Building Lapstrake Canoes
ISBN 0-924947-14-4

Sound unfamiliar? Actually, lapstrake canoes predate the more familiar canvas-covered models by at least half a century. These are particularly fine boats for cruising and general knocking about, because they have the maneuverability of a kayak and the stability of a double ender. They are nearly as easy to handle ashore–a typical 15 footer weighs just 56 pounds, paddle and all. Layout and construction are thoroughly explained for this easiest-to-build of all round bottom lapstrake boats. That's one reason why this book has been required reading for boatbuilding courses all across North America.
15'&13' lapstrake canoes

Think of it...traditional boatbuilding–no glue 'n sticks, no stitch 'n glue–and without the expense and bother of specialized tools. What's life without a challenge or two?

Anyone contemplating building a first lapstrake boat is understandably a bit apprehensive. The advantage of building a canoe first is that despite their small scantlings, lapstrake canoes are built just like larger boats. That means that you can become familiar with layout and construction techniques without having to invest is specialized tools. (We could have said that building one is a good way to get your feet wet, but that's not a phrase you're apt to hear from a boatbuilder.)

This book has proved itself invaluable even when lapstrake canoes are built using the glued lapstrake method, because such things as plank layout and fitting, are virtually identical. We would suggest, though, that if you are new to the glued lap process, that you take a good look at Glued Lap Construction. Not only does it address the subject specifically, it's the least expensive of our books–and if they are ordered at the same time, you'll save on shipping charges.

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This book begins with reading plans and making your own canoe half model. The model making part is optional, but helps you become familiar with the hull before you actually start putting things together. From there, it follows the building sequence on through making the moulds, planking, installing ribs and rails, making the double paddle, and even the finishing process.

The coverage of lapstrake canoe construction in this book is so thorough that a considerable number of first-time builders have used it to build their very first boat. It is required reading for boatbuilding courses from Maine to California. The information included is applicable to virtually any lapstrake canoe. Plans are not included, but a coupon good for 25% off on Duck Trap Woodworking canoe plans is included in every book. When you're done building your canoe, you'll find out why so many before you have abandoned their canvas-covered models in favor of lapstrakes, and why so many have gone on to build more boats.