Building the Lapstrake Canoe - Plans and instructions

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Format: Digital
Sale price$30.00


Available as Digital Download only.


Building the Lapstrake Canoe.

by Simon Watts

Length: 16', Beam: 34"
Weight: 110 lbs.

Construction: Lapstrake, copper riveted
Skill level:  Intermediate

Level of Detail: Above average
No Lofting required


Sized for two adults plus gear. You'll get two sheets of plans, 32 pages of instructions. These come only as a digital download, in PDF format.

Materials: Spruce planking, steam-bent white ash frames and trim, laminated ash spreaders (removable for car-topping). Copper fastened.

This canoe is a versatile, elegant little boat--well suited to sheltered waters although we have tried one out on the open sea. The three laminated ash spreaders are attached with wing nuts so are easily removed for car topping or when camping. This is not a white water craft and should be stored ashore, under cover, so it doesn't get water-logged and heavy.

A personal preference, when paddling a canoe solo, is to bring along a 20-30 pound weight, something expendable like a canvas bag filled with sand or gravel, as moveable ballast. When paddling into a head wind it helps to move the ballast forward thus lowering the bow and reducing windage.


If ordering Digital plan sets: These files are in PDF format.  Some designs will have just a single page needed to be printed on large paper... typically if they had full-sized mold patterns. Other pages could be printed on letter or tabloid size paper, if you want to save printing costs. You'll see a measurement on pages that have full-sized drawings, so your local print shop will just need to print to that size.


These are PDFs, not printed items. Here's how digital downloads work:

“Your downloads are ready” will be the subject line of an email you’ll receive from us—once we’ve processed your digital order. That email has the link to click, so you can then download the file.

This isn't an "instant" process, so if we're asleep, you may need to wait for regular business hours for us to process the order. Although we are quite timely, we may not be processing on weekends & holidays. 



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