I would like to start off by thanking you for Duckworks Magazine.
I received much inspiration and encouragement from reading all
of the “Projects” postings.
out my first boatbuilding effort, a Bateau 14ft “cheap canoe”
from the free plans on the bateau.com website.
bad for a first effort is it? I spent over a year in a combined
state of procrastination and analysis-paralysis reading and reviewing
designs from myriad designers including Payson/Bolger, Arch Davis,
Gator Boats, Simplicityboats.com (David Beede), and Jim Michalak.
I was looking for a boat that was cartopable, did not need an
engine, and most importantly, be easy to build. When I looked
over the cheap canoe plans from Bateau, I knew that even I could
put it together! Not only was the cheap canoe easy to build, it
flat out performs! I’ve had some experience paddling conventional
canoes like Coleman and Old Town and the cheap canoe paddles easier
and tracks much better. The cheap canoe’s dimensions are
closer to a kayak than a canoe. If anyone were considering building
the cheap canoe, I would recommend that they build Bateau’s
16ft version listed as the 16ft nice canoe on their site. The
plans are a modest $10 and if they are as detailed and easy to
follow as the 14ft cheap canoe plans, it’s well worth it.
pictures and construction commentary at http://www.geocities.com/staceyjstrickland/slider
Again, thanks for Duckworks!
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