If you would like to make a canoe paddle, just follow along as I show you how I did it.
You can build your son or daughter a plywood canoe in a weekend. The simplest canoes are made of just 3 pieces of plywood: the two sides, and the base. More complex shapes can be created, but these instructions are for a simple canoe.
This boat has low freeboard and holds only one person. Build it using these free instructions.
The dinghy measures 7 ft 10 inches x 3 ft 4 inches. This is an adaptation of old drawings to stitch and glue construction.
This canoe uses only 2 sheets of plywood! The file includes a step by step tutorial on reading boat blueprints and cutting plywood from dimensions.
There are also about as many ways to build a boat as there are boat builders. This web page is not intended to be a how to lesson, but rather an – I did it this way – show and tell.
The canoe is 13 feet by 31 inches, but no great harm can result from making it a little shorter or stretching it to 15 or 16 feet. Nowadays we would add watertight bulkheads in the ends for flotation.
There should be enough information at the link to build your own outrigger canoe.
The canoe on the beach at Slopeng on the north shore of Madura. Slopeng is the name in Bahasa Madura, the local language, but some maps call it Salompeng.
Build an 18 foot one sheet canoe using the free downloadable instructions at the link.