Open Canoes 15' to 17'
OPEN CANOES UP TO 15'
DESIGNS & PLANS
(Last up-dated 15/02/18)
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We have 10 designs, some with sail, spar, rudder and daggerboard details - although all could take a sail plan :-
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The full canoe catalogue is now on CD in PDF format - this version of the catalogue is packed with colour photographs of our canoe designs (more than on our web pages). The catalogue also has a guide to choosing an open canoe and useful FAQ's pages.
The CD also contains a copy of our On-Line Manual which uses 65 colour photographs showing one of our Hazelnut open canoes being built in detail, a copy of a past article on building the Christine Open Trekking Canoe plus an easily printable order form and contact details.
Please note that this CD is sent free with each canoe plan and does not need to be ordered separately if ordering a canoe plan from this web site. However, if you do want to order the CD only, go to the (Please note that the cost of the CD is not refundable if you order canoe plans later).
Also go to the Catalogues & Manuals page to see details of our new Plywood Canoe Construction Manual which includes details of sail rigs, floats, outboard brackets, seat backs, sponsons, making the canoe in 2 halves etc.
The WREN is typical Canadian canoe built using the stitch and tape ply method. Her design was based upon an original Indian bark canoe and simplified for ply construction but without loosing the essence of her beautiful shape. She is very quick and simple to build (taking around 18 hours) and she has a length of 15’10’’ (4.83m); and a beam of 33’’ (0.84m). 4, 5 or 6mm ply can be used giving an average weight of 45 lbs.Right an example by Stuart Blakemore Below an example by Ian Thompson. The example right is by Richard Nissen and Tappan Adney
The 3 pictures below are of an example by Raphael Davidge.
Right and below, a beautiful example by Michael Hamon - the seats and decking are particularly attractive.
Right an example by Ken Long.
Below, an example by Dan Wilson.
Wren ParticularsLOA 15'10" 4.83m Beam 33" 0.84m Hull Mid Depth 12 1/2" 0.32m Approx. Dry Weight 45lbs 20kg Approx. Capacity 750lbs 340kg
Hull ShapeNarrow flat bottom plank plus 2 planks per side Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose with 2 adults Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets
15'10" WREN FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
15'7" Adrian Cabedo (see the Wren) came back to us for a second design. He wanted a slightly more sophisticated design, still of the Canadian type, for long distance portaging and camping in Spain. Basing the new design on the Wren, we increased her beam to 36" and by using 4 planks per side were able to give her section some tumblehome. This has two effects - with the beam at the gunwale less than the beam lower down the hull paddling is easier and with the increased waterline beam, she is a very stable design. A bulkhead is incorporated with some decking at both ends giving buoyancy or stowage space and she uses the stitch and tape method of construction. 3 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm ply are used and the weight is around 50 lbs with 5mm ply.
The above example is by Chris Newing of West Wales and below is an example by Paul Tysoe.
The example below is by Paul Bullock.Below left is a 15'7" Raven and 14' Raven and right the 15'7" Raven built by Mike Ricks.
15'7" Raven ParticularsLOA 15'7" 4.75m Beam 36" 0.92m Hull Mid Depth 12 1/2" 0.32m Approx. Dry Weight 50lbs 22.7kg Approx. Capacity 775lbs 351kg
Hull ShapeNarrow flat bottom plank plus 3 planks per side with tumblehome in the topsides Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
15'7" RAVEN FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
15'7" BOROUGH The name ‘Peterborough’ was often used to describe any open Canadian type canoe but more especially those with a lightly rockered hull which had a moderate beam and some tumblehome. Our example has relatively narrow waterlines fore and aft to make her quick to paddle and a stable shallow veed bottom amidships with tumblehome to make her stable with a narrow beam. We have given her 5 planks per side in order to produce a well rounded and attractive hull shape which is not difficult to build using stitch and tape techniques. She will be excellent for lake and river paddling. She has a length of 15’7’’ (4.76m), beam of 32 1/2’’ (.826m) and a midships depth of 12 1/2’’ (.317m). She uses 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Exterior or Marine plywood and weighs approximately 60 lbs when made with 4mm ply.
