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.