River cruising for up to 6
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

23'6" BRAMBLING PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £21/FULL PLANS £179 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £8.50/FULL PLANS £149 ($14/$238)

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