I almost always eventually get stories and photos that bear out my design vision for a boat.
Here, a boat that is low cost in every way but no less useful because of it.
Here we have a picnic day with the Koenecke famil – two adults and one teenager and a small fluffy dog and food and chairs on a boat that is cheap because
- Takes a cheap electric trollng motor – much cheaper than an outboard
- Goes on the car roof – so no trailer, registration etc
- Has reasonable performance under this sort of weight – about 7mph
- Builds cheaply from three sheets of exterior plywood.
The mathematics of economy work because the boat is light and slender and designed to be low drag.
No trailer, no fuel, no special tool, materials from a big box store a couple of weekends and go
Put the same weight in a much heavier aluminium dinghy and see how the trolling motor goes! And the worse the conditions the better the Quick Canoe Electric will cover ground relative to a fatter boat.
From Joe, the owner/builder.
Very stable, very practical, light weight, and easy to build. And relitively inexpensive to build, too. Can be modified in various ways (use your imagination, but ask the designer for his advice first!). And fast with trolling motor and under sail (a modification we made with some advice from Michael). Car-top-able, but takes some practice to do alone. All in all, a great little boat!
So to the Snohomish. The Quick Canoe looks like this. Its slenderness, light weight and carefully designed rocker give it efficient performance at design speeds of 5 to 9mph (though some go a little faster).
The banks of the Snohomish are resting place for many interesting boats. A tugboat someone is living aboard.
It’s name is …
“Popcorn” sees something!
But also there is something … UP!
A Vietnam era river Patrol Boat (someone correct me in the comments if I am wrong)
They stopped heading down the river here as there were no facilities for the ladies beyond.
And then home. “Popcorn” might be considering the facilities available too … or testing his land legs.
A nice day in a simple and cheap boat.