Usually I present new boats here as fait accompli, but this time I'm going to have a dedicated building thread as I go along during the actual construction.
Chautauqua is a project that's been on my mind for a few years, but just now am getting around to. She's going to be a decked sailing canoe in the old style, similar to any number of sailing canoes from the late 1800's. Of course, mine will be a little different in that she'll be skin-on-frame.
A few details for now, more to come:
This iteration will be yawl rigged, with old school standing lugsails - but I'll probably make at least one other style rig for her, just for fun.
15' and a few inches long, 37" beam (4.7m x 94cm). I'm hoping she'll weigh less than 50lbs (23kg).
I mean for there to be two different versions - one dedicated to fun sailing (sit on), and one more appropriate for less mobile folks and/or camp cruising (sit in). The canoe I'm building now will be the former.
And away we go:
Step one is research. Blah blah lots of books, internet, etc. If you want to do some, too, these are my favorite two books on the subject.
Todd, of course, is a very helpful contributor to this forum, and his book is a must have. The Stephens book is an invaluable resource, as well, and is actually available online, here: http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/stephens/index.html
Next comes the drafting, then lofting the frames and such. Then the fun begins with a pile of lumber, plywood and various saws.
I'm using cypress for the gunwales, and western red cedar for the rest of the stringers. Hard to get 16' cedar boards around here, so I scarfed them all to get the right length. The frames are cut from 12mm Okoume marine plywood.
The epoxy in the scarfs needed to cure. I spent the interim cutting out the rudder and yoke, as well as gluing up one of the masts.
Rudder from some marine fir I had sitting around, yoke from Okoume.
Wow, that's a big pic. Likely not its final shape, in any case.
It can be fairly dainty, considering the small sail area. Just two pieces from a 1x board, ripped, flipped and glued back together. I'll round off the corners, and taper it, but I'll leave it square. I'll do the same with the mizzen and other spars.
More to come. Questions and comments welcome.