Lapstrake multi-purpose "canoe" plan options

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by garren, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. garren
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    garren Junior Member

    I've researched the archives and the internet and have not found a satisfactory boat plan that seems to serve my intended purposes. Maybe it doesn't exist.

    I live beside a small lake in Billings, and the Yellowstone River (class 1-2+) flows through town. There are many other lakes and rivers (class 1-2+) within a couple of hours. I want to build a "canoe-like" lapstrake boat that can be paddled efficiently by two on lakes and "rowed," driftboat-style, on rivers. I think that means three seats - one for each paddler and one near the middle for rowing.

    Is there a plan for such a beast? How wide must the beam be to accommodate oars? I'm thinking 14-16' range and hopefully less than 100 pounds.

    I am an amateur woodworker and have an adequate supply of power and hand tools. I have canoed a bit on rivers and lakes and have rowed rafts and driftboats on larger, class 3-4, rivers.

    I would appreciate any links or references to plans and ideas on accommodating these two purposes with one boat. Any other advice or information would be appreciated.

    Gary Davis
  2. duluthboats
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    duluthboats Senior Dreamer

    You may find something that will work for both. But not very well. Drift boats have a lot of rocker and are wide. C2's have little rocker and are narrow.
  3. ancient kayaker
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    ancient kayaker aka Terry Haines

    Did you mean a drift boat or just a regular rowing boat? A drift boat resembles a dory and intended for use on a fast moving river, nothing at all like a canoe. If you build a canoe, i.e., long and narrow, it is too narrow for rowing but it can probably be fitted with outriggers like a rowing shell. But like the mustache says, it might not do either job very well.
  4. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Sounds like a long and narrow rowing boat, something around 17 ft and 3 ft beam. There are many out there in lapstrake. Try Tom Hill, Duckworks, and google fast rowboats.
    They are very canoe-like, but to be narrow they usually use outriggers to row. Usually easily detached.
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  6. Wayne Grabow
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    Wayne Grabow Senior Member

    I tried designing a boat like you describe; I wasn't successful. To row you need about 40" beam; to paddle you need a narrow beam and tumblehome is helpful. Have you considered an Adirondack guideboat-type design? They are row only but very fast, easy gliding, light, maneuverable, and carry a good load. I built one of those and have been very happy with it.

  7. garren
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    garren Junior Member

    Thanks all for the advice. I'm looking at adirondack guideboats and a couple other designs. Any other advice is appreciated.

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