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Champlain 16 by D. Scot Williams, Knoxville, TN, USA

Posted on March 22 2014

By D. Scot Williams

Having been a professional cabinetmaker for nearly 30 years, I felt it was high time I built not only something for myself, but something that had function.

The thought occurred to me when a fishing guide in northern Maine showed up in a 20' cedar strip he had built.  All day I kept thinking "I love fishing and time on the water.  I'm a cabinetmaker.  I should build a canoe!"

I chose the Champlain 16 plan.  I was attracted to the severe recurve in the bow and stern, and looked forward to the steam bending that would be required.  I utilized African mahogany for much of the trim, which complimented the western red cedar nicely.  The only real challenge was working with the fiberglass and resin, which I had never done.

The boat is fast but a bit more 'tippy' than expected.  If you plan much solo paddling, I would suggest moving the location of the rear seat forward.

Over the years, there have been countless projects come out of my shop that I take great pride in.  None, however, like this canoe. Thanks for a great set of plans.



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