Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

10 ft. 2 in. Stickleback Canoe

Specifications

Length10 ft. 2 in.
Beam 28 in.
Depth Sheer to Keel11 in.
Approx. Weight18 lbs.
Iain Oughtred’s Stickleback
The Stickleback is a double-paddle canoe designed by Iain Oughtred. Although drawn using a glued-lapstrake plywood hull, we built our version using cedar planks and bent frames for a traditional look.

The Stickleback is a double-paddle canoe designed by Iain Oughtred.

The design is intended for glued-lap construction, but we were interested in a more traditional look, so we chose cedar planking on bent frames, similar to lapstrake canoes built in the late 19th century.

The Stickleback Canoe
The Stickleback Canoe

The 1/8" cedar planks required a bit of practice when clenching the copper tacks in the frames. We had to pre-drill and counterbore for the heads of the tacks, to avoid splitting the planks. Like some other canoes with thin planking, the frames couldn't be bent to lay flat against the planking at the laps without bending a knuckle into the frame, so most of the frames are only fastened into the garboards, broadstrakes, and sheerstrake. Tacks between the frames were omitted since they couldn't be clenched without splitting the thin beveled plank edges. This will be adequate structurally, since the 1/2" laps are glued.

We wanted the Stickleback to be as light as possible for a traditional build, so we avoided hardwoods in favor of cedar and spruce. Scantlings were kept to the bare minimum necessary, and the result is that the canoe weighs 16.5 pounds before finishing. The Stickleback Canoe
The Stickleback Canoe under construction
The Stickleback Canoe
View of the bow
The Stickleback Canoe
Detail of the framing
The Stickleback Canoe
Planking
The Stickleback Canoe
The Stickleback Canoe paddle
The Stickleback Canoe
View of the interior
The Stickleback Canoe
The back rest pivots for comfort

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