Our focus is on boats, boats that not only live in backyards, but are constructed there, in a garages or a basement. Built of wood, using a kit, or just a set of plans as a guide you to your goal, getting on the water in a craft you have built.
We have started
putting together brochures in a pdf format that
group boats not by type as is typical but by use. One of
the first we have assembled is for those of you who enjoy
fishing from canoes and kayaks, it is available by
clicking on the icon below.
In addition to the stock plans and kits we offer design services, we can modify one of the existing designs to suit your needs or design an entirely new boat to suit your purposes. 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.
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 will come 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 that are
currently available directly through Noah's web
site are highlighted in blue the others can be ordered either
from them or by contacting us.
If you have
questions about which boat is right for you send us a note and
we will be happy to answer your questions.
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.
To keep you up to date with what is happening 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 in particular to keep everyone up-to-date on what is happening in the shop, designs we are working on, and it includes building albums of boats as they are under construction, this can helpful in gaining an understanding of the building processes.
One of the
lines of information we include is the PPI, (pounds per
inch immersion), the weight it takes to sink the boat one
inch [2.54 cm], this is included to give you an idea of
the effects of loading on the boat. If you normally paddle
your boat loaded close to it's capacity and you plan to go
away for the weekend and 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.
The capacities listed for kayaks are the capacities around which the boat was designed, the maximum is calculated using the methods found in the ABYC standards for small craft, which are the same as those for Canada. For kayaks these numbers are often higher than we would ever recommend you load your boat, 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 within a couple inches of the recommended loading.
capacities are listed at various sinkages, the maximum
recommend capacity given is with 7" [178mm] free board as
set by the standards ABYC H-29 (US) and TP 1332E (Canada)
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.
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