Creating the rails required epoxying three eight-foot lengths together for each rail using a 6-to-1 scarf joint some recommend 8-to-1 or greater, but the 6-to-1 ratio worked fine for me. Also, where do you buy kit for these canoes, or did you make it from scratch. Their dust bags are held on by a friction-fit o-ring and sometimes they fall off. The forms are attached to the station blocks on the strong back with drywall screws, taking care to line up the centerline of the forms with the centerline of the strong back. I wish I could make one, but, no cedar here on the Prairie that is not gold cost,and above all, no garage
Free Boat Plans
It is time to get out the sander one more time and make it look dull. Click here for that answer. I didn't think of using the band clamps until about half way into stripping; the result is that my initial strips didn't follow the curvature of the forms as closely as I'd have liked. The use of only one frame offsets the extra weight of using plywood, so that this canoe is still light enough for comfortable portage. These are screwed directly into the stems for strength. I ran into problems when the wind kicked up while applying a final epoxy coat outdoors, which blew dust and chips onto the surface of the boat it wasn't a big deal, as I still had some sanding to do.
Open Strip Plank Canoes
Common scrapers used for hardwood work are not useful here, because the soft cedar just tears out. A Strip Planked version of our most popular design—the Fisher Prospector Open canoe—plans include full-size templates for the moulds and the sail plan of the FP Left, a nice example by James Riggs. Set it, glue it, clamp it into place, wait for the glue to set up enough to hold the twist, etc. Above left is a 16' and 14' example of the Explorer 16 - the 14 footer was built by simply reducing the spacing between the moulds on the jig.
The above example is by Jordan Boats - go to www. Start attaching strips to the forms at the part of the form closest to the strong back and work towards the center of the hull. They need to include a pedestal feature so that the forms are held an appropriate distance above the strong back. I had weird results applying epoxy to trim one cold, late evening. It may be necessary to loosen some of the forms and tap them, as some glue residue may be holding them to the hull.