11' Little Kate Plans
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 11â6ââ (3.5m); Beam 27ââ (0.69m).
NOTE - the plans now give the plank shapes for a 32" beam version for greater carrying capacity.
Little Kate Particulars
|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|
|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|