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OPEN CANOE DESIGNS & PLANS
FOR CANOES OVER 17' LENGTH

(PLYWOOD - STITCH & TAPE)

 

 

We have 11 designs, some with sail, spar, rudder , outrigger and daggerboard details - although all could take a sail plan.

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

17' Prospector Guide 18 18' Ralph 18' Marathon 20' Marathon 18' Hazelnut 18' Waka Ama 24' Tikopian

20' Seajay

20' Freight 35' Dragon 40' Dragon        

 

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.


NEW  17' PROSPECTOR OPEN CANOE
Prospector 17

The above example is by Alec Jordan (Jordan Boats). Below an example by Julian Allwood and family.

Right and below is an example by Simon Hunt.

We 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. 

In 6mm ply, she weighs approximately 95lbs (43kg).

Simon Muller has set up a blog detailing his build - go to www.wir-bauen-ein-boot.ch

17' Prospector Particulars

LOA 17' 5.19m
Beam 35 1/4" 0.9m
Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.37m
Approx. Dry Weight 95lbs 43kg
Approx. Capacity 900lbs 408kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 5 planks per side with tumblehome and generous bottom rocker
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose and load carrying - 3-4 adults (6mm ply)
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

17' PROSPECTOR FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


 

GUIDE 18  
The 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 waterline.
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. 

For a YouTube film of the Guide 17 go to   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn793bT4R-8

Guide 18 Particulars

LOA 17'8" 5.39m
Beam 36" 0.92m
Hull Mid Depth 12 1/2" 0.32m
Approx. Dry Weight 110lbs 50kg
Approx. Capacity 1200lbs 544kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose load carrying with 3-4 adults (6mm ply)
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

GUIDE 18 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere -  FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)



18' RALPH  
Ralph 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. 
Ralph

 

 

The example here is by Dave Burke - bottom right is the Ralph beside an Esk 12 he also built - you can follow some of his adventures on http://www.dave-burke.co.uk/2012/09/ralph-twenty-years-on/

and

http://www.dave-burke.co.uk/2012/09/great-glen-canoe-trail/

Ralph Particulars

LOA 18' 5.49m
Beam 36" 0.92m
Hull Mid Depth 12" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 52lbs 23.58kg
Approx. Capacity 825lbs 374kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose - 3 adults
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction sheets

 

18' RALPH FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere -  FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


 

 

18'6" MARATHON ASYMMETRIC CANOE
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.

18'6" Marathon Particulars

LOA 18'6" 5.64m
Beam 33 1/2" 0.85m
Hull Mid Depth 12" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs (in light 4mm ply) 27kg
Approx. Capacity 775lbs 351kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine asymmetric with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Long distance paddling with 2 adults + gear
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

18' 6" MARATHON CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65            

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


NEW 20' x 28" MARATHON  ASYMMETRIC CANOE
This design is a development of the 18’6” Marathon open canoe with it's easily driven asymmetric hull shape. Beam has been reduced to 28" which is positioned down at the waterline. Like her smaller sister she has 5 planks per side and uses the stitch and tape method of construction for ease, low cost and lightness. Again she has tumblehome in the topsides making her easier to paddle.

20' Marathon Particulars

LOA 20' 6.10m
Beam 28" 0.71m
Hull Mid Depth 12" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 65lbs (in light 4mm ply) 29kg
Approx. Capacity 800lbs 363kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine asymmetric with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use Long distance paddling with 2 adults + gear
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

20' MARATHON CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65            

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


NEW  18' HAZELNUT OPEN CANOE CANOE
 The requirement was for a canoe with the same stability, capacity and maneuverability as the 17' Prospector but without the high swept back ends and a flatter sheer line. So I took the Prospector model and kept the same mid-section with it's tumblehome and stable shape and remodeled the ends to give a more guide-boat feel to them.

 Construction is the usual simple stitch and tape method with 5 planks per side - she will take a rig, leeboards and rudder so the standard 15'8" Prospector rig details are sent with the plans.

