I want to build a couple of lightweight double-paddle canoes or kayaks for folks in late middle age who are 200 Ė 220 pounds. Many such designs stipulate a maximum load of 180 pounds or less.
Use will mostly be on a river (deep water, minimal current, big boats only on very rare occasions) or on smallish nearby lakes with HP limits of 6 or 10. I donít expect self-rescuing, but I would want flotation, probably by decking/enclosing the ends. By lightweight, I'm thinking no more than 50 pounds.
Sheet ply or strip-built are the methods that would best suit me. I donít want to spend forever building them.
A couple of designs that would seem to fit are:
Jim Michalakís Toto
Can anybody offer thoughts on these or on other designs?