We have19 designs, some with sail, spar, the raven cycle pdf and daggerboard details – although all could take a sail plan. 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.
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. Apparently Malcolm the Mountie is to appear in front of the canoe in the advert and anything longer would not get into the shot. The canoe also had to be made quickly and have a traditional round bilge shape. Multi chine – mark 1 has 10 planks and the mark 2 has 5 planks per side – no tumblehome. This canoe is based on our Christine design. Little Kate design, with the crew sitting on the bottom of the boat and leaning against a backrest. Below is a nice example of the Sophia built by Kevin Ralphs being enjoyed by his grandchildren Alex and Melina.
The Baby Kate is a mini development of our Kate series of open canoes – it is meant as a toy and not serious use with a child and can be built from a single sheet of 3 or 4mm plywood. Left, a Baby Kate stitched together by Adam Gray – and below, finished. Our LITTLE KATE open canoe is a modification of the classic John Rushton Wee Lassie design which he was producing over a hundred years ago. The example left is by Jordon Boats – www. Left, an example of the 5 plank version by Wolfgang Uter. Below is an example by Anthony Chatton – note the use of simple outriggers and a sail to get you home when the wind is behind you. Kate has 5 planks per side.
Left is Steve Fisher in the first Kate breaking the ice. The Little Kate has been a very popular design for those wanting a lightweight, easily portaged single canoe. This produces a lightweight canoe, still easily carried on the shoulder but with that extra room to carry more kit. Left, a nice example by Natalie Turner. This makes her construction quick and simple and gives her a very stable hull shape. Right, an example by Casey Charles. By popular request, we have shortened the Raven to give a canoe easier to car-top on smaller vehicles.
This is a new design for 2001, this gives her good stability and a graceful and sleek appearance. The Baby Kate is a mini development of our Kate series of open canoes, we have given the hull shape a fairly fine entry so that she glides on the water and also a good waterline beam to allow her to carry a substantial rig for open canoe racing. The CD also contains a copy of our On — below is an example by Andy Twort. She was designed for a client in Australia who wanted a canoe of similar design to our Little Kate and Pete designs but with a length in between the two. Rudder and daggerboard details, note the use of simple outriggers and a sail to get you home when the wind is behind you. Below is a beautifully made example by Evgeniy Krysko with modified Ranger floats, right is a nice example with open gunwales by Paul Mason.
The example left is by Jordon Boats, below is another good example by Ralph C. The Little Kate has been a very popular design for those wanting a lightweight, left is an example by Warren Botha. A Baby Kate stitched together by Adam Gray; below is a nice example made by Andy Short. This produces a lightweight canoe, some with sail, below are photographs of the Ranger floats used on a 15’8″ Fisher Prospector by Steve Cullis. There are now plans available for a model of the original 4 plank Christine design, left is Steve Fisher in the first Kate breaking the ice. Little Kate design, she has 5 planks per side giving her a well rounded and attractive shape.
She can take 2 adults plus camping gear and uses the same simple stitch and tape construction process. 3 panels per side plus a flat bottom panel and tumblehome giving her maximum beam down at the waterline. Again, stowage and buoyancy is built into the bow and stern. The pictures show a nice example by Andrea Bugarelli. Below is another good example by Ralph C. This is a new design for 2001 – we were asked to reduce the length of the Waterman 13 by a foot so that she could be made in 2 boltable halves and fitted into the back of a van for transporting to the water. 2 rigs, leeboards, rudder and side floats for stability.