I have been thinking about a skin canoe for a while. I am not a big canoe fan and just prefer a kayak but after some recent fishing trips I started to think a canoe might be better for fishing. More comfortable and it would provide a place inside the boat to put your gear.
So I am about to start building my first Skin on Frame canoe. It is my design. My design goals center around fishing. I want it to be a solo boat, lightweight and to turn 180 degrees with a couple of paddle strokes. I don't want a white water boat with no tracking and the ability to spin on dime. But I don't want it to track like a Sea kayak either. As always I want the styling to be a bit different so it stands out from the other boats. The rest of my goals such as safer and better storage for gear and paddles inside is just typical canoe.
Here is what I have come up with. And, the pink color... it's just the color I prefer on the computer screen in my software. I find it one of the easier colors to work with. I like the contrast and the details show up better than other colors I have tried. I have no idea what color the finished boat with be at this point but most likely not pink.
Stone Fly will be almost 15 foot long and have a beam of 28" and water line beam of 26.5". It has a stability factor of 98. Of course the seat height will have a big effect on how stable it feels. Resistance numbers are similar to my Curlew design (kayak) and if paddled with a double blade paddle it should be right at home with a group of average paddlers. Best part is I predicting it will weight 28-32 lbs. Basically half a fiberglass boat.
Being my first canoe I expect there will be some issues I have not thought of and these will have to worked out as I go. I finished up the plans and printed them out a little while ago. Hope to start building it this weekend and will of course take lots of photos.