Length – 4.7m (15ft 6ins)
Beam – 0.83m (33ins)
Hull Weight – 23kg (45lbs)
Draft – 0.100m, (4″)
Three sheets of 6mm (1/4″) Plywood.
A labor saving innovation allows the filleting or glassing of a clean interior with no stitches in the way.
I built the QC (photo above) for this trip last year, and have used it extensively in lakes since that time. Definitely gets scuffed up with the rocky bottom of our local rivers, but things are better since I capped the keel with a strip of aluminum. .
I cannot pass a single other person on the river without great compliments about my “beautiful wooden canoe”!
Despite being so simple … it looks just right on the water as you can see from the photos.
The photo below shows two Quick Canoes a group of us built in France immediately before paddling and camping our way down the Loire River for a week.
It fills a gap that our classic Eureka plywood Canoe doesn’t cover. The Eureka is a pretty canoe that is easy to build and paddles very nicely. It builds quickly over a couple of weeks if you can work full time, but with the Quick Canoe we were thinking of something possible to whack together in a weekend.
|Eureka Left and Quick Canoe Right.|
Original name was the “disposable” canoe. It 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.
|Our Drop in outriggers that fit almost any canoe are quite suitable for the Quick Canoes. They fit the Eureka too but with a flatter crossbeam curve. It is also the basis for a quick sailing rig.|
It could have been the EasyCanoe, but that name was already taken.
The Quick Canoe series 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. It is not designed to be the BEST canoe, but the SIMPLEST plywood canoe that was FASTEST to build without being too bad on the water rather than going the best paddling canoe we could do as represented by the Eureka.
Here is a six minute clip on the building.method
It includes the standard paddling canoe and also the Quick Canoe Electric which is a cargo canoe designed to take an electric trolling motor.
The Quick Canoes even work well with our Drop In Sailing Rig.