Above is an example by Renier Bramley which has an outboard
well for an electric outboard plus saddle type seat and stowage.
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.
Above is a version of the Waterman 16 built by Charles Pecats in
Australia which was featured in the Australian Amateur Boatbuilder
recently and which Charles uses in the outback for fishing.
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.
A nice example by Scott Herrick
Below is an example of a Waterman 16 built in 2 halves and bolted together in the middle, by Nick Hart.
Below is an example by Graham Weston.
NOTE - go to www.thespiritofherefordshire.net where you will find another Waterman 16 being built and then fitted out for coastal use around the UK.
Below is another example by Marcus Baw.
Below, an example by Jake Richards with a rig and leeboards gleaned from a book on canoe rigs.
flat bottom with 3 planks per side
sheets of 4,5 or 6mm
purpose - high stability/capacity and sailing
x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets