20' Freight

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This canoe has been designed for a client who wanted a canoe which would take a crew of 8 or so adolescents. She is designed to be built and transported in two halves (although she can be built in one piece) and bolted together at the waters edge. Construction is based upon the simple stitch and tape method using pre-shaped hull panels. Buoyancy may be built-in under the seats or these areas may be used for stowage. She may use a similar sail plan to that shown for the 20’ Sea Jay and she can be fitted with outriggers.

Large canoes of this type were used for transporting freight in North America and we have retained the same type of hull section which has tumblehome to produce a wide waterline beam. She has 4 planks per side with a shallow ‘V’ to the bottom. She uses approximately 8 sheets of 6mm Exterior or Marine plywood and weight will be approximately 180 lbs. See Wilfried G. Stuckmann's website for a Freight 20' under construction.

20' Freight Particulars

LOA 20' 6.1m
Beam 53" 1.34m
Hull Mid Depth 21" 0.53m
Approx. Dry Weight 180lbs 81.63m
Approx. Capacity 1600lbs 726kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 6-8 sheets of 6mm depending on fit-out
Guidance Use Load carrying - up to 5 or 6 crew
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings + 7 A4 instruction sheets

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