This is the Selway Fisher version of an old favourite - the Prospector type open canoe. The original Prospectors were originally designed in Canada and known as the "workhorse of the North". They had to have a good carrying capacity for all of the Prospector's gear and they had to work well through white water and wilderness. The bow and stern are relatively full and she has good freeboard amidships to keep her crew dry. The well rockered keel line makes her highly maneuverable and the tumblehome in her topsides makes her both stable and easy to paddle. She is constructed using simple stitch and tape techniques and she has 5 planks per side giving her a well rounded and graceful appearance.
Below is an example by Joe Rutland winning the Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge at the 2012 Beal Park Show - photo by Kathy Mansfield for the Watercraft Magazine.
|Hull Mid Depth||13"||0.33m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||60lbs||27kg|
|Multi-chine with 4 planks per side|
|Construction Method||Stitch and tape - moulds also given for clinker ply|
|Plywood Requirements||3 - 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm|
|Guidance Use||General purpose with 2 adults plus gear - also sailing|
|Drawing/Design Package||3 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction sheets|