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Photograph by Roger McKee

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Photographed on Upper St. Regis Pond in the Adirondacks, this double paddle canoe was built by Pete Hornbeck, the man who got me started on these light boats. Sorry it's not one of ours, but I couldn't resist the great shot.
The stringers on this red boat are ripped from 5/4" clear pine, just wide enough to give them a batten look. The skin has several coats of Zar water-base polyurethane with red pigment mixed in.
A 10' solo and a 15 1/2" tandem. Note that the solo is narrow-ended. We achieve this by simply moving the two end forms two inches toward the center. We have rigged the Tandem boat with two backrests and a carrying yoke. While typically we build these boats with three backrests so that the boat could be paddled solo as well as tandem, this couple planned to use their canoe exclusively for tandem tripping.
Note that the inwales in this boat are fitted into the deck. In our standard boats the inwales butt against the deck where they are glued and screwed -- a simple, effective method for people new to boat building.
We have trimmed out this boat in cherry. Our standard boats have northern white cedar backrests with mahogany rims, ash or fir floorboards, and foam or ash seats.Though difficult to see from this angle, this seat is contoured.
Here's an example of the ash floorboards, cedar/mahogany backrest, and foam seat mentioned above. The floorboards, a bit off center, have not yet been lashed in place. In our canoes, we typically we join our floorboards with cross pieces so they can be removed as a unit.
We built this narrow-ended solo boat for the Housatonic Valley Association to offer at its fall auction.
Time to take home a week's work -- a 15 1/2' tandem/solo.