HOWB 113 – Wooden Boat Dan on Building the 12′ Sassafras Canoe

by admin on November 21, 2013

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This episode is an interview with myself on building the 12′ Sassafras Canoe.  I started the canoe in January 2012 and completed it in May 2013.  Go to Launch to see a video of launch day 😀

I spent a total of 140 hours building the boat from plans in The Canoe Shop book (available on Amazon).  It took approximately 60 hours to assemble the boat, and 80 hours to glass the bottom and inside and finish the outside of the boat. This included applying 3 coats of epoxy to all surfaces; fairing, filling, priming, and painting 3 coats on the bottom, and applying 7 coats of varnish to the gunwales and interior of the boat!  And all this included hours and hours of sanding!!!

The cost of building the boat was just under $700 and she came out beautiful.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full recording on how and why I built this particular boat!

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

My canoe Chelan is smooth, light and fun on the water.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

My canoe Chelan is smooth, light and fun on the water. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Here are all the half panels ready to be scarfed end to end and stitched together to make the canoe.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Here are all the half panels ready to be scarfed end to end and stitched together to make the canoe. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Laying out the panels and fairing with a batten.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Laying out the panels and fairing with a batten. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Freshly cut scarf joints.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Freshly cut scarf joints. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Stitching the hull together. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Stitching the hull together. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Thanks Dan for taking time to record the interview.  Best to you all in your wooden boat adventures!

Assembled SCAMP Kit for Sale

Here’s the latest video of my SCAMP progress.  To see full updates, costs and hours spent, go to HookedOnWoodenBoats.com/SCAMP. She is for sale as a fully assembled kit ($7,200).  Save yourself 200 hours and buy her assembled 😀

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