WATER LILY 12
This is a really nice solo canoe, designed by me, for someone
who likes to use a canoe for poking around and exploring. It
has a shallow "V' bottom, no keel, and very sharp ends.
All my Water Lily designs are characterized by their high ends
and swoopy sheer line. This canoe has a capacity of about 259
lbs. and weighs between 35 and 45 honest pounds.
This canoe is built on the same form as the Water Lily, so it
has the same hull characteristics, but it has a lower sheerline
and lighter construction. Weight is 28 to 35 lbs.
This is a low volume high performance solo canoe for paddlers
who weigh under about 155 lbs. or 70 kg. It was designed by Don
Allman of Fine Line Canoes and has a modern asymmetrical hull
shape. Protected weight is about 25 to 35 lbs. depending on trim,
hull covering, and fittings.
WATER LILY 13-15
This canoe is designed as a light tripping, or cottage canoe.
Tile beam is 33". Depending on whether weight, speed, roominess,
or your storage area limitations are more important to you, choose
the right length for you. These canoes are all made on the same
form and have similar characteristics. The longer models have
a finer entry and are slightly faster. Weight of this canoe is
about 42 to 56 lbs. The shorter canoes are fine for small people.
The 15 is an excellent all round tandem canoe, and has a hull
shape very well suited for solo style paddling. Capacity is around
These canoe has most of the same characteristics of the above
canoe, but a flatter sheerline and a slightly tower weight.
WATER LILY 16
This canoes is designed as a light tripping, or cottage canoe.
The beam can be anywhere from 29 to 34", depending on whether
speed, or stability, are more important to you. Weight of this
canoe is about 62 lbs. Capacity is around 500 lbs.
This canoe has most of the same characteristics of the above
canoe, but a flatter sheerline and a slightly lower weight.
This is another Don Allman designed asymmetrical canoe. It is
a very fast and easy to paddle canoe with lots of stability and
carrying capacity. For people who want to cover a lot of distance
in a paddling day with a minimum of effort, but want the beauty
of cedar /canvas. This is an ideal canoe. Weight is about 65
to 75 lbs.
These canoes are built on the same forms as the cedar/canvas
and are available in similar models, plus The Cruiser a flat
sheer, decked model inspired by the "Sunnyside Cruiser"
The ribs in the cedarstrip canoes are Ontario white cedar, tile
planking is continuous length, tapered, shiplap jointed, and
perfectly fitted B.C. red cedar. These canoes are given multiple
coats of spar vanish inside and out. It's beautiful to see the
grain of the wood and thousands of brass nail heads when you
look down the hull.
These canoes are fitted out in a similar manner to the cedar/canvas
canoes, with the exception that they all have keels. These canoes
are slightly heavier (5% to 10%).
A wing in the water and a wing in the sky. 12' by 32" by
about 60 pounds. This will be a fine little yacht for the person
who wants to have something really special. It will be built
of varnished shiplap red cedar on oak or white cedar ribs (your
choice) with decks in your choice of wood, a foot controlled
rudder, two sails, and a comfortable seal, tow in the hull for
stability. Imagine yourself flying down the lake on a fine afternoon
Our rowing skills are built in a similar manner to the cedarstrip
canoes, except that they have oak ribs. In the rowing skills
a lot more of The details are custom made to the customer's wishes,
The boats are round bottomed, and quite seaworthy, Copper and
bronze fastenings are used, so they can be used in saltwater.
These boats normally come with two sets of bronze oarlocks and
one set of ash tipped, leathered spruce spoon oars. You can order
them any way, within reason, that you want.
13' 8" by 44" by 14" This boat has a transom
for a small motor it you should be so inclined. This boat might
be nice with a leeboard and a sail.
Double ended rowing skiff 16' 4" by 44" by 14".
This boat can be rowed by one or two people. Again, depending
on what you wanted, this boat could be fitted with a folding
high back stern seat by a special passenger or some other interesting
option. With it's extra length and double ended hull shape this
boat is quite fast and easy to row.
13' by 42" by 14". Transom ended skiff, similar to
tile Osprey, but with a more plumb stem and a slightly narrower
beam. This boat has similar accommodations to Osprey, just a
Double ended rowing skiff 15' by 42" by 14". Very similar
to the Osprey II but with more plumb stems and shorter decks.
Should be equally last because it has the same waterline length.
10' by 44" by 13" by about 85 pounds. This boat has
a wider transom than the other longer skiffs to give it added
stability in a shorter length. This would be a nice boat for
2 or 3 adults or 4 children.
8' by 44" by 13" by about 651075 pounds. This would
be an ideal boat for 1 or 2 adults or a couple of children in
quiet water. Because of it's shorter length it won't be is fast
as the other boats, but It will feel fast, often a more important
consideration for children. With a small sail this boat would
make a great little trainer for the aspiring sailor.