Below an example by Bob HigginsBelow, an example built by Simon Harwood at Churchouse Boats. Below an example by Peter Crawford and used on a long trip. Below - "After a relaxing year's building (plenty of drinking coffee in the garage and waiting for epoxy/varnish to cure!) I finally completed my selway fisher Peterborough canoe just in time for Katharine and my wedding last Thursday, the 30th of July 2015. Weather conditions held and we canoed from the pier where the ceremony was held for a short distance to shore where our marquee was set up. We practiced all week in the run up and my new bride got neither wet or muddy so all successful there! Thank you so much for the fantastic plans, book and bags of advice I got when I phoned doubting the strength of epoxy welding prior to stitch removal! We love our boat (named "yearling") and look forward to many blissful family trips here in Northern Ireland" - Mark and Katharine Teggarty.
15'7" Peterborough ParticularsLOA 15'7" 4.75m Beam 32 1/2" 0.83m Hull Mid Depth 12 1/2" 0.32m Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27kg Approx. Capacity 700lbs 317kg
Hull ShapeMulti-chine with 5 planks per side and tumblehome Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose - 2 adults and child Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
15'7" PETERBOROUGH FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
15'8" FISHER ECTOR This is the Selway Fisher version of an old favourite - the Prospector type open canoe. The original Prospectors were originally designed in Canada and known as the "workhorse of the North". They had to have a good carrying capacity for all of the Prospector's gear and they had to work well through white water and wilderness. The bow and stern are relatively full and she has good freeboard amidships to keep her crew dry. The well rockered keel line makes her highly maneuverable and the tumblehome in her topsides makes her both stable and easy to paddle. She is constructed using simple stitch and tape techniques and she has 5 planks per side giving her a well rounded and graceful appearance. LOA 15'8" (4.76m); Beam 2'11" (0.88m); Depth amidships 14.5" (0.36m); approx. weight 65 lbs. (30 kg).
The example (left) is by Mike Cambray.
To see Adam Plourde's Prospector go to Note - drawings are now available for a strip planked version of our most popular canoe design - the Fisher Prospector -and the plank shapes for a 17' version are also available.Right is a shortened example by Anders Eliasson This example is by Derek Blanshard. Right a beautiful example by Janet Reynolds and Pete Fairbairn. Go to for some pictures and video of Steve Cullis' Prospector with floats, sail and cuddy.
The example below is by Steve Cullis.Right, is an example by Mark Aplin who runs canoe building courses based on the Fisher Prospector and other courses including Coracle building, paddle making and sea kayak building. Overwater Boats Go to for further details of the courses and the other services that Mark offers which include canoe, kayak and small boat building, repair and refurbishment. Overwater Boats will run building courses based on some of our other designs too.
Below is an example by David Kwant in New Zealand. Right, an example by Steve Morrisey. Left, a nice example by Nicola Paggiaro.
Fisher Prospector ParticularsLOA 15'8" 4.76m Beam 35" 0.88m Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.36m Approx. Dry Weight 65lbs 30kg Approx. Capacity 825lbs 374kg
Hull ShapeMulti-chine with 5 planks per side and tumblehome Construction Method Stitch and tape - moulds also given for clinker ply Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children - often used with gunter mainsail and jib Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 9 A4 instruction sheets
15'8" FISHER PROSPECTOR FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
16' PETE is a lovely 4 planked canoe (4 per side) on similar lines to our Little Kate design for stitch and tape or stitch and epoxy construction. She has classic lines and uses just 3 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm ply and depending on how she is fitted out she will weigh approximately 65 lbs. The drawings show an optional gunter sail plan with details of the leeboard and rudder. Length 15’6’’ (4.7m); Beam 36’’ (0.92m); Depth amidships 13’’ (0.33m). The example left is by Martin Padbury. ...and sailing with a rig similar to the Prospector rig. Left is an example by Joe Rutland winning the Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge at the 2012 Beal Park Show - photo by Kathy Mansfield for the Watercraft Magazine.
