Replicating a Canoe in cedar strips?

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If I own a royalex canoe and wanted to make a stripper version of it how would I go about it? How do I efficiently make forms? I was thinking of making half, vertically split half patterns that I can use to lay out a starboard and port side full form pattern. Can you follow the idea? It would be pretty time consuming. Is there an easier way without sacrificing the royalex canoe?
 
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What model is it? My first thought would be to see if you can find plans for it, or a similar boat, in woodstrip. But I suppose you've already looked. I follow where you're going with making half forms and then mirroring it. Sounds quite time consuming and I don't know how accurate it would be. I guess that would depend on your level of patience. Perhaps contact the designer and see if they'd be willing to supply/sell you form dimensions.

Alan
 
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I picked up a Mohawk Challenger that the HIN tells me was made in 1994. I've only paddled it once and I liked the canoe quite a bit. I was thinking that it would be nice to have a lighter 14' solo canoe. Doesn't have to be a Challenger but it seemed pretty well behaved during my short, one hour, paddle. That's what got me thinking to make a stripper Challenger.

I started searching for plans but most of the solos I see are either 11-12 or 15-16. I guess I could try scaling an available plan but I don't know if that's a good idea or not.

I could try calling Mohawk and see what they say. That's a good idea, thank you.
 
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Hanz,
The Kite that I just built is very comfortable. If Mr Momentum's curve template is not to your liking, that Kite, or the earlier version, the Osprey, might please you.
Either hull is a straight forward build, despite the crease.

BTW, Mr Momemtum, that template is too cool!!
And are you the result of I*alpha? Or are you a linear sort?
 
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Hanz,
The Kite that I just built is very comfortable. If Mr Momentum's curve template is not to your liking, that Kite, or the earlier version, the Osprey, might please you.
Either hull is a straight forward build, despite the crease.

BTW, Mr Momemtum, that template is too cool!!
And are you the result of I*alpha? Or are you a linear sort?

I do like that Kite you built - you are part of my problem! In a good way of course :)

I already have a 15' solo and there's times when it's a little too large. I'm thinking a 14' solo might be an ideal grab-n-go for the kind of paddling I most often do.
 
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I spent about $600 to build that Kite, too much, I thought. I could have saved much $$ if I used wood gunnels.
Even so, where are you going to get a high performance, modern canoe for so little??

You know, you can swing by anytime and try out the hull. Maybe a detour on your way to an ADK trip...I'm only 10 minutes from I87.
 
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Thank you for your kind offer. I am heading to the ADKs in September for sure and I'll be asking for help planning a trip. I just may be able to test paddle your Kite. I'm curious to see what I think. I'm a pretty green paddler and I test paddled a Swift Osprey before I bought my Swift Keewaydin 15. I remember liking the K15 so much more than the Osprey. I think the Osprey felt a bit squirrelly to me. I'm curious to see if my opinion has changed any after gaining some paddling experience.

I'd love to build a canoe for $600.00. I'm certain I can do it, I have most of the tools - I just need the space. I'll be contemplating my choices for sure.

Thanks again
 
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Hanz,

BTW, Mr Momemtum, that template is too cool!!
And are you the result of I*alpha? Or are you a linear sort?

Stripperguy, I have used templates like this for building pieces of furniture in the past. Quite helpful for determining odd radi, or matching something existing.
So, I guess I'm not quite a linear thinker. More outside the box :)
 
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