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    Default Public domain Plans

    This thread is for posting links to public domain plans and the like. These may be full canoe plans or maybe even just parts, like seats, webbing, lea boards etc.

    WARNING: Any intentional posting of copyrighted material will be deleted and may result in a ban. Sorry to sound heavy handed but those who design canoe plans are members of our community and deserve our support.
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    Here are a couple of links to some hull design software
    Hull.exe From Carlson Design - this is for ply hard chine hulls
    or
    Freeship A VERY fully featured program - precursor of DEFTSHIP a commercial program for hull design.

    Designs created with either of these could be shared (or not) as best suits the designer.

    Is there anyone out there who understands the RCD and its implications....

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    Here's a link to a plan for a very simple Pirogue. Free PDF to download but these simple boats can be fun to build.

    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_of...nt/Pirogue.htm

    Matt (the man behind JEM Watercraft) has some free plans:
    Free Pontoon Boat Plans
    Free Touring Canoe plans
    Free Portage Yoke plans
    Free Kayak Plans

    http://jemwatercraft.com/free.php

    The canoe plans look good
    http://jemwatercraft.com/proddetail.php?prod=DKTour

    Matt also has a very good reputation for the plans that he sells and he is happy to work with customers if they ask for changes.
    Cheers,
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    Simplcity Boats is a good site, they do every kind of boat, All Free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougR View Post
    Excellent I was waiting for someone to introduce coracles to the self build section as I have a coracle kit at the in laws garage ready to collect at the weekend!! Come on John it has one paddle?
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    now where did i put that spare sheet of 4mm WBP?
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    Some assorted links
    http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/gsahv/hulls/hulls.htm <<<some design files for Hull.exe

    Sculing trainer - or quick flatwater canoe http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/gsahv/scull1/scull1.htm

    http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/gsahv <<<<Food for thought

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    well i think i've found the canoe for me. the DK Touring Canoe looks quite simple and is quite nice to look at too. need to get the wood now

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    Link to a free 14' canoe plan,

    http://www.bateau2.com/free/cheapcanoe.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by big daddy merc View Post
    well i think i've found the canoe for me. the DK Touring Canoe looks quite simple and is quite nice to look at too. need to get the wood now
    Let us know how you get on

    Thinking of building this myself - just need to cut down the rainforest in the back garden to make some room! Anyone recommend a good machete?

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    heres a link to canoe seats.I used elk rawhide http://www.wcha.org/wcj/wc_v19_n6/rawhide.html

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    Thumbs up rawhide laced seats

    That's a great idea - looks more easy on the old backside than wood of plastic! Will add this to my plans.

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    I was wondering is an 18ft canoe a bit large for a first time builder, also could it be paddled solo?
    I have a vested interest, I'm thinking of building one myself.

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    Hi Wanderinstar,

    How much space have you got to build it in? I don't think a couple of feet extra will add to the difficulty so long as you have space to move all around it. I think that the actual design will affect the difficulty far more than the size.
    Cheers,
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    Hi, just sold my 18 ft canoe.I have built a lot of boats and 18ft is a bit big for a first time build. If you build them my way not stich/epoxy it is easy to bend but it is still a big job.I found with my canoe it took 2 to lift could be paddled solo but hard work.If you are the only 1 in it 12 to 14ft is easy.

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    free canoe plan and build instructions ?

    http://www.sloejd-kbh.dk/tema/skibe/Kano_GB/Canoe.html

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    Free plans on simplcity boats to build a one sheet skiff, dead easy just built one in 5 hours, cost 1 sheet ply10 pounds chines 7 pounds, glue 4pounds. Can sail row or motor, perfect for fishing can stand up in her

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    Epoxymanuk - has put up a notice that "Carene" - hull desgn software is available free from his site http://www.epoxy-resins.co.uk and follow the links from there

