Cana­dian ca­noe

The Shed - - Boatbuilding -

A spe­cial project dear to Max’s heart is the con­struc­tion of a Cana­dian ca­noe. This is his own ca­noe and it’s 6m long. De­spite its length the ca­noe is very light and de­signed to be car­ried by one per­son.

It is made from rot-re­sis­tant west­ern red cedar that Max im­ported from Canada and made by a strip-plank­ing method, con­sist­ing of many thin strips of wood. Each strip is 6mm thick and 12mm wide and bent around a frame.

There is an in­ner and an outer stem and the strips are glued to th­ese us­ing a jig and wedges. The strips are joined with PVA and cov­ered with an epoxy cloth.

There are no ribs and the teak seats and gun­nel con­trib­ute to the struc­tural strength of the hull.

“It’s a very labour-in­ten­sive job, in­volv­ing a hell of a lot of sand­ing,” says Max. “I’ve been work­ing on it for a few years, on and off, and I’ve put maybe 600 hours into it and there’s still a lot of work to go.

“It’s a project [that] I’m do­ing for my­self and couldn’t put a price on it. I’ll get it in the wa­ter even­tu­ally.”

The outer stem of the ca­noe

Max and his six-me­tre Cana­dian ca­noe

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