View Full Version : Ranger 15 Canoe named Sweetness Dream

02-27-2014, 07:36 PM
I've neglected to post pictures of my finished canoe here; it was finished a while back and we're been enjoying her very much.


She was built using the Ranger 15 plans from Bear Mountain Boats and the book Canoecraft. It took over a year to build and I've hundreds of hours into the project.

The shell of the canoe is mostly built from Western Red Cedar obtained from Lowes. The football (center bottom section of the hull) is pine to provide a contrasting pattern. Mahogany was used for the decks and plugs.

The feature strip is made from Mahogany, Spruce and Walnut (diamonds). You'll notice I used the sapwood in the walnut to give an arrow effect.

The mahogany for the decks is quarter sawn and shows different colors depending on the angle you're looking at it.

02-27-2014, 07:37 PM
The gunwales, seats and carrying yolk are made of ash.


The inner gunwale is scuppered (slots cut to let water out when you're done for the day).

A painters hole was turned out of mahogany and provides a place to tie down the canoe.

A closeup of the feature strip. You can see the arrow effect on the diamonds from the sapwood in the walnut.

02-27-2014, 07:38 PM
The bulkhead detail (forward and aft) using Beckson deckplates

Loaded up and ready to go on it's maiden voyage.

And here is the proud owner. We paddled it about 5 miles on it's maiden voyage.

You can see more pictures here (http://s87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/)

trent hink
02-27-2014, 08:24 PM
Very nicely done. I am curious how much it weighs.

02-27-2014, 08:40 PM
She weights just under 45 pounds.

Rich Jones
02-27-2014, 09:21 PM
You've done a beautiful job! Hope you have many happy years of paddling.

Now, the question that is asked of every Forum member when they launch a new boat: What boat are you going to build next?:)

02-27-2014, 09:27 PM
Sorry but there's not another boat in the foreseeable future. Just as I was finishing this boat I developed Kienbocks disease in my right wrist; it's improved since the surgery but I don't want to mess it up again. There's a lot of scraping and sanding in building one of these.

02-27-2014, 09:29 PM
Very nice! I like the extra details, especially that painter's eye and the diamonds.

02-27-2014, 11:22 PM
Looks beautiful. Congratulations. Did you have to do a ton of scarfing to achieve the strips? I can't find much in the way of clear lumber at the box stores.

02-28-2014, 09:33 AM
All the strips have one or more scarfs in them as I could only 8 to 10ft boards. I found the 4" wide boards having the fewest knots and best gain patterns. Some strips have quite a few because of knots. I spend 3 entire days scarfing strips.

02-28-2014, 11:48 AM
I've been thinking of a similar project and sourcing planking material is always the biggest hurdle. Clear fir and SYP can be had, but for a boat like a canoe, the extra weight of the pine is a real consideration.

Tom Robb
02-28-2014, 12:05 PM
I'm sorry to see that she may be your last and only boat. At least she's a really nice one.