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OPEN CANOE DESIGNS & PLANS
FOR STRIP PLANK CONSTRUCTION

 


We have 6 designs for Cedar Strip Construction.

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' Asym' Baby Raven

16' Robin

Explorer 15

Explorer 16

16' Strip Pete

15'8" Strip Prospector

 

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 12' ASYMMETRIC STRIP PLANKED BABY RAVEN

So far this is the smallest strip plank canoe we have designed - although we do know that strip planked version of our Little Kate design have been made simply by using the mould shapes we give for clinker construction and putting a curve through the chine points. The ply Baby Raven is one of our most popular designs and in this case we have been asked to develop the full-size mould and construction details for a strip plank version of the asymmetric version. She makes a delightful personal single canoe.
Left is an example by Chris Eve.

12' Asymmetric Strip Planked Baby Raven Particulars

LOA 12' 3.66m
Beam 32" 0.8m
Hull Mid Depth 12" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 48lbs 20kg
Approx. Capacity 485lbs 220kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip Wood Requirements 1150' of 1/4" x 5/8" (350m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use Single general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

12' STRIP ASSYM' BABY RAVEN FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


 

16' ROBIN  
Robin

The ROBIN is a design requested by a client who had already built one of our Wren stitch and tape ply canoes and who wanted a similar craft in strip planked construction with a sweet round bilge shape. The basic parameters for this design are similar to those of the Wren but we have taken the opportunity to introduce some tumblehome into the sectional shape making her wider at the waterline beam than at the gunwale edge. This makes her very stable and easy to paddle. We have also fined down the ends a little so that she tracks well.
Construction is of 6mm material which would be sheathed inside and out in glass cloth and epoxy resin. This gives a lightweight hull shell which is also able to take impact. There is no need to loft the boat as all the mould shapes are computer generated and faired. 

16' Robin Particulars

LOA 15'10" 4.8m
Beam 34" 0.85m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 47lbs 21kg
Approx. Capacity 750lbs 340kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip Wood Requirements 1320' of 1/4" x 3/4" (400m of 6x18mm) WRC
Guidance Use Double general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

16' ROBIN FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


 
EXPLORER 15  
This design is a slightly smaller sister to our Explorer 16' open strip planked canoe - in this case we have used a similar hull design with a 'U' shaped mid body with plenty of tumblehome in the topsides making her easy to paddle and very stable. Construction is from 5 or 6mm Cedar strip glued edge to edge over a building jig. The jig uses mould sections which are computer faired and given full size on the plans. She can be set up for single use but the drawings show seats for up to 3 people.
 

The photos below show a nice example by Pete Nelson.

15' Explorer Particulars

LOA 14'10" 4.52m
Beam 32" 0.81m
Hull Mid Depth 12 1/2" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 47lbs 21kg
Approx. Capacity 675lbs 306kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip Wood Requirements 1395' of 1/4" x 5/8" (425m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use General purpose - 2 adults
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings inc. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

EXPLORER 15 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


 
EXPLORER 16

The above example is by Jordan Boats - go to www.jordanboats.co.uk

The Explorer 16 is a strip planked canoe with fine lines towards the bow and stern running into an easy 'U' shaped mid body. She has tumblehome in the topsides which make her easy to paddle and which puts the maximum beam at the waterline giving excellent form stability. She has a moderate rocker of 2" (50mm). Construction is from 5 or 6mm Cedar strip glued edge to edge over a building jig - the moulds for this are given full size on the drawings along with full details for setting up the jig. Seating positions are shown for up to 3 people but she could be adapted for single use and she has optional buoyancy/stowage in the ends. 


Above left is a 16' and 14' example of the Explorer 16 - the 14 footer was built by simply reducing the spacing between the moulds on the jig. On the right is a photo of the 14 footer in the water - both canoes were built by Mick Sanderson.

An example which can be seen in more detail at www.greencanoe.weebly.com

16' Explorer Particulars

LOA 15'10" 4.8m
Beam 32" 0.81m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 50lbs 23kg
Approx. Capacity 700lbs 317kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip Wood Requirements 1540' of 1/4" x 5/8" (470m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use General purpose with 2 adults
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

EXPLORER 16 FULL PLAN COST

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


16' STRIP PLANKED PETE CANOE

Strip Pete

The example right is by Jordan Boats - go to www.jordanboats.co.uk
This is an example of how we can, using our YachtCAD system, change a design from a multi-chine ply hull shape to a round bilged hull shape suitable for strip planking (or visa versa). A client wanted the graceful shape of our Pete canoe—but he wanted to build in Cedar strip—so these plans include full-size mould shapes and strongback/jig details for the strip method.

She has the same dimensions with a LOA of 15’6” (4.7m); Beam of 36” (0.92m); and midships depth of 13” (0.33m). Her weight will be around 50lbs (23kg). We can supply Pete’s sail plan if required.

16' Strip Planked Pete Particulars

LOA 15'6" 4.7m
Beam 36" 0.92m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 50lbs 23kg
Approx. Capacity 750lbs 340kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Method Cedar strip planked
Strip Wood Requirements 1475' of 1/4" x 5/8" (450m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use General purpose with 2 adults
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

16' STRIP PETE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)                   

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)         


 

NEW 15' 8" STRIP PLANKED PROSPECTOR


This beautiful example is by E.F. Platts of Cornwall.

Left, a nice example by James Riggs.
Right and below, a lovely example by Chris Smith, a student of the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy.

A Strip Planked version of our most popular design—the Fisher Prospector Open canoe—plans include full-size templates for the moulds and the sail plan of the FP16.

Note - see Open Canoes 15'-17' for further details of the standard Fisher Prospector.

15'8" Strip Planked Prospector Particulars

LOA 15'8" 4.76m
Beam 35" 0.88m
Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.36m
Approx. Dry Weight 55lbs 25kg
Approx. Capacity 825lbs 374kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome and generous rocker
Construction Method Cedar strip plank
Strip Wood Requirements 1640' of 1/4" x 5/8" (500m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use General purpose - load carrying
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings incl. full-size moulds + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' 8" STRIP PROSPECTOR FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


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POSTAGE & PACKING (SHIPPING)
Please note - the plan prices do not include P&P charges which will be added to your order.

The maximum P&P charges for plans are :-
UK - £2 per plan (sent by 1st class Business Post.
Europe - £4 per plan (sent by Airmail).
USA & Elsewhere - £5 ($8) per plan (sent by Airmail).

See the Postage Charge Table (via the Home Page) for further details.

 


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