He Floats

Canoe weight 11kg, (4mm ply, tapes seems inside only and 200g carbon on inside bottom panel in the middle only). Took him out for a quick test paddle before finishing off: fitting out, foot rests, Kevlar around the gunwales, sanding, fairing and painting.

Went like a dream, very stable easy to paddle no vices what so ever, very happy.



Pushing on

Starting to plan and fit  out the inside, have bought a seat and bow / stern buoyancy bags.


Bonded on reinforcements for the front seat straps, 4mm ply and glass tape.


Repaired a small area of the carbon that had not bonded to the ply


Sanded the bow / stern areas to remove any sharp points that may puncture the buoyancy bag and then applied a second coat of primer.

Build time total 66.5 hours

Epoxy total 1720ml

Starting to finish

Great progress, started by bonding and screwing the yoke in position, worked well

Then primed the inside

Laminated 25mm Kevlar tape from stem to stem over the keel, used peel ply and masking tape around the stem.  Also primed the outer hull And a few hours later filled the outside using the DIY filler recommend by Selway Fisher and a few blogs / forums – fingers crossed it holds up.


Build time 61 hours

Epoxy used 1,696ml

Four Session

Busy and did four sessions

1, glued the other out-whale on

2, trimmed to top of the upper strake to the out-whale using the router and profile bit. The out-whale was glued about 0.5mm lower than the strake to allow for a nice flush gunwale. Made and glued in two breast hooks from 12mm ply, these are the minimum size I think will work and have provision of a rope handle. Before gluing made a spreader bar to force the overall width to 30″. Very carefully marked out and cut the double bevel for the yoke. This has worked well and very pleased with in. Made some 4mm ply reinforcements for where the yoke would attach and some brackets for the yoke ends from the yoke off cuts. Have positioned the yoke at 65% LOA. Also sanded the bow / stern ready for the Kevlar outer keel.

3, glued the yoke brackets and reinforcements

4, filled small hollows in the bow area and other obvious areas

Built time total 57 hours

Epoxy total 1,650ml


Building again


It is great when life gets in the way of other plans but finally got back to canoe building. I have epoxied one out-whale. Part of the delay was that I left the top off the epoxy hardner, it had turned into curdled mayo. Apparently moisture had effected it and it had to be binned.
Build time 52hours
Epoxy total 1,560ml