Has anyone on here built one? If so I'd love to see what you did to steal a few ideas.
I started to get the itch to get a canoe or kayak at the beginning of this season. After looking around at a lot of great boats, I decided to spend a few days over Christmas putting together something a little different. Yeah, I get it. Right in the middle of duck season is the exact wrong time to be building a boat, but it's the only time that I would have a few days off as well as a few extra helping hands.
I'm specifically building an Uncle John's Pirogue http://www.unclejohns.com/boat/default.htm.
It's been a blast to build and quick to put together, but don't kid yourself with the "6 Hour Canoe" tagline on the website...Day 0 - Supplies and Dimensions
Uncle John recommends building a boat between 12' and 15.5' using his "plans", which are really a set of general guidelines. I'm going with 14'8", but with a couple modifications:
1. 4 ribs. Using 4 ribs instead of the standard 3 the UJ plans call for will increase the average width slightly
2. Lengthen ribs. I decided to increase the width by 2" for the largest ribs, and a little under 1.5" for the smaller ribs to give myself a little more weight-carrying capacity
Hull- 1/4" Luan plywood from home depot
Rub rails- 3/4"x1 1/4" pine furring strips
I settled on cypress for the ribs and bow/stern stems to stick with tradition. New-growth cypress isn't nearly the wood old-growth cypress is, but it's the best I could find.
All of my epoxy and fiberglass was ordered through Raka.com. These guys are great and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to small boat building. Not to mention their epoxy is reasonably-priced and of great quality.
Pictures and more to follow!