Any of the above rowing skiffs have an easily powered hull shape
and a good range of stability and could be built with an optional
We have a number of plans available for sailboats, from about
8 feet up to about 20 feet. Many of these are classics like fire
Swampscott Dory, sailing sharpies, sailing canoes and canoe yawls,
from days gone by. We also have a good collection of plans and
plans catalogues. We also have the building jig for lain Oughtred's
Acorn 10 Dinghy.
10' 2" by 50" by 18" Lapstrake cedar oil oak ribs,
copper and bronze fastened, bronze oar locks, ash or spruce oars,
and a Dacron sail. Choose a 48 sq. ft. balance lug rig, which
is extremely easy to handle and gives nice performance, or a
65 sq. ft. gunter Sloop for more lively. A large boat for its
length, it is also very seaworthy and salty looking.
This building process was pioneered by Platt Monifort, initially
for ultra-light aircraft. It involves building a light skeletal
framework of wood, and bracing it in a geodesic mariner, with
Kevlar strand, before covering it with a skin of heat shrunk
Dacron. This is the same material used as wing cloth for airplanes
like the Piper Cub. This is pretty high tech stuff and very light.
These boats range from the 8 ft. Sweet Pea, at 8 lbs. to a 12
ft. model at about 15 lbs., to a l4 ft. at about 22 1bs. and
a 16 ft. at about 32 lbs. They aren't as pretty as the other
boats, but if you need light - these are as light as they get!
SILENT ELECTRIC BOATS
Imagine gilding across the lake in perfect silence. The only
sound you hear is tile lapping of waves on the hull. You can
approach wildlife without frightening them and you needn't yell
to be heard above the noise of a motor, so your neighbours won't
be able to hear every word of your conversation.
These boats are designed to look like the beautiful wooden boats
from the twenties, thirties, and forties. They have, however,
very efficient underbodies to take advantage of the lower power
of electric motors. All have built in on board battery chargers,
and will charge overnight. Depending on the model, they have
a range of up to about 100 km. on a charge, at speeds of about
10 to 14 kin. per hour. On the largest model recharging costs
about one dollar.
Imagine no pollution, it's easy if you try. By using solar chargers
you can use a power boat that is pollution free. Even with using
the power grid, your boat is very efficient and the pollution
is much less than with a regular power boat
We are an authorized dealer for RAY ELECTRIC OUTBOARDS which
are high thrust primary power electric outboards winch have proven
themselves to be efficient and trouble free for over twenty years.
If a Classic Inboard is more your style, we have a number of
plans for beautiful launches and runabouts. They can be powered
by modern gasoline or diesel engines, or with rebuilt old engines
if you prefer the sound and feel of old machinery. Hulls are
built as per plans, usually of mahogany or cedar, and decks and
trim are of similar woods. Dashboards can be bird's eye maple,
or anything you would like. Hardware is all polished stainless
steel or chrome plated brass.
If you are not aware, some marine engine companies are still
building single cylinder engines, slowly improved over the years,
but the same designs as they did eighty years ago. Imagine how
neat it would be to have a new boat with new power built like
they were eighty years ago, chugging along the lake at an engine
speed of 300 RPM.
We will build outboard powered boats to designs similar to the
Peterborough and Lakefield or other designs for fast small outboard
powered boats similar to the Speedliner Torpedo. These boats
range from sporty two seaters with speeds up to 80 kph. to family
sized boats with two or three rows of seats.
We do; however recommend that with the number of excellent 4
stroke engines on the market now in most power ranges, that in
the interest of our lakes, you choose one of them if you are
powering the boat yourself. The only way you will get an outboard
with an engine from us, is with a four stroke engine
We have repaired or restored a number of this type of old boat
and are aware of the weak spots in the old boats and hopefully
Can avoid some of the problems they had.
If you have a design or a set of plans for a boat which you would
like to have built, we would be glad to have a look at them and
if we feel that we can do the job, we will give you an estimate.
If you want to talk about a design for a small boat give us a
call. Design talk can kind of drag on so if this Is what you
want to talk about, please call on a week day evening between
8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
We can custom make canoe paddles for you. Normally these would
be done in cherry, maple, ash, or birds eye maple. Our paddles
are light, springy and varnished like silk with a hand rubbed
oil and varnish treatment that is easy to touchup if it is scratched.
They have a sensible blade size to be comfortable paddling.
CANOE BUILDING SUPPLIES
We carry some canoe building supplies, for example cedar, ash
and cherry gunwales, yokes, seats, stembands, brass screws and
tacks, and canvas. We are the area dealer for EPIFANES premium
quality varnishes and yacht paints. I have a surplus of boat
quality lumber. The same is true of fastenings, so call for a
price list. With our portable bandsaw mill, we can mill lumber
specifically to your needs at our shop or yours (subject to a
minimum time charge).