In the early 17th century, five Native American groups of the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada formed a cooperative group that became known as the Five Nations or the Iroquois Confederacy.

Our Iroquois is a Idian-style canoe with a hull made from 5 panels.

The design was a modification to our Merrimac canoe which has 6 panels and a slight V bottom. The Iroquois is the same shape except for a flat bottom panel.

The rocker was kept somewhat low but the flat bottom panel will make the hull very maneuverable. If better tracking is desired, then a simple bottom runner can be glue to the bottom.

The flat bottom will also draft little water and allow for much weight on board. The tumblehome sides will make paddling much easier and help keep your weight over the centerline of the hull.

Another benefit of the tumblehome sides: The maximum width of the canoe is just above the waterline, making it very stable. Even enough for 5 wiggling kids!

This hull would make for an excellent shallow water fishing canoe.

Select from a larger tandem model or a shorter and narrower solo model (the solo model will act as a nimble tandem for 2 smaller paddlers with little-to-no gear.


Iroquois 14
Iroquois 15.5
Overall Length 14' 4.3 m 15'6' 4.6 m

Max. Beam (main hull)

.5 m
.9 m
Height at bow & stern
56/56 cm
Height at mid ship
33 cm
36 cm
Rocker fore & aft
3.8/3.8 cm
3.8/3.8 cm
Estimated weight using Okoume plywood
48 lbs.
22 k.
60 lbs.
27 k.
Recommended weight onboard
150-500 lbs.
68-227 k
300-600 lbs.
136-272 k

Our designs are simple to build. There are no complicated scarfing techniques. Everything can be done by someone with average woodworking skills and tools.

This design can be built by a first time builder.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

  Iroquois 14 Iroquois 15.5
Plywood: 3/16" (5mm) minimum thickness
3 sheets 3 sheets
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)
1.1 gallons 4.2 liters 1.4 gallons 5.3 liters
Fiberglass Tape
40 yards 37 m 50 yards 13 m
Wood Flour
2 quarts 2 liters 2 quarts 2 liters


-Additional material for fairing will be required. Material type and amount will vary depending on builders' taste and skill level.

-Plans include the option and required materials to build with fiberglass cloth coverage instead of just taping the seams.

About $130 U.S. In 2006 costs for the fiberglass and epoxy. We do not include plywood, lumber, paint/varnish, and seats in this estimate because they will vary according builder tastes.

The hull can be built in 30-40 hours. Up to 20 hours to fair and paint depending on the desires and skills of the builder.

Visit our Customer Service forum and see what others are saying about our designs. Ask questions there or send us an e-mail.

Plans Package for this design includes:

  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each panel with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Panel drawings on 11" x 17" paper. Metric and U.S. Standard units included.
  • Specific building notes for this boat. 27+ pages with detailed text and illustrations.
  • Bill Of Materials.

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