Capitan Morgans Canoe – Straking

~ Continued from “The Skeleton”

So with the skeleton/frame complete I figure out the cuts for the strakes in AutoCAD. Strakes are the panels or planks that make up the skin of a canoe or water craft.

I then print out the design on A3 sheets and tape it to the 4mm marine ply which I’m using for the cladding.

The strakes were then cut out.

Then attached to the skeleton.


I moved outside and started stitching the remaining strakes together.

At this point I had loosely stitched up the majority of the canoe, except for the ends.

I wasn’t confident enough with what I came up with in CAD so I had not cut the ends of the strakes to ensure I could get the curve I wanted. So I had to clamp the ends tight and stitch up my freehand curve inside of the cut that was going to be made. I then freehanded a jigsaw away from the line for later filing and sanding back.

I then put a couple of temporary gunwals and spreader on so I could carry the shell without it collapsing.

Capitan Morgans Canoe – The skeleton

~ Continued from “The First Cut”

So the templates for the skeleton have been cut out and its time to form the strongback to hold them. I had some kitchen laminate board lying around so I decided to box it up and attached the skeleton with droppers down to the strongback. The strongback is there as something to fix to, keep everything straight and be able to do measurements from. How I did it was fairly dodgy as it had about a 10mm bow in it if supported in the center only, but with taking this into account it worked. There are way better examples of how you should do it on the internet, most involve having the strongback inside the frame pieces. You would cutout holes in each piece and slide them over the strongback. Anyway, heres some pictures…
strongback with droppers

strongback with droppers heights correct

Continues with “Straking” ~