The AMAZING steam canoe project. I designed the hullshape and Roger Baker built it. Strip planked with American Oak trim. One of the most striking boats on the Lower Murray River – or anywhere!
A 12lb canoe. The idea was to build a Rushton Wee Lassie in balsa strip with very light glass. The boat ended up being fairly durable despite not being interested in durability. As far as I was concerned I was going to be happy if it lasted a couple of years before being chucked into a dumpster somewhere. But five years later it was still beautiful despite good use.
Why are these plans FREE? Because I want people to know just how good correctly proportioned touring paddles can be. Most of the paddles sold commercially are based heavily on racing models, which are fine if you are in training and only want to go 500 metres at the highest possible speed. For the rest of us there is a better balance available when we might be paddling for several hours or where the boat may be loaded. The oars were drawn to fit the Goat Island Skiff, but will fit other boats of a similar width.
Convert many Canoes, Kayaks and Small dinghies into sailboats with the addition of this one drop in rig. It supports both the mast and a leeboard. Everything can be removed except the mast step allowing the boat to remain uncluttered. I profile two owners who have had the same drop in rig on several different boats each. Sails are available too.
Full list of storerboat plans for sail, rowing, paddling, fishing and overnight stays. Plans for most boats are very comprehensive and the boats look just right despite simple construction methods.
David Graybeal of Harbor Woodworks in Portland, Oregon built a pair of my wooden paddles from the free plans See the link in the left column. Simple, but look way nicer than other simple paddles.
The above photo was taken on the third day of our Canoeing trip on the Loire River in France. The two black canoes didn’t even exist a week ago. When I wrote the original article on Disposable Canoeing I had no idea at all what it would lead to me and a bunch of adventurers, wine and cheese connoisseurs. Most of us didn’t even know each other! The picture above is the result of this adventurism, but what happened to make it happen? What technology was involved to make the boats faster to build than most stitch and glue boats and what weather conditions did we have to overcome to make it all happen.
John Owen Woodworks in the USA is now producing kits for the Quick Canoe 155. This boat is designed to be a real alternative to a basic fibreglass canoe, but will be lighter and usually much cheaper. Some have built one in very few hours.
Want to travel down the Loire River in France? A group on the Duckworks forum are planning to build a bunch of quick build boats, possibly including the Quick Canoe for a 14 day trip. Everyone covers their own expense. Maybe September.
Jani is a friend of Perttu in Finland. Jani wanted a boat for rowing and fishing. He built a Quick Canoe and modified it with outriggers and also worked out a scheme where it can carry one or two people simply by changing the bow. Maybe it is so clever because Jani is an Industrial Designer!
Another Quick Canoe built in less than a week. This time by Clinton. He shows how quick and cheap the boat can be. Probably our friends from the Americas can build for about half this price for the same materials quality.
Cliff and PJ live in Warm Queensland and Wintry Tasmania. However they both like to go the the yearly (June) wooden boat festival in tropical Far North Queensland. This year they decided to build one of my Quick Canoes. They started on Saturday and finished including putting the canoe on the car roof by the following thursday. They are experienced woodworkers so added some very nice details.
Perttu took his recently built “Quick Canoe” on a trip down a river in Finland. We don’t have rivers like this in Australia! To see them is quite exciting. The Quick Canoe is designed to be very cheap and easy to build, but still work OK.
Finally after many years of selling the plan I have a photo of a boat with the outriggers from the drop-in outrigger plan. Every part of the outrigger is very light. The first one we built had each component under 10lbs. It can make a canoe or kayak into a killer sailing boat. Or can convert a canoe, kayak or suitable dinghy into a stable fishing or diving platform for paddle or outboard.
Perttu is building his Quick Canoe in almost impossible conditions. The middle of the Finnish Winter. But the boat is going together well. He is building it very cheaply out of ply and polyester resin.
The plywood “disposable” canoe (see here) has been renamed the more salubrious “Quick Canoe”. I quite liked the name of “Disposable Canoe” but I agreed with the critique that it hinted at something that was poor quality rather than simple and Easy. It has been designed to be as easy to build as possible while keeping some of the qualities of a good paddling canoe – in particular the ability to track.
I don’t have a car so how can I go canoe touring? Its something I fell in love with in the USA on Lake Powell. This is an idea for a simple, cheap, almost throwaway (or give away) canoe. I can get the materials shipped to somewhere on a river, build the boat over a couple of days then go for a paddle. At the end I can give the boat away or store it for the next part of the trip.
More paddling on Lake Powell, Utah, part of the Colorado River. Remember that I am not a real Canoeist. I have paddled quite a range of different boats at some time or another, I do know basic strokes, I have used canoes to do several day tours (Noosa River, Hawkesbury River) but this trip was to much more remote areas. Closest towns 50 or so kilometres away, we were likely to be pretty well the only people on that area of water after the weekend, we had to carry everything including food as there are no shops.