Planning a Canoe Build

Tim
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Planning a Canoe Build

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I'm surprised there hasn't been any post in the canoe/paddling section yet. I'm new here and I have been planning a canoe build for a little while now. I'm just about finished with a couple of other projects, and will be getting to this one soon. Instead of designing my own, I decided to buy plans. A couple of months ago I purchased plans from JEM watercraft for their Sasquatch 16-33. The overall length is 16'6" with a 33" Beam. As much as I like strip canoes, this will be a complicated stitch and glue using Okoume plywood. The size and shape can either be paddled solo or multiple paddlers. I have included a couple images from the JEM website so y'all can get an idea of how it will look completed.

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Hopefully I can get started on it soon.
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Awesome man. Its an incredible skill.
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They are nice, but personally I dont have anywhere near the tools or experience to try it. Id just go buy one of those cheapo 1 man kayaks from academy or something lol.
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Tim, That's a fine looking canoe. I built many "Gators" and a couple of "Crocs" from gatorboats.com. Easy builds and I still have the plans. If you epoxy coat the wood to completely encapsulate it you can get by with luan plywood, I don't think it really has enough voids to be a problem for paddle driven watercraft and it costs a fraction of what marine grade plywood costs. Put your money into glass and epoxy the ty-wraps and luan ply are cheap. Avoid the polyester resin at Wally World put your monry into the marine grade resin from West Marine. Start saving the wood flour from your belt sander your going to need it.
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Jeffro, thanks for the tip. I may need to reconsider the luan, I'm not a big fan of the price for okoume ply.
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I did use regular old A/C or A/B plywood from Homerworld on a few boats but luan ply would have been just as good. Painted them with OOPs paint I found in the bargain bin. Found some Seafoam Green for the inside and a few quarts of Slate Blue and Off White mixed together they made Battleship Gray. Use Enamel type paint.
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Impressive.
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I wish we could plan a canoe trip. I have regular old store bought canoe. I've never done it mostly because of the lack of flowing, navigable water (in my area) and the logistics of being dropped off at one place and picked up at another.
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Well, most of the waters I will be on will be smaller lakes and what not. I have been to a couple of locations that are a couple hours away from me that has some good moving waters.
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I built a Eureka 155 out of luann, covering the edges with West System epoxy before taping it. It's 7 years old now, and still going strong.

What model is that in the initial post? Looks really nice!
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