    Carene software was developed by Robert Laine. The 2008 version is the latest development of Carene 50 and has been in service for years in both the professional and amateur boating community and is also suitable to design model boats this software is no longer supported by Robert Laine or U K Epoxy Resins but a user manual is provided in the zip file.
    Seems like a fine idea.
    Last edited by DougR; 3rd-December-2007 at 03:08 PM. Reason: Remove non-working link - replace with better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougR View Post
    Epoxymanuk - has put up a notice that "Carene" - hull desgn software is available free from his site http://www.epoxy-resins.co.uk/Carene/caren.htm



    Seems like a fine idea.
    Hi DougR
    direct shrtcut links will not work as the links change you will have to go through the index page, it is set up like this to prevent illegal linking.
    A guy in the USA was charging on ebay for the software that we where giving away, so this way they know they are being ripped off

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    More stuff...
    Here is a page of links to a variety of plans on the web
    http://tdem.net63.net/boat/links/free-plans.html

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    Default boatbuilding student wants practice

    Hi,

    In the july and august 2009 summer breal, I'll be halfway through my 2 year full time city and guilds foundation course in wood and grp boat building.

    I got onto this course because I am a canoist with a wood craft bent, and I'm happy to send pictures of my work so far, like the plane I made, the box, framed joints, oar, paddles, thwarts and what have you.

    What I want is to combine my boat building study with my love of canoes and assist on a canoe building project over the summer. Or possibly paddles (which I have made). Maybe somewhere with nice bit of water outside the shed.

    I'll consider any suggestion on merits. Likely it will be cedar strip epoxy sandwich you are building in, but anything, really, I will consider.

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    JEM Watercraft Plans

    Here is a direct link to the plans posted on their site. They request a e-mail, which gives an automated response with these links:

    Canoe Plans Links:
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePla...lansA03-08.pdf
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePla...lansB03-08.pdf

    Kayak Plans Links:
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePlans/LakerA03-08.pdf
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePlans/LakerB03-08.pdf

    Enjoy

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    Hi All,

    I found this page full of free boat plans from the 50's and 60's. Though dated they typically use glass and resin hull reinforcement (had to be heated to cure back then). There are canoe and kayak plans there if you scroll down. One of the most interesting is the "redwood canoe" , a cedar strip plan. Have a look:

    http://www.svensons.com/boat/


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    Great thread here. Can I just ask.

    How hard would it be for an inexpirienced woodworker (i.e. No carpentry skills whatsoever) to build one of the Jemwatercraft freebies. Space wouldn't be a problem, the only thing I can think of that would be a problem would be my inexpirience.

    Has any of you guys built one?

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    The Danish site jamie7 , how do you navigate round it ,not being fluent in the lingo , is there something i'm missing

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    Garydog,
    Put it into Google Translate, not perfect but lets you get around site.
    At the moment the plans that include the canoe are not on the site due to the site being upgradede a few months ago. Someone posted that they would be putting back the plans this month. From what I read on the site it might be the end of August before this happens.

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    Cheers for that , jokipea

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    Default Some more useful sites

    http://www.unclejohns.com/boat/default.htm A schematic of fitting together a pirogue

    http://www.common-sense-boats.com Good pictures and description of a sailing pirogue

    http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/pla...ex/pirogue.cfm A whole range of boats,plans and bloggs. some links have disappeared,but many still there

    http://www.instantboats.com a great site with many of Phil Bolgers designs


    For sails,google making polytarp sails and a plethora ofgood info appears
    Last edited by andre; 25th-September-2009 at 04:05 PM. Reason: addres spacing

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    Here is the link to Nessmuking site and free plans for a very beautiful strip plank canoe

    http://www.nessmuking.com/articles/f...n-river-canoe/

    Brian

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    Default Free strpper plans from NorthWest Canoes

    Dennis the owner worked for Bell for many years. One of the free designs is called the Merlin

    http://www.shop.northwestcanoe.com/c...?categoryId=22



    Brian

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    Some plans - canoe and kayak.
    http://www.nessmuking.com/category/a...d-canoe-plans/

    And lots more hints-n-tips.

