The North Wind


Decked canoes have a long history dating back to the late 1800s and Henry Rushton's decked sailing canoes.

Before modern decked canoes, paddlers who wanted to take longer touring trips had the choice between a canoe or a kayak.

A canoe could easily haul plenty of gear and access to the gear was quick. A canoe can be easily portaged over land when needed. But the open nature of the canoe limited its sea worthiness and paddling becomes very difficult in rough and windy conditions.

A kayak with spray skirt offers a high level of sea worthiness but is limited with the amount of gear that can be taken and access to the was time consuming at best. Special skill and precautions are required to safely paddle a kayak with a spray skirt. Portaging a kayak is much more difficult than portaging canoe.

The modern decked canoe falls somewhere in between a canoe and kayak. The deck helps protect against wind and rough waters while the open cockpit allows for easily packing more gear than a typical kayak can hold . A decked canoe can also be portaged like a traditional canoe.

The North Wind is meant to explore a variety of different paddling environments. Its hull shape has a small amount of rocker in the middle portion of the hull and then generous rocker on the ends. Paddlers of these style canoes generally prefer installing a rudder for touring. The assembly instructions detail how to prepare for this installation.


Overall Length

5.2 m

Max. Beam

72.4 cm
Height at bow/mid/stern
14 / 14.5 / 12"
36.5 / 37 / 30.5 cm
Recommended total weight on board
175 - 500 lbs
79 - 22k
Estimated weight*
50 - 65 lbs.
23 - 30 k.

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on chosen build options and skill of the builder. The plans detail what methods are to be used for a lighter version.

Some sample images of a North Wind built by Ron with a custom deck:


Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials


5 sheets total

Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)

3.0 gallons

Fiberglass Tape: 50 yards
Fiberglass Cloth: 21 yards
Wood Flour 2 quarts



Review our kits to compare how costs meet your desires. A builder who chooses to draw and cut out all the panels manually can save around $500 over the cost of CNC cut kit. However, drawing and cutting the multiple panels on this design will be time consuming and there will be a risk of error.

When comparing the cost of this decked canoe kit to kits from other companies, please keep in mind this canoe is much bigger than a solo touring kayak. If you would like to make a reasonable comparison, compare this decked canoe to tandem or triple touring kayak and be sure to factor in shipping costs.


Please Note: This is a multi-paneled hull and will require significantly more effort to assemble than some of our other designs. If you're a first-time builder, we highly recommend you consider completing a simpler project first. What you learn on the first project will allow you to build a better, lighter second project.

The hull will required about 70-85 hours to complete. You can save about 10-15 hours with a precut kit. These times are rough estimates and will vary according to the skill of the builder. Please note these are "hands on" hours and do not include the time waiting for epoxy to cure.

Visit our Customer Service Forum to ask questions or see what others are saying about this design.

Plans Packing List:

  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each part with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with all panels clearly labeled.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Nesting
    • Panel Drawings on A size paper (11" x 17")
    • Frames and Bulkheads
    • Quality Assurance Drawings
  • Specific building manual for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials.

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