2014-01-09

Post II - Looking at Plans

Plans plans plans, my god there are a lot of them out there. I had a few criteria when I started looking (in no particular order of importance).
  • Pleasing to the eye
  • Good rowing characteristics
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Ability to haul at least 3 people
  • Buildable in a 16' x 29' workspace
  • Relatively amateur-friendly
  • Good support from the seller
  • No hard chines (nothing against them technically, I just don't like the look)
After spending way too much time on the internet surfing designs and plans I finally came across this site:


and found what I was looking for - a Whitehall! It ticks all the boxes and looks good too. I really dig the 2 rowing position design as well. Most importantly, it's within reach of a first-timer. Don't get me wrong - I have dreams of mahogany runabouts and 450Hp mercruiser engines, but humble beginnings are where I'm at for now. I can't post pics of my specific plans (the ones from Canadian Canoes), but to keep my "no posts without pics" promise, here's an image of the Whitehall from wikipedia.

Figure 1: The Whitehall hull form. Nice!

wikipedia.org - public domain image

Friendly customer service from canadiancanoes, and the plans are more than adequate for building a whitehall. I just ordered the bare plans (wanting to do as much as possible myself), but the website will sell you anything you want to shortcut the personal labour - including a completed boat! They promptly responded to questions I had regarding modifications as well. I'd recommend them to anyone in the same boat as me (yuk yuk).

That's about it for this post. 

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