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    Sailling Canoe Geometry

    Hello,

    I'm starting in on the design of a sailing/solo canoe for messing about on rivers near Philadelphia, but also the occasional lake trip in the Adirondacks or jaunt in the Pamlico Sound. My current leaning is towards Walter Dean's Sunnyside Cruiser from Canoecraft, possibly shortened to 14 feet, or modified to have a shallow v hull with a little rocker. Anyone sail a Sunnyside or even paddle one?

    If someone has another suggestion, strip built or not (I believe I could figure out how to make it strip built in any case) I'd like to hear from you.
    Trevor Walsh
    TWDesignShop

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    "Anything seems possible when you don't know what you're doing."

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    Trevor,
    I don't know anything about sailing and not too much more about canoes. I do have plans to build a stitch and glue plywood canoe from an outfit called Selway/Fisher. They are based in the UK and many of their canoe plans include mods to accommodate sail . The particular model I plan to build has plans for mast, leeboard, etc. included at no additional cost. I have dealt with them twice and they have been accommodating and timely.

    Best Regards,
    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lehn View Post
    Trevor,
    I don't know anything about sailing and not too much more about canoes. I do have plans to build a stitch and glue plywood canoe from an outfit called Selway/Fisher. They are based in the UK and many of their canoe plans include mods to accommodate sail . The particular model I plan to build has plans for mast, leeboard, etc. included at no additional cost. I have dealt with them twice and they have been accommodating and timely.


    Best Regards,
    Ken

    I've also dealt with Selway Fisher and found them to be very helpful. They're quick to reply to my questions and the plans I've ordered arrived much quicker than expected considering the distance, customs, etc.
    Mac

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    The most beautiful and well-balanced sailing canoe is Oughtred's MacGregor. I believe there are two or three length options. I built the 15.5' version or thereabout- long ago. It is glued lapstraje but could be built with strips- although the aesthetics just won't be the same.

    Sailing canoes benefit from long, flat waterlines and river canoes benefit from more rocker. As long as you are talking flatwater rivers, it's no issue. I am not familiar with your area.

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    Another good link to some great information on Canoe Sailing is; http://www.solwaydory.co.uk/
    They're very creative and their designs are clean and well thought out.

    Mac

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