Pete ParticularsLOA 15'6" 4.70m Beam 36" 0.92m Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27kg Approx. Capacity 750lbs 340kg
Hull ShapeMulti-chine with 4 planks per side Construction Method Stitch and tape - moulds also given for clinker ply Plywood Requirements 3 - 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose with 2 adults plus gear - also sailing Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction sheets
15'6" PETE FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
WATERMAN 16 The Waterman canoes are more than simple open Canadian type canoes; they are a complete canoeing experience - from simply being a family open day canoe to a camping/sailing/portaging craft capable of being used to explore normally impenetrable rivers and creeks. The Waterman 16 canoe, like it's smaller sister is really a Guide Boat and has a beam of 38’’ and a central hull depth of 13’’. Being wider than the typical Canadian canoe, she is a very roomy stable craft with the capability to carry a good sail area and to be used to carry a lot of baggage or to fish from. The hull design has 3 chines allowing a wide bodied design for stability whilst at the same time having a low water surface area. This boat will take 3 or 4 adults. The plans show a simple sailing rig with removable leeboards. If a simple ridge tent is slung over the gunwales one person can sleep comfortably on the bottom of the hull. Additionally, the hull could be made in 2 halves for easy transport or for construction in a really confined space. Buoyancy can be built-in at each end if required. Construction is simple stitch and tape using 4 sheets of 5 or 6mm ply and around 30 hours will see the canoe ready for painting. Weight is approximately 75 lbs. when using 5/6mm ply. Left is a version of the Waterman 16 built by Charles Pecats in Australia which was featured in the Australiam Amateur Boatbuilder recently and which Charles uses in the outback for fishing. A nice example by Scott Herrick Right is an example by Renier Bramley which has an outboard well for an electric outboard plus saddle type seat and stowage.
Above a Waterman 16 built in 2 halves and bolted together Nick Hart.
Below an example by Graham Weston.
Waterman 16 ParticularsLOA 15'8" 4.83m Beam 38" 0.97m Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m Approx. Dry Weight 70lbs 31.75kg Approx. Capacity 950lbs 431kg
Hull ShapeNarrow flat bottom with 3 planks per side Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose - high stability/capacity and sailing Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets
WATERMAN 16 FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)12'/16'
The example on the right has been fitted out for sculling.
The Ranger is a simple multi-purpose canoe design for first time or young builders who want a quick, simple and low cost boat to get them onto inland waterways. Although a single chine design she still has graceful lines and she can be built both in 12' and 16' versions either as a simple open canoe or as a decked kayak with built-in buoyancy and stowage spaces. Beam in both versions is 32" (0.8m) and 2 sheets of 4 or 6mm Exterior ply are required for the construction. The plans also give details of floats and other versions (see the table below).
Note - the float details (as seen on the photos of Steve Cullis' Prospector) can be purchased separately for use on other designs for £10 incl. P&P and are also given in the Plywood Canoe Construction Manual.
The example right is a 12' Ranger.
Ranger ParticularsLOA 12'/15'10" 3.66/4.83m Beam 32" 0.8m Hull Mid Depth 10 1/2" 0.27m Approx. Dry Weight 30/40lbs 13.6/18kg Approx. Capacity 370/550lbs 168/249kg
Hull ShapeFlat bottom single chine Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 2 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use Single use as a kayak or open canoe Drawing/Design Package 10 x A4 drawings and instruction sheets for basic 12/16' model plus a further 10 sheets for floats and other versions incl. an 8', a 17' (V bottom) and a 24' version.
12'/16' RANGER FULL PLANS COST 12'/16' RANGER FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 30 Euros/ USD)15'7" ASYMMETRIC RACING The Carrick open canoe was designed for Tyrone Boats specifically for sail racing. She is certainly fast but is also very handy when paddled. She has 5 planks per side giving her a nicely rounded shape with a wide waterline beam for plenty of stability. Construction is stitch and tape and she will take any of the sail plans from our other canoe designs. Plans consist of the hull panel shapes, construction details and a sailplan that the builder may choose from any of our other designs. LOD 15'7" (4.75m); Beam 37" (0.94m); Depth 12" (.305m); Approx. wht in 4mm ply 45 lbs (20.4 kg).
