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Townsend 15-36
Townsend 15-36
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The Townsend, 15-36

Lake Townsend, a tranquil body of water located in Guilford County, North Carolina. Its calm waters and scenic beauty make it the perfect setting to get out and enjoy paddling.



Overall Dimensions

15'6 x 36"
.91 m x 91 cm

Heights: Bow, Mid, Stern

20", 14", 20"
51 cm, 36 cm, 51 cm
Rocker: Fore and Aft
1.5" & 1.5"
4 cm & 4 cm
Estimated hull weight*
45-65 lbs.
20-29 k
Recommend load on board
150-800 lbs
68-363 k

*Hull weight will depend on the quality of materials selected and skill of the builder.

The Townsend is a recreational canoe with a wide beam to provide stability and a predictable feel. There is a slight V-bottom will aid in tracking and helps eliminates the oil-canning effect common with some wide flat bottom designs.

She has a contemporary side profile that will be easy to assemble and is well within the reach of a first-time builder. The bow entry will slice into any minor wake you encounter and help tracking.

This design can be made from 3 sheets of 4' x 8' (1.2m x 2.4m) plywood. One additional 1/2 sheet will be required to make a temporary frames. The frames can be made from any quality of plywood so don't spend your money on 4th sheet of high-grade material.

The two compartments located fore and aft are multipurpose. They can be sealed off and act as buoyancy chambers. Leave them hollow or filled with buoyancy foam. (Adding foam will add stiffness and rigidity to the hull.) The compartments will provide enough reserve floatation to make it unsinkable. A nice safety feature to have. A builder could also incorporate hatches in the compartments and use them as dry storage.

Add bench seats, cane seats, or kneel right on the floor and you're ready to go. Seats are easy to install but the exact length will vary from builder to builder. Best to fit a cardboard seat pattern first and then make your seats.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

Plywood: 1/4 " [6 mm] thickness
3 sheets
Epoxy: resin with hardener (includes 15% waste factor)
1.7 gallons
6.4 liters

Fiberglass Tape: 6-ounce, 4" wide [200 g, 10 cm]

55 yards
50 meters

Filler (woodflour, fumed silca, etc)

1.5 quarts
1.4 liters

Click here to download a complete Bill of Materials that includes a materials list for different build options.


Total cost of the build will range from about $300 up to $600 depending on the options and materials selected. If you are interested in a CNC cut marine plywood kit. Cost of this plywood-only kit will be about $449 delivered to your door (with in the United States). Contact us for a specific quote.

The hull can be built in 20-25 hours. Up to 20 hours to fair and paint depending on the desires and skills of the builder. Please note these are "hands on" hours. They do not include time waiting for epoxy and paint/varnish to cure.

Visit our Customer Service forum and see what others are saying about our designs.

Our Plans Include:

  • 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.
    • Full scale paper patterns of selected curves that would be hard to draw.
  • Specific assembly instructions for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials.
Price: $48.00

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