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    Very elegant "One Sheet" boat - rather like Rushton's Wee Lassie in concept and size.
    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...ne-sheet-canoe

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    Question All Dutch to me !

    Quote Originally Posted by kev4 View Post
    free canoe plan and build instructions ?

    http://www.sloejd-kbh.dk/tema/skibe/Kano_GB/Canoe.html
    Hi ,
    I tried this link ,
    I couldn,t find a canoe there ?,
    I,m not entirely sure what language it,s in ,
    Is it Dutch or Swedish ?
    Is there an English translation ?
    Thanks Noel

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    Default Two free S&G plywood plans

    When there is no chance to make money designing canoes and yet there is need to do that, I decided to let these plans for free. If you build one, send a message and tell me pros and cons.

    Kymi River 15' 9" (4.80 m) is a modern (asymmetric) canoe you can build from only two sheets of 4 mm marine plywood 1.22 x 2.44 m. Building technique is stich & glue with epoxy and glass.

    http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzBO...thkey=COKC16EF

    Swansea is a big symmetric canoe (6.0 m, 19' 8") for a family or a group of four.

    http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzBO...thkey=CMHy7MMG

    Happy building
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    Quote Originally Posted by terhohalme View Post
    When there is no chance to make money designing canoes and yet there is need to do that, I decided to let these plans for free. If you build one, send a message and tell me pros and cons.

    Kymi River 15' 9" (4.80 m) is a modern (asymmetric) canoe you can build from only two sheets of 4 mm marine plywood 1.22 x 2.44 m. Building technique is stich & glue with epoxy and glass.

    http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzBO...thkey=COKC16EF

    Swansea is a big symmetric canoe (6.0 m, 19' 8") for a family or a group of four.

    http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzBO...thkey=CMHy7MMG

    Happy building
    Terho
    Sorry Terho but your links to the pdf files do not work, you get error:
    Sorry, the page (or document) you have requested is not available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus A Duxass View Post
    Sorry Terho but your links to the pdf files do not work, you get error:
    Sorry, the page (or document) you have requested is not available.
    Have to solve the problem... GoogleDocs seems to be too smart for me

    The Links should work now!
    Last edited by terhohalme; 17th-August-2010 at 04:32 PM. Reason: solved
    Only shared knowledge can grow.

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    Default One more free S&G plywood plans

    This is a solo canoe Kymi River Solo 16:

    http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzBO...MTRmMDlm&hl=en

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    They work now.
    Thanks
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    those Kymi plans look nice, have you built one before from these, or are they un-tested?

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    These free plans are not tested yet. However, I teach boat design in uni and I'm bretty sure they work well. My Kymi 16' (symmetric, in gallery of home made canoes) wasn't also tested until few weeks ago. Kymi 15'9" and solo 16' are asymmetric canoes and designed by the principles of John Winters (The Shape of Canoe). Solo 16' is for experienced paddler, Kymi 15'9" for beginners too. Their prismatic is quite low and they are mainly for easy paddling and touring.

    Canoes are designed and the planks are lofted by Rhino software and they should fit accurate. In "Swansea" plans there is a short buiding guide, which can be applied for the other canoes as well.

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    Smile

    thanks Terho for pointing out the building guide in the swansea plans. I showed the printed plans to my Dad, who is a retired carpenter, and will be assisting me with the build (taking over I hope! ), he was worried about drawing out the lines accurately and that some looked to be not symmetrical, which you have highlighted in your last post. The build guide may reassure him.

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    http://www.northwestcanoe.com/canoes.html <<<< NorthWest Canoes some interesting stuff.

