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.
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.
bottom single chine
sheets of 4mm
carrying and sailing
x A1 drawings + 9 A4 instruction sheets with details of single
gunter, single lug and lug yawl rigs, dagger board and rudder.