11' Little Kate Plans

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Our LITTLE KATE open canoe is a modification of the classic John Rushton Wee Lassie design which he was producing over a hundred years ago. The originals were of lapstrake Cedar planking but we have modified the design so that it can be built using the frameless ply/epoxy or stitch and tape construction. Four planks are used per side and these are simply stitched together edge to edge with wire and sealed with resin/tape or epoxy fillets. She can be made from a couple of sheets of 4mm ply and she weighs around 20 lbs. She is an ideal single canoe for portaging around normally inaccessible back waters. Length 11’6’’ (3.5m); Beam 27’’ (0.69m).

NOTE - the plans now give the plank shapes for a 32" beam version for greater carrying capacity.

Little Kate Particulars

LOA 11'6" 3.50m
Beam 27" and 32" 0.69m and 0.81m
Hull Mid Depth 9 3/4" 0.25m
Approx. Dry Weight 20lbs 9kg
Approx. Capacity 300lbs and 400lbs 136kg and 181kg

Hull Shape

Multi chine - narrow beam version with 4 and 5 plank versions - wider beam with 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape but mould drawing also given for 4 plank narrow and wide beam clinker version
Plywood Requirements 2 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use General purpose single adult or child
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 sheets plus 4 x A4 instruction sheets

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