There are at least five generic ways for a home-builder to build a boat that
might be called a canoe. They vary a lot in the labor, materials, skills and
tools required and they vary a lot in their beauty, ruggedness, weight and
performance. Fortunately, there are some good resources to help you make a
reasoned decision among the several mthods.
The pirogue is a simple hard-chined boat, generally built of plywood and
frequently using 'stitch & glue' techniques. The bateau.com suggestion
earlier in this thread is of this type. Start with Jacques' website. Also
search for 'six hour canoe' and the like. These are easy boats to build.
The Geodesic Airolite boats of Platt Monfort are really intriguing. They're
amazingly light. Get Platt's video to judge whether the construction is
within your skills.
Cedar strip composite boats are light, strong, generally very pretty. Get
Ted Moores' book, Canoecraft and Mac McCarthy's, 'Featherweight
Glued plywood lapstrake boats are light and pretty. Get Tom Hill's book,
Ultralight Boatbuilding' and the accompanying video from Woodenboat.
Chesapeake light Craft has some kits for these. See their website
The traditional cedar & canvas canoe is a thing of beauty, but not one in a
hundred of us has the skill and dedication to undertake one. Start with
Jerry Stelmok's book, 'Building the Maine Guide Canoe'.
Personally, for a boat to take one person fishing, the solo strip canoe like
McCarthy's Wee Lassie II
is a delight.
Building a boat, even a small and simple one, is an important expression of
yourself, Pick a decent designer, good paterials, and build it honestly.
You'll be pleased with the result.
> Good morning:
> I am considering building a canoe during the Fall/Winter seasons.
> Basically it will be used for leisure paddling and bass fishing at
> local lake.
> I have found several websites carrying canoe kits and/or plans. There
> is this company: http://www.geodesicairoliteboats.com in which I have
> my eyes set on their models Snow Shoe 14 and Snow Shoe Explorer 14.
> Have any of you guys built any of those canoes?
> Regarding that source of canoe plans (or any other source that you may
> recommend), how much time and money is involved in building a canoe?
> What level of expertise is needed to accomplish it?
> Thanks a lot for any information that you guys can offer.
> Woodbridge, VA