Growler is our new, highly versatile transom-stern cruising canoe, and “big sister” to our popular and highly acclaimed 12 ft. solo canoe, Newt. Growler is based on the same hull form as Newt, but is capable of carrying considerably larger loads, including up to 3 passengers.
Growler displays excellent performance with canoe paddles, and also oars, with a small skeg added to the stern for superior tracking while rowing. And, for extended cruising, she features a transom for mounting a small electric or gasoline outboard motor.
After the parts were cut from marine plywood by their grandfather, Tavish and Niam Rogers assembled their first boat using copper ring nails and polyurethane construction adhesive. The boys then painted the boat, attached foam swim “noodles” and decals to personalize this Fritz Funk design (Search “Wacky Lassie”). The boat is unsinkable and measures 11 feet six inches length, thirty inches beam at the gunnel. Puffin is propelled by double paddles that the boys helped finish.
Seven Diamonds (named for the seven ash diamonds inlaid in the sides), paddled by Mark and Sheree Hanna on Tom’s Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest will be cruising the quiet waters of northern Michigan.
Emma Grace is 8 years old. She and I built the 16-foot Chestnut Prospector in the Spring using plans from Sandy Point Boatworks. We have been enjoying it all Summer long along Florida’s Canoe Trail. This Winter we are planning to build a Glen-L 14 sailboat. Wes Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Richard Hudak, of Hilo, Hawaii, built this gleaming 16′ canoe from sugi cedar. He cut the tree down and milled the wood himself. He made the gunwale and seats from sprice, and the rails, stems, and breasthooks from koa. He made the paddle from Portuguese cypress, spruce, and sugi cedar. This photograph was taken on New Year's Eve at Reeds Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii.
I started designing her in June of 2008. I had to put her up each fall to work on Christmas presents among other projects, but launched her this past weekend. Features include an hourglass football, maple burl decks, maple veneer stripes on the gunwales, no staple construction (I bungee'd each strip to the previous one and let it dry), carved mahogany and walnut seat and yolk and sunburst pattern in the caning of the seats. Now I need to convert my utility trailer to a boat trailer so I don't beat her up on the top of my car.
JULES was launched on the island of Kauai this spring and Rob paddles her in the ocean waters behind reefs — primarily for fishing. with the outrigger, she is “stand up safe” and wonderful to fish from. Rob named JULES after his highschool sweetheart, whom he has reacquainted with after 30 years. Rob states: “throughout the three month part-time build Julie was always on my mind driving me to perfection.”