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Lapstrake Canoe Plans


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We offer three different models: The 13 footer is a 45 pound solo model, the 15 footer is also a solo (though she can carry two) that weighs 55 pounds, and our 17-foot double weighs only 65 pounds. The top photo on this page and the one immediately below are of Megantic, a glued lapstrake 15-footer.

Hull Dimensions:
LOA=13'-0" Beam=2'-4" Depth Amidships=0'-11
LOA=15'-0" Beam=2'-10" Depth Amidships=1'-0" (Plank patterns available for this canoe.)
LOA=17'-0" Beam=2'-10" Depth Amidships=1'-1"

Specifically, these are double paddle canoes, with remarkable stability...Their motion is not at all what is experienced in a typical canvas-covered canoe. In these, the seat is positioned at waterline height, putting the paddler's weight at or below the center of bouyancy. For that reason, they aren't in the least tiddley, and are very easily driven. How easily? Two experienced rowers in a Matinicus Double Ender could not outdistance that 12-year-old in her 13' canoe. And in these parts, they aren't allowed in the same race category as standard canoes.


Whether traditionally built using cedar planking and steam bent ash ribs, or constructed using Okoume plywood and epoxy, these are the easiest to build of all lapstrake boats. Another nice feature is that you won't need specialized tools to build one...except possibly the lap clamps, but you can make those too, working from our plans. You should also be interested to know that the building plans include the full size hull sections. There is an optional sail plan, and professional building time ranges from about 55 to 80 hours. Yes, the plans include the double paddle. Here's a look at a 13-footer by the name of Seasmoke. These two canoes were the ones photographed for the Lapstrake Canoes CD.


The plans consist of 3 pages: lines and offsets, construction details, and the full size body plan, all printed on 24# inkjet paper, and are black line copies that resist fading in the sunlight.


Thought you'd like to see a lapstrake canoe built by first time builder Paul Marcotte.


Are they easily driven? What does this photo tell you? Nice job all around.


Yes, some folks like to rig their canoes to sail. That's why we also offer a combined sail plan for our lapstrake canoes.

When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.


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