Carrick ParticularsLOA 15'7" 4.75m Beam 37" 0.94m Hull Mid Depth 12 3/4" 0.32m Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27kg Approx. Capacity 750lbs 340kg
Hull ShapeMulti-chine with 5 planks per side Construction Method Stitch and tape - moulds also given for strip planking Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Guidance Use 2 adults or single sailing Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 14 x A4 instruction and sail plan/daggerboard/rudder detail sheets - single Bermudan and lug yawl rigs given
15'7" CARRICK FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)15'6" CANOE/SKIFF The BEAVER is an ultra modern open canoe skiff using the latest methods of construction to make building time as short as possible. She has the same shape at both ends and each half of the boat is made in one piece of ply with simple darts cut into it at the chines. This means that the sides actually blend into the bottom as one unit at the fore and aft ends. Each half of the boat is stitched together along the fore/aft part of the centre seam and the part of the chine towards the centre of the canoe. The shape produced has a gentle curve to the bottom at the middle of the boat which runs into a ‘U’ shape as it goes towards the bow/stern. The single chine at the middle of the hull eventually disappears towards the ends with the bottom blending into the topsides in one continuous curve.
This makes an easy riding shape with plenty of stability but low wetted surface area. Marking out, cutting, stitching together, taping the seams and fitting out takes only 35 hours and the canoe uses just 3 sheets of 4mm Exterior grade ply plus some Pine or Douglas Fir for the gunwales. She can be made in 2 halves and bolted together or in 1 piece and the length can be reduced easily by a couple of feet to meet your individual needs. Being able to build her in 2 halves means that your building space can be very small although you must still check that you can get the 2 halves out of the door and up the passage - one client didn’t whilst building in his lounge and ended up having to make major surgical alterations to our design leaving him with 2 very useful motor skiffs but not the canoe that he had wanted !
As drawn she is 15’6’’ (4.7m) long with a beam of 37’’ (0.94m) and a depth amidships of 13’’ (0,33m) and a very light weight of 60 lbs. The drawings come with details of a simple gunter sail plan and yoked rudder with detachable leeboards. Right is an example by Marcello Ferrero using a lateen rig from one of our other canoe designs plus some floats.
Beaver ParticularsLOA 15'6" 4.7m Beam 37" 0.94m Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27kg Approx. Capacity 950lbs 431kg
Hull ShapeU bottom single chine Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4mm Guidance Use Load carrying and sailing Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 9 A4 instruction sheets with details of single gunter, single lug and lug yawl rigs, dagger board and rudder.
15'6" BEAVER FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)RACING CANOE This open canoe has been designed as a simple low cost solution to taking part competitively in the Devizes Westminster race. The hull has an asymmetric shape with a narrow entrance angle to the forward waterlines and with additional buoyancy aft. he hull has a ‘V’ bottom and two chines per side. Construction is stitch and tape. She has buoyancy chambers fore and aft and carrying handles for portaging and her overall weight is going to be around 80 lbs. She uses between 5 and 6 sheets of 5 or 6mm Exterior or Marine plywood.
DW6 ParticularsLOA 19'10" 6.07m Beam 35" 0.89m Hull Mid Depth 12 1/4" 0.31m Approx. Dry Weight 80lbs 36.28kg Approx. Capacity 900lbs 408kg
Hull ShapeV - bottom with 2 planks per side Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 5 - 6 sheets of 4mm Guidance Use Double racing or fast cruising Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
DW6 BEAVER FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
NEW 16 This canoe is an interesting development of our Fisher Prospector canoe for clients who want to turn up to the local open canoe meet in threatening manner ready to do a bit of pillaging etc!
As far as I know, the Vikings did not have small canoe like boats and so, unlike the original longboats, which had fairly slack bilges, she has the typical high stability Prospector mid section with tumblehome in the topsides and 6 planks per side.This example is by Gordon Taylor who asked me to design her - "Can't believe how smooth she is through the water and a real dream to paddle even solo."
Viking 16 ParticularsLOA 15'6" 4.73m Beam 35" 0.89m Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.37m Approx. Dry Weight 70lbs 32kg Approx. Capacity 800lbs 363kg
Hull ShapeMulti-chine with 6 planks per side and tumblehome Construction Method Stitch and tape Plywood Requirements 5 - 6 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 11 x A4 instruction sheets
VIKING 16 FULL PLANS COST
(Approx. 60 Euros/ USD)
SEPARATE FLOAT, SAIL & LEEBOARD PLANS COSTBelow are photographs of the Ranger floats used on a 15'8" Fisher Prospector by Steve Cullis.
Note- we can supply the plans for the Waterman 12 float, rudder and leeboard details plus the plans for the Ranger canoe at a cost of £15 (UK/EU); £12 US/Elsewhere
(P&P - UK £2; EU £4: US/Elsewhere £5)
(Approx. 18 Euros/ USD)
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