How hard is it to build a canoe? I have some pretty decent mechanical skills. I used to a be a plumber and have had experience as machinist. I have the room the build a canoe at a relatives. It is not climate controlled though.
Do you need to have the area your working in a certain temperature when working with the molding and epoxy/resins when coating the canoe?
If any one could would you explain the basics to me and what would be need to build my own canoe? Wood, fabric, epoxy, and tools?
If I dont end up just buying a used one I would like to build something in the 17-18ft that would be light enough to portage in the BWCA but still have a decent weight capacity. Mainly it will be used for fishing rivers and lakes but I am close enough to the BWCA that I would like to make a portaging trip yearly. Thanks for any information.
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Posted by: PJC on Jan-14-13 6:43 PM (EST)
Like you, I've thought about, and looked into, building a canoe. But I lack a garage or basement usable for such a project. I'm sure others with much more experience will soon jump in here, but a decent starting point might be to look at the stuff at Bear Mountain Boats and Green Valley Boatworks. There will probably be other suggestions coming shortly.
Posted by: jbstok on Jan-14-13 8:01 PM (EST)
finished building a stitch and glue kayak from CLC. It was actually a lot of fun, right up until the varnishing part. Didn't much like that. They have canoe kits (and plans too) Start here: http://www.clcboats.com/shop/canoes/traditional-lapstrake-canoes/
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-15-13 1:45 PM (EST)
I think my problem is going to be with the epoxy keeping it around 60-65. I wanted to build it this winter but maybe If I have some spare time it will be a good summer project.
Posted by: rival51 on Jan-14-13 10:00 PM (EST)
having built three kayaks (but no canoes - all mine are boughten). First, don't go into this thinking that you are going to save a lot of money. Do it because you want to paddle something that you built. Be warned though that having a wooden boat on your roof can make it hard to get out of parking lots and gas stations some times. Beyond that, kits vs. plans - you taste and need for gratification. My two stitch & glue kayaks were pygmy kits. I'm fond of Pygmy's designs & don't really like the design of the original CLS boats, but CLC has nice looking newer ones. The Pygmys were ready to float in 2 months and finished & varnished in a little more than 3. The strip boat was another story. It was about 11 months from starting the forms to finishing the varnish.
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-15-13 1:49 PM (EST)
I was hoping the build would be a little faster. That and I don't have the wood working tools right also. It sounds like it would be a fun project. I just don't have that much spare time right now and I want something I can use by spring.
Posted by: baldpaddler on Jan-14-13 10:20 PM (EST)
at the northwest canoe shop in minnesota.I built three canoes from their plans and book. Simple enough for me to build. Good people and helpful.
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Posted by: rjh on Jan-14-13 10:29 PM (EST)
Posted by: Canuka on Jan-15-13 12:38 AM (EST)
Pygmy Boats has a kit for a 17-foot canoe, the Taiga, a very nice, high capacity stitch-and-glue canoe.
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Posted by: hodtay on Jan-15-13 10:22 AM (EST)
A cedar strip canoe is a fun and doable project. THere is so much information out there that is pretty easy to get it right if you do your research. There is probably a fellow boat builder nearby to help when help is needed.
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-15-13 1:51 PM (EST)
thanks for all the information guys. I have always wanted to do this. I just don't see it being able to be done in the time frame I want before spring. I might start one this summer when I am on vacation so I can have a better control on the climate also.
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Posted by: VK1NF on Jan-15-13 5:45 PM (EST)