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12-04-2000, 02:47 PM
I am looking for user friendly canoe plans - books. Would like to get a few varities for review, possibly one with a square stern.
Thank you.

12-04-2000, 04:55 PM
Minnesota Canoe Association: http://www.canoe-kayak.org/

I don't know if they have a double-ender in the group, though.

12-04-2000, 05:53 PM
A square stern on a 20' canoe on Jerry Stelmok's web site;

His books are available at the WB store.

Also look at:

htom --- Thanks for the link to MCA

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Todd Bradshaw
12-05-2000, 12:28 AM
The easiest way to build your own canoe is to use the wood-strip/fiberglass technique. WoodenBoat sells several books that explain the method and some have plans included. Ted Moores' "Canoecraft" and David Hazen's "Stripper's Guide to Canoe Building" are both very good.

Most of the square-sterns are big freight canoes. If you plan on paddling the boat much, a double-ender is a more efficient hull. A medium-sized trolling motor, or a very small outboard (2H.P. or less) can be mounted on a side-mount bracket on a regular canoe and will push it along very well. It's also easier to reach the motor than it would be on a boat with a transom and the motor behind you.

If you really want a square stern, it would be fairly simple to modify the aft half of a plan for a double ender. It can usually be done by omiting the aft stem form, building the last cross-section form out of mahogany (forming the transom) and mounting it where the back end of the boat is supposed to be. The other aft cross-section forms are then spaced-out and the shape checked with a batten before actually starting the stripping process. Spacing-out the stern forms like this helps give the stern more volume, to support the weight and thrust of the motor.

12-20-2000, 11:43 AM
Gil Gilpatrick's book has plans for a twenty foot square transom freighter. Also a twenty foot EM White doublended canoe.

12-30-2000, 01:42 PM
There are viking canoe plans from a guy in Sweden: http://www.lp.se/gerrie-warner/canoe.htm
Only big enough for two smaller adults but the genuine article. You might need big fresh oak trees though!
Regards, Jonathan