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Gander River Canoe
Gander River Canoe

Gander River Canoe

The Gander River has a special place in Newfoundland history.In times of old, most people and goods originally traveled by sea, the Gander River became a rare inland highway. The river spawned a unique vessel style with a wine glass shaped stern designed for efficient movement of people and cargo.

The original boats were large enough to stand and fish in but narrow enough to pass through the rapids at the lower end of the river. We were approached by a former resident of Newfoundland for this kind of boat except in a canoe model.

Incorporated into the design is a simple lower hull with a slight V which is extended in a transom to accommodate an electric or 2hp gas trolling motor.

This boat is intended as a wide solo boat but will also do well as a tandem. One could stand and cast but standing in a canoe is as much of a function of individual balance as it is design.

Also added is an optional forward and aft deck. The height of the decks are at the same height as the upper most chine, about 10" (25 cm) above the hull bottom, for comfortable and stable paddling.
Specifications
Overall Length
14'
4.3 m

Max. Beam

35"
.9 m
Height bow/midship/stern
17/14/16"
43/36/40.5cm
Estimated weight using Okuome
65 lbs.
30 k
Recommended weight on board:
170 - 730 lbs.
77 - 331 k

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on skill of the builder and chosen build materials. Achieving the lowest overall weight will require the best materials and a highly skilled builder.

Material Build List

Plywood sheets
4
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)
2.2 gallons
Fiberglass Tape, 6 ounce
86 yards
Wood Flour
2 quarts

Click here for a downloadable Bill of Materials. To open this file in a separate window, right-click and then choose "open in new window". You will need the free version Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.

-Click here for info about purchasing epoxy and fiberglass.

-We also off a precut plywood kit for this model. Click here for info.

Cost:

For epoxy and fiberglass, starting price will be about $220 plus shipping in the United States depending on the brand and vendor you choose. This doesn't include items such as varnish, brushes, rollers, mixing sticks, gloves, etc. See our list of trusted suppliers.

For marine grade plywood, price will be about $200 if you pick it up yourself. Delivery cost of full sheets of plywood is expensive. Please compare our pre-cut plywood kit price if you are considering having plywood delivered. Our precut kit price may be cheaper than what you'll pay for the full sheets and delivery.

A builder who chooses to draw and cut out all the panels manually can save around $300 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.

Labor:

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 50-65 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.

More:

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.

- All dimensions are shown in metric and U.S. Standard units.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

 
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