|Project by alaskadiver||posted 10-24-2013 10:44 PM||4969 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
I made this skin on frame canoe over the summer.
Dimensions 12’6” long 26” wide at center 24lbs.
Frame is 1/2” marine grade ply. The rub strips are oak, thwarts are padauk, everything else including the paddle I made is red cedar. Ballistic Nylon is the cover and a two part urethane water proofed it. Its my own design but I looked a lot at Geodesic Boats and Kuduz craft from ideas. No steam bending on this canoe. I colored the fabric with dye but wished I would have left it white. I’ll write up a how to someday but get Berkshire Boat Building (like I did) and start there. Lots of fun, cost me under $400 for materials and $125 was skin and coating. All joints are lashed with artificial sinew, with the keel and transom sporting some screws and glue for added comfort. The wood has three layers of pure tung oil and beads up water nicely.
The last picture is me, I’m 6’2” and 200lbs and looks like I could add a lot more weight. Fun stable canoe and really fast. Just plan on answering lots of questions when you get to shore.
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