| By Les Brown - Stratford Upon
Avon - England
I thought you might be interested in
the mini-canadian canoe I have built. I began with
plans for a 12ft canoe but shortened it to 10ft so
my Great nephew could carry it around. And then -
wait for it - I built it on the carpet in my lounge.
I named her "Comanche" and here are some
pics. She is one of the shortest, and most portable,
canoes around. By the way, it is not possible to build
a boat on your carpet if you have a wife.
She is not tippy in the least. She has
a flat bottom panel about 18 inches wide at centre,
and while I wouldn't recommend it, I reckon I could
stand up in her.
The original 12ft plan was a "Baby
Raven" from Paul Fisher. I built
the canoe for Michael's birthday and well, I had to
give it a good field testing before handing it over.
Next project? Well now, I know what
I would like it to be. I have this 24ft cabin boat
in my head built to take an outboard motor so I could
lock my front door one day and take off down the canal
to Stratford Upon Avon, then starboard on to the river
toward Tewksbury and wait for an adventure to happen.
There are problems however. First I need somewhere
to build her, then I need to save a few more pennies
yet, but we shall see. I think it is more likely I
will do something smaller first. I will know when
the good Lord tells me.