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Nice Canoe 16

I submitted a project back in 2003 to Duckworks.

Here is the 2003 newly constructed picture of the 14 ft Cheap Canoe. Here is the same canoe today in by backyard. Its not even an adequate planter! Ouch!

I decided to build a replacement and chose to build Bateau's Nice Canoe 16. The 14ft Cheap Canoe carried up to 300 lbs but that was about the limit. I'm expecting the Nice Canoe 16 will carry 400 lbs.

I found that large size paper binder clips (1” wide) were perfect for use as clamps, and much cheaper than standard clamps. I used 3/4” wide boards for the rubrails with 1/4” plywood for the sides and bottom.

Here's are some pictures of the project so far. I hope to splash it this weekend.

Here are some more pictures, including the splash...

This is me connecting the bottom to the sides using small tie wraps.
After about half and hour and a backache coming on, I moved the boat onto the sawhorses to finish. The spreaders are temporary.
The stems and bottom to sides are all tie wrapped in place. I’m placing masking tap over the outside seems in preparation for fiberglass taping with epoxy resin the inside seems.
Here is my son, Michael, working with the goop (MAS epoxy resin with wood flour).
3D with all inside seems taped and epoxied.
This was earlier today at Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC. All seems done, the hull has one coat of epoxy resin and one coat of primer. I still need to do final sanding and painting.
It floats and no leaks!
The design calls for breast hooks. I put those in the first canoe that I did, but I didn’t bother doing it with this one. When I stored my first cheap canoe upside down, the birds kept building nests under them. I plan on installing small padeyes on to of the rubrails for tying lines to. Also, I plan to use clamp on rod holders, the type that are marketed for use on aluminum jonboats.
Here’s Michael with a nice trout caught on the 1st cast! We look forward to many more. The canoe is great to fish from.


October 2009
By Stacey Strickland with Help from Michael Strickland



Peterborough canoe launched at the Boat Building Academy


Strip built Peterborough canoe built by Alexander Threipland and Russell Gale at the Boatbuilding Academy, Lyme

Boat Building Academy students Alexander Threipland and Russell Gale built this strip built 16ft Peterborough canoe, and launched it along with their fellow students’ projects back in June.

Alexander and Russell built their canoe in glass-sheathed western red cedar, with wicker seats, a cherry thwart and fore and aft decks with ebony detail. Since leaving the course Alexander has started a business, Wilton Woodworks, with Will Reed, a former student and instructor whose boat was first launched at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show this year. Hopefully we’ll hear more from them in the near future.

My thanks once again to Academy principal Yvonne Green for the photos.




Thanks again Skip, these paddle great!!


So light and easy to launch and paddle.

Here is a link to some images from the launch day. Click Here.

The real payoff came Sunday as my Fiance and I were working on some wedding stuff. About noon she said,"Lets take the boats out for a quick paddle." Within 45 minutes I had the 2 boats launched in a beautiful local lake/park called Saddle Creek in Lakeland, Fl. This is exactly why I built this. I enjoyed the process, but think I will enjoy the product more!!!

I ordered the vinyl lettering by the way, just came in. My Fiance liked being able to pick the font and size. $30 including shipping for 2 sets of the name (Honeypot) but a nice product and a headache saver since I don't have a workshop at our place in Lakeland yet.

There are more pictures here.




Here are a few pics from Bob's 200+ build and launch pictures. Bob Steiner's (builder)Facebook album has them all. This one really came out nice!

Steven Lewis (Designer)

Mary Agnes


Chuck, After almost 2 years and one colon cancer I finally sailed Mary Agnes. Air was light, but she tacked O K.

Thomas Jefferson Whatley, III better known as T.Bone for the last 60 years. Got the nickname while a freshman at Auburn University. Combat Veteran of WW2 from Utah beach to the Elbe river. I have lived in South Florida for 47 years and still not tired of it. In 2004 hurricane Charley blew away my Tribander but that did not make me change my mine, I still love South Florida.

On Toch

Hi Chuck, I have just finished putting together a small site about the Francois Vivier's Seil 18 that I have built and launched recently. It can be found here.

Ain’t she pretty
Now What?
Off we go

“Om Toch” is the name of my latest creation, pictured above. She is built after the Seil 18 design, by Francois Vivier. It’s a sail and oar design, 18’ long, propelled either by oars or a 11m2 lugsail. Details from the designer’s website can be found here and plans at Duckworks here.

I started building “Om Toch” in February 2009 and launched in August 2009. Total build time was about 500 hours. She cost about AU$7000 in materials, including freight and sail, but excluding trailer.

“Om Toch” is a Dutch expression. It literally means ‘because of yet’. It’s the answer my wise Oma would give, when as a little boy I inquired about the ‘why-ness’ of my world. It has connotations of ‘I do this, because I do and I can’. It is also an expression of deep faith, in that sometimes beautiful things are totally unreasonable.


Rien Hofman

Weipa, Queensland, Australia.


It is impressive how many boats Rien has built: click here.

Plans are available at Duckworks: click here.

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