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The focus of our business is boats that not only live in backyards, but are constructed there, or in garages and basements. Built of wood by you, with time, drive, common sense and the ability to use basic tools. Beginning with a kit, or just a set of plans to guide them they have a common goal, getting on the water in a craft they have built.
One of the lines of information we include with the boats is the PPI, this is the pounds per inch immersion. The weight it takes to sink the boat one inch or 2.54 cm, this is included to give you an idea of the effects of loading on the boat. If when you normally paddle the boat it is loaded close to it's capacity and you go away for the weekend and need to add 50 pounds [22.7kg.] of gear a boat with a PPI of 75 pounds [34kg.] it will settle in the water about 3/4" or about 2cm. Telling you that if the boat is properly loaded it should handle the weight with little difference in handling or freeboard.
The capacities that we have listed for kayaks are the capacity around which the boat was designed, the maximum as calculated using the formulas supplied by those who set these limits will be higher. We find for kayaks these numbers are higher than we would ever recommend you load your boat to, always be aware of how you are loading your boat, how the load is balanced, the usage and conditions it will see, as a guide stay with a couple inches of the recommended loading.
For canoes the capacities are listed at various sinkages, the maximum recommend capacity is given with 7" [178mm] free board as set by the standard. 


We have added a couple of new pages to the site one introducing our cedar strip kayaks the other page Shoots 'n' Cuts exhibits a few of the diverse array of items apart from boats that we have designed and built here in the shop.


In addition to plans and kits we offer design services, and can modify one of our existing designs to suit your needs or design an entirely new boat to suit your needs. These options can be coupled with having a boat custom built for you from an existing, custom or semi custom design. Call us to discuss pricing for these services, based on your needs, we are also happy to take on larger projects.

Kit Orders

Noah’s Marine Supply in Toronto supplies our kits, allowing us to offer kits at a  more competitive price point then we are able to on our own. Your kit comes from Noah’s, support during the build will be provided by us, should you have build questions we are just an e-mail or phone call away.

Orders can be placed  directly with Noah’s, through this site, or by calling us directly to discuss your options. Kits available directly from Noah's site appear in blue, clicking on the highlighted kit price takes you directly to the proper page on the Noah's Marine web site.

Should you wish to simply prowl around Noah's site to see what they have to offer click on their logo on the left side of this page and the link takes you to the opening page of their e-commerce site.


We have begun the process of making our plans available in book format, the first of these are complete and contain the information needed to construct a boat. Books can be ordered through this site, or directly from the printer by clicking on the Blurb logo.

US customers, ordering books directly from Blurb can be the most efficient way to get a copy as they ship from the US, removing the seemingly inevitable slowdowns that occur when shipping across the border.

We have also provided a link to PT Watercraft on this page which will take you to their site and the excellent e books they have on offer. These are a good source of information for anyone contemplating building a boat.

Keeping Up to Date

CLASSES: Information regarding the cost and timing of classes is found on the last page of this site, additional information can be found on our blog. Our classes and their timing is personalized run at a mutually agreed time based on your schedule.

SOCIAL MEDIA: To help keep you up to date with what is happening both on the drawing board and in the shop we have Facebook page, a Blog, and an Instagram account for which you can find the links below. We use the Facebook page to keep everyone up-to-date on what is happening in the shop, designs we are working on, it includes building albums of the boats as they are under construction, this can help you gain an understanding of the building processes.


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Link to Get Launched blog

Link to Instagram


Click on the icon to open a .pdf copy of our brochure.

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PT Watercraft books link

Click on the above image to enter the PT Watercraft site which offers a line of e-books aimed at helping the home boat builder to turn out a superior product.Current e-book titles available are: Epoxy Basics, Rolling Perfection and Scarfing Basics.

Our kit supplier:

Link to Noah's Marine web site 

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Clicking on the above logo will take you directly to Blurb where our books are available for order.

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Corunna, Ontario
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