In the 1940s and 1950s, Walter McInnis was
known as one of United States' leading designers of large
power craft. Also an avid fly fisherman, McInnis desired
a small row boat to explore streams and other shallows that
power boats could not get to. He designed the "voyageur's
bateau" as a hunting and fishing row boat as a replacement
to the standard canvas canoe.
The hull was to be light enough to cartop by still large
enough to be stable for fly fishing and provide the capacity
to haul out deer and other game.
We modeled our McInnis Bateau to stay as to true to McInnis'
original design as possible while making the most economical
use of modern materials.
The design features a symmetrical hull shape
which means the boat is the same front and back. This makes
drawing and cutting out the panels easier and also offers
predictable performance on the water should you need to
The double-pointed-end, canoe-like, design
will allow quiet and efficient movement through the water.
Rocker is minimal on both ends making this row boat more
suitable for lakes and streams rather than large, open water.
There are 2 rowing positions to accommodate
for solo rowing and also taking passengers along. Tandem
rowing would be difficult with this design.
The hull is assembled using the stitch-and-glue
method of building. This method is very user friendly. While
the design is easy enough for a careful first time builder,
we recommend considering a simpler project like a pirogue
or boat-shelves first.
|Height at bow/mid/stern
|Recommended maximum weight
*Weight of hull: Hull weight
will depend on chosen build options, quality of materials
used and skill of the builder.
Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!
Cost to build start at about $350-$400 and goes up depending
on the materials selected.
hull will required about 65-85 hours to complete. These
times are rough estimates and will vary according to the
skill of the builder. Please note these are "hands on"
hours and do not include the time waiting for epoxy to
to follow, detailed drawings of each part with all
dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood
Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with
all panels clearly labeled.
and highly detailed building manual for this boat.
42 pages in all!