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Thread: Canoe builder

  1. #1
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    Default Canoe builder

    Hoping I have this in the correct forum.

    Due to space and time constraints I am looking for a list of established boat builders that would be capable of building a Thames canoe (pictured below). The boat I would like to have built is pictured below This is for a steam powered project I would like to complete over the next few years.

    Here are the key attributes I am looking for.

    Have experience with glued lapstrake, strip building and/or cold molding and be able to modify existing plans. The Selway-Fisher design is drawn at 23'6" but would like to have stretched to 25'-6".
    Must have an established business and catalog of work.
    Must be in based in the Midwest or West coast (no east coast due to travel distance)


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    Cheers and thanks in advance for your assistance
    Ken

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    Default Re: Canoe builder

    I would encourage you to contact some of the builders listed at https://www.woodencanoe.org/builders-suppliers to see who you like best. Good luck,

    Benson

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    Default Re: Canoe builder

    Benson,

    Thanks for the list. It's a page I didn't turn up when digging around using the Google machine.

    Ken

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    Default Re: Canoe builder

    Not shown in that woodencanoe.org listing, here's a builder not far from me in west central Wisconsin whom you might wish to present this endeavor of yours:

    http://ebbertboatworks.dragonfiredesign.com/

    Good luck with your dream & puh-leeze return here, fill us in on what progress you've made once you're past 1st base....

    I know a fellow in Austin TX who might be interested in building you the steam system that'd fit your dream.

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    Default Re: Canoe builder

    Thanks for the link. I'll add him to my contact list.

    The steam plant is the easy part for me :-). I have an engine nearly complete, it's time and the space to build a 25' boat that I'm lacking.

    Ken

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    Default Re: Canoe builder

    Maybe look through the NW Washington wooden boat builder scene. I tried to find a registry of wooden boat builders in that area, didnít come across any quickly. Maybe some forum members from the PNW can help.

    I did come across these guys, J.W. Swan and Sons. Looks like they are building some good solid wood boats. Thatís great to see. I know you asked for plywood, but interesting still.
    http://jwswanandsons.com/
    "Yeah, well, that's just, like your opinion man"
    -The Dude-

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