Single and double kayaks with cockpits so large that they are almost open boats, with huge buoyancy. A roomy yet efficient strip-planked kayak or decked canoe for relaxed paddling and exploration. A 17-foot traditional wood-strip tandem canoe for day trips and light touring on rivers, ponds and lakes. Clinker style tandem canoe that looks very heavy but is light and easy to carry and paddle.
A hugely popular sharpie design open canoe for people who are in a hurry to get out on the water. Beautiful modern looking boats that are designed to allow everyone to enjoy being on the water.
A stylish child's kayak with excellent performance and plenty of growing room for years of use. A compact modern tandem kayak with a single large cockpit and the comfortable feeling of an open canoe. Light and easily removable outrigger floats that turn a canoe or kayak into a formidable sailing boat or a stable fishing platform. The Sassafras 16 is a traditional clinker-style tandem canoe built using modern methods to be very light, making it easy to paddle and to carry.
There is also a 12-foot solo version of the Sassafras that is paddled with a double-ended kayak paddle. The lapstrake canoe is an ancient craft, already well refined by the 1880's in the hands of artisans like J.
Building clinker canoes traditionally requires extremely sophisticated skills and equipment.
By 2011, hundreds of Sassafras canoes had been built and the 13-year-old designs were ready for freshening.
The Sassafras 16's hull is 6 mm okoume with fibreglass cloth on the lower strakes, inside and out. These plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit.
The Sassafras 16 Mark II boasts a vastly expanded builder's manual, with 115 pages and 400 photos and illustrations.

If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this will be deducted from the kit price.
The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this. After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step. Plan packages include panel cutting diagrams, details, material list and building instructions.
If you get stuck while building, take a look at our FAQ pages, where your question may have been covered. You can also build most of these designs from a kit of all plywood components, pre-cut with a CNC router. We named our first canoe kit, the Taiga, after the great north woods, where some of the largest tracts of wilderness remain. John, family and friends spirited The Taiga and three kayaks off recently for a month paddle on Canada's immense Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. If you have been waiting for a classic wood canoe, one that embodies the tradition of wilderness travel, one that will take you from your busy life to quiet solitude, one that you can proudly say you built yourself, wait no longer. These are the most versatile boats in our range: they can be paddled, rowed using a sliding seat or sailed. Named after a placid and scenic river on the upper Chesapeake, these handsome canoes are at home in rivers, lakes and bays, able enough to surmount wind chop and powerboat wakes and to carry a good load. Using CLC's LapStitch™ process, lapstrake construction is made accessible to beginners.
This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat.
Built from readily available materials by very simple methods, these little boats are within the abilities of almost anyone. The exception is the Challenger 13, which is a more advanced project and should not be tackled as a first time build. Whether you take a month and head to the far north woods or an afternoon to explore local waters, the Taiga wilderness tripper can be your key to solitude.

Check out our kit construction page to learn more about stitch and glue construction or follow Wayne Reinert's photo journal of the building process here. Read the System Three Epoxy Book to help select the appropriate epoxy and hardener for you.
The combination of lightweight utility and easy, graceful lines makes the lapstrake canoe a very desirable boat. With much feedback in hand, by 2014 we were ready to make the Sassafras 16 Mark II available to the public. The kit includes pre-drilled wire holes, puzzle joints, computer-indicated bulkhead locations and a detailed manual making this kit extremely friendly and accessible to first-time builders. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction. Hundreds have been built as first time boat projects from plans published in newspapers and magazines. With few exceptions, original tripper canoes had symmetrical re-curved ends and tumble home sides. Improvements over the 1998 original include more stability and payload without loss of speed or handling and much-simplified construction. The Taiga is the first stitch and glue canoe kit that incorporates traditional tripper canoe design. John was truly amazed at the ease with which the Taiga held pace with our Osprey Double and Arctic Tern kayaks.
Although designed with extended wilderness paddlers in mind, her easy handling, good stability and low weight make her an excellent choice for weekend and day excursions as well. Re-curved bow and stern and tumble home are characteristics that have been lost in mass produced plastic and fiberglass boats due to the difficulty of pulling them off molds. Stealthy efficiency make the Taiga WT an excellent choice for bird watching and fishing as well.

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