So here's the next boat I am going to build. It's a tandem canoe from JEM Watercraft. I decided to go with someone else's design to learn a bit about building something on this scale, and in the hopes that the entire process will go quickly. This needs to get done before the end of summer. I chose this particular one for the following reasons:
- It's stitch-and-glue plywood construction - meaning you basically cut out the plywood panels, fix them together and wrap the whole thing in fiberglass. One of the quickest ways to make a boat.
- The geometry is fairly pleasing for a stich-and-glue boat. I wanted some tumblehome, and it's here.
- The designers included estimates of time and costs on their website, which made it easier to see what I was getting myself into.
- It's called the Merrimac! (I'm from Missouri.)
So that's that. There is still much to do.
- Get a vehicle for moving plywood and/or boats around.
- Get Canadian driver's license, registration, and insurance for said vehicle.
- Get all the necessary tools and supplies.
- Build the thing.
- Find someone to go floating with!
I'll keep you posted.
PS - I built the paper model from a thesis draft in about an hour. I expect the real boat to take a bit longer - maybe two hours??