17' Hazelnut Particulars

LOA 17' 5.19m
Beam 35 1/4" 0.90m
Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.37m
Approx. Dry Weight 95lbs (in light 4mm ply) 43kg
Approx. Capacity 900lbs 408kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine asymmetric with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose and load carrying - 3-4 adults + gear (using 6mm ply).
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

17' HAZELNUT CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65            

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


 

18' WAKA AMA HAWAIIAN CANOE

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

18' Waka Ama Particulars

LOA 18' 5.49m
Beam OA incl. ama 5'11" 1.8m
Beam (main hull internal width) 1' 6 1/2" 0.47m
Hull Mid Depth 17 1/4" 0.44m
Approx. Dry Weight 140 lbs 64kg
Approx. Capacity 950lbs 431kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plank plus 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 6-7 sheets of 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use Load carrying and racing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

18' WAKA AMA CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £85            

(Approx. 102 Euros/$115 USD)


 

24' TIKOPIAN CANOE
The Tikopian 24 is based on the 18' Waka Ama and uses the same stitch and tape plywood construction process. She has 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.

24' Tikopian Particulars

LOA 24' 7.32m
Beam OA 6' 1.83m
Beam (main hull internal width) 23 5/8" 0.60m
Hull Mid Depth 20" 0.5m
Approx. Dry Weight 275lbs 125kg
Approx. Capacity 1600lbs 726kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plank plus 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 9-10 sheets of 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use Load carrying
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

24' TIKOPIAN CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £85            

(Approx. 102 Euros/$115 USD)


20' SEAJAY
This 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 Sea Jay by Revd. J. Mountney and below is a full length example by Andrea Bulgarelli.

20' Sea Jay Particulars

LOA 20' 6.1m
Beam 40" 1.01m
Hull Mid Depth 16" 0.4m
Approx. Dry Weight 120lbs 54kg
Approx. Capacity 1500lbs 680kg

Hull Shape

U Bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 7 sheets of 6mm
Guidance Use Load carrying and sailing
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 A4 instruction sheets

 

20' SEAJAY FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)



20' FREIGHT
This 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.  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 at
www.kle.nw.schule.de/hanna-heiber-schule/kanadier/ for a Freight 20' under construction.
Above, an example by James Berwick.

20' Freight Particulars

LOA 20' 6.1m
Beam 53" 1.34m
Hull Mid Depth 21" 0.53m
Approx. Dry Weight 180lbs 81.63m
Approx. Capacity 1600lbs 726kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 6-8 sheets of 6mm depending on fit-out
Guidance Use Load carrying - up to 5 or 6 crew
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 7 A4 instruction sheets

 

20' FREIGHT CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


 

NEW  35' DRAGON RACING CANOE

This 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 crewing her..

She 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 build.

Below is an example by Arthur Jacobs in Thailand

35' Dragon Particulars

LOA 35' 10.68m
Beam 35" 0.58m
Hull Mid Depth 14 3/4" 0.37m
Approx. Dry Weight 350lbs 159kg
Approx. Capacity 1400lbs 635kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom with 2 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 10 sheets of 12mm
Guidance Use Racing
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

35' DRAGON CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


 

40' DRAGON  
Dragon 40

Well, 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.

Below is an example of a Scout project in the US to build and get fun from a Dragon 40 - for the full story and plenty of photos of the build go to http://www.boxwelltroop.com/pick-a-week-2014-stahl/canoe-build.html

40' Dragon Particulars

LOA 40' 12.2m
Beam 28" 0.71m
Hull Mid Depth 18 3/4" 0.48m
Approx. Dry Weight 235lbs 107kg
Approx. Capacity 2250lbs 1020kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plank plus 2 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 6+ sheets of 6mm
Guidance Use Load carrying and race training plus sailing with ama
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings plus 4 x A4 instruction sheets

 

40' DRAGON FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)

 


 

SEPARATE FLOAT, SAIL & LEEBOARD PLANS COST 

Below are photographs of the Ranger floats used on a 15'8" Fisher Prospector by Steve Cullis.

Note- we can supply the plans for the Waterman 12 float, rudder and leeboard details together with the plans for the Ranger canoe  at a cost of £15 (UK/EU);
(P&P - UK £2; EU £4: US/Elsewhere £5)

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £15          

(Approx. 18 Euros/$20 USD)


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