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Neil Kilcoin
Strip Canoe
. This is a 16 ft. boat primarily made from Western red cedar with Claro walnut and Alaskan yellow cedar accents; the trim & seats are made from White ash. The lumber is covered with fiberglass and epoxy. The boat is primarily intended for beginners on flat water lakes but does have scuppered gunnels to help drain the water that will inevitably collect in the hull.
Plans and inspiration came from the book Building a Strip Canoe by Gil Gilmartin (2nd ed.), a number of YouTube videos, and my friend Ken Koscik, a prolific builder in Wisconsin. I leaned a lot in this build - from making many, many jigs, to fairing curves with hand tools, to adapting to work outdoors due to the size of my small shop (~220 sq. ft.). The most challenging part of the build was the varnishing - clouds of gnats one week were determined to thwart my best efforts!
Regards, Neil Kilcoin --- October 2020
Neil Kilcoin
Strip Canoe
, See message on the left photo. October 2020




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