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Building a Sassafras 14 ft. stitched lapstrake canoe
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HOME 1. laying out
the planks
2. cutting
3. gluing
4. rabbeting
5. stitching
6. shaping
7. filleting
8. gluing
9. removing
10. filling
11. gluing
12. gluing
13. glassing
14. glassing inside 15. glassing
16. decks and
seat mounts
17. installing
18. epoxy
19. sanding 20. varnishing 21. finishing up 22. launching storage BILL OF
This canoe was built from plans in the book "The Canoe Shop"

September 13, 2007
Launching "Sawdust"

At 47 pounds "Sawdust" is relatively easy to pick up and throw on my shoulder.  It goes on the roof rack fairly easily too.  Since the thwart is not in the center of balance, the act of lifting it onto the rack is a bit tricky, but I figured it out.

At the boat ramp (1/2 mile from our house!) I was able to carry it over my head with 2 hands comfortably and drop it in the water.  My first ride was sweet, it's a fast boat!

After taking my friend John Grill for a short paddle to thank him for all his help building it, my wife Becky also got out from behind the camera for a short run up the river.  We all found it a bit tippy which will take some getting used to.  I may lower the seats by a 1/2 inch to try and make it more stable, but the round hull is inherently tippy even when sitting on the bottom of the boat.

With 2 people in the boat it is fast, and it settles in to the water at a nice level.  When I took her out for an extended solo cruise I found that it does track well and is not adversely affected by cross wind.   The trade-off of the flat rocker design seems to be that it does not turn very nimbly.  Also when solo paddling using the j-stroke I felt that the boat was crabbing sideways more than I would have expected.

Overall  I am very pleased and plan to get a lot of use out of this sexy looking boat.  We'll be taking it up to our family cabin on Frenchman's Bay, "down east" in a week or so for some extended paddling around the islands.

I was surprised how quickly I let go of the preciousness of the canoe, the moment it hit the water it became a "just a boat" to me.  I was not paranoid about scratching it up on the beach since I knew that I could repair any damage pretty easily.  It is also very gratifying to see the responses of fellow boaters who admire it.


  Here's a movie of Sawdust's first day in the water:

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