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    Default 18ft canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by wanderinstar View Post
    I was wondering is an 18ft canoe a bit large for a first time builder, also could it be paddled solo?
    I have a vested interest, I'm thinking of building one myself.
    Mines 17ft,no problems paddling alone.At least it will have a faster hull speed lol.Only problem i see is the weight,My pirogue weighs 50Kg's.(more than a bag of cement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
    JEM Watercraft Plans

    Here is a direct link to the plans posted on their site. They request a e-mail, which gives an automated response with these links:

    Canoe Plans Links:
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePla...lansA03-08.pdf
    http://www.jemwatercraft.com/FreePla...lansB03-08.pdf

    Enjoy


    Is there parts missing out of these plans because theres no measurements or even measurements for the frames.

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    Default Kymi River 15-9

    Has anyone completed Terho's asymmetric design yet. I like his method of giving the plank dimensions as effectively x-y co-ordinates, it is so much better than full size plans.

    Geoff

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    A plethora of plans can be accessed from this site :

    http://boatbuilding.eigenstart.nl/

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    Sea Kayak links
    1 - Kayarchy
    2 - Roll Or Drown

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    Quote Originally Posted by terhohalme View Post
    When there is no chance to make money designing canoes and yet there is need to do that, I decided to let these plans for free. If you build one, send a message and tell me pros and cons.

    Kymi River 15' 9" (4.80 m) is a modern (asymmetric) canoe you can build from only two sheets of 4 mm marine plywood 1.22 x 2.44 m. Building technique is stich & glue with epoxy and glass.

    link

    Swansea is a big symmetric canoe (6.0 m, 19' 8") for a family or a group of four.

    link

    Happy building
    Terho
    Hello Terho,

    the links are out of order I'd like to have a look at your design. Have you moved the plans or ???
    Greets & thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by celloist View Post
    Hello Terho,

    the links are out of order I'd like to have a look at your design. Have you moved the plans or ???
    Greets & thank you
    Cello
    You can find plans at http://www.woodenboat.com/boat-plans-kits/kymi-river-16

    greetings
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    Thank you!!!

    Cello

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    I am considering building the Kymi River 15-9. The plans do not show seat locations. Being assymetric, is it considered a solo or can two use it? I may have to fall back to the DK15. I have two sheets of plywood in the garage that need to be used.

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    Goldmine - United Nations F.A.O. plans for coastal fishing boats - some sailing outriggers.

    http://www.spc.int/coastfish/en/publ...oat-plans.html

    http://www.spc.int/DigitalLibrary/Do...lans/KIR-7.pdf << minimalist 4.7 metre singlehander

    N.B. He doesn't say so but the rig on the KIR7 is a shunting proa - but he does detail the tricky two axis bend in the keel.....
    Last edited by DougR; 12th-September-2012 at 07:53 AM.

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    Default Lazy Weekend Canoe

    Another of Andrew Linn's designs. This is a fast to build easy canoe.Ideal for getting on the water quickly and cheaply .


    http://www.andrewlinn.com/plans/lazyweekender/index.htm

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    Flo-Mo has come up with a very pretty one-sheet 12ft canoe. He's got a bigger two-sheet version as well.
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D...-2-3%2520a.jpg
    &
    http://flo-mo.weebly.com/


    Simon

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    Default Guillemot Kayaks - Jupiter Point series

    I've just got going on an Io kids kayak, free plans from Nick Schade for both the Io and it's full-sized version, the Ganymede.

    Plans are here: http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guil...ans_kids_kayak

    And he's written an Instructables guide here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Plywood-Kayak/

    The Io is rather neat as all the parts come out of a single sheet of 8x4 ply and here's it all stitched together ready to be tacked (the bear is just making sure the rear deck stays curved):


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    Here's another one, rather more sophisticated in form but with only a table of offsets available as opposed to a drawn plan. It was in a link from the Instructables article above - it's called the Cormorant 16 or C-16 from Squeedunk Kayaks



    The table of offsets: http://classic-web.archive.org/web/2...k.com/c-16.htm

    And the Instructables article: http://www.instructables.com/id/Stitch-and-Glue-Kayak/

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