- 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.