Strip building of boats has been around for a long time. In the past large boats were carvel planked with heavy boards attached to solid ribs using sturdy fasteners or wood dowels. Caulking of tar and fibers was driven between the planks and when the boat was launched the boards swelled, came closely together and formed a mostly watertight hull.
Why did we use the cedar strip boat building technique to build our cruising sailboat Alacazam? For three main reasons - the superior qualities of cedar as a boat building material, the speed of construction of the cedar strip boat building technique, and the strength and lightness of a wood-epoxy hull. Cedar is a light dimensionally stable wood, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio.
The following descriptions will help you to understand how we can provide kits or materials for canoes, kayaks, or rowing boats. If you have questions please call or e-mail us ; we have assisted in many boatbuilding projects and can help you make intelligent choices in designs and materials. You do not have to purchase a complete kit: You can purchase any individual materials you need to assist in your boatbuilding project. This package will give you all the information you need to plan your canoe project.
A couple years ago I took my two oldest children to nearby Hagg lake for their first fishing trip. They were bored after about 30 minutes, so we walked over to a little hut and rented a canoe. I like to try my hand at something different from time to time and, recalling how much my children enjoyed the boating and not the fishingI turned my attention to making a cedar strip canoe in the late summer of
He likes to challenge himself with creative projects at home. Red Cedar strips are one of the larger components of the total material cost when building a cedar strip canoe. Depending on your budget, you can spend a little or a lot on strips.
We offer strips of both western red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar. You can use a mixture of both and develop your own unique strip design as you build your boat. We recommend a mix of roughly one third light strips yellow cedar or paulownia and two thirds dark red cedar strips, or one third dark and two thirds light.
I love the adventure and experience of canoe camping. Packing food and camping gear into a canoe and paddling to a wilderness campsite. No motors are allowed in the park, fishing is great and the solitude and scenery become addicting.
A practical account of my experiences and a brief guide to building a cedar strip canoe. It includes links to stories of using the canoe for wilderness camping and fishing. Did you use this instructable in your classroom?