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LE CANARD


le Canard at dock in Gosport, ON 2013
le Canard first sail
le Canard
Le Canard sailing
Liberty a pedal boat made from the mold build on the hull of le Canard

le Canard is a boat that I originally designed as a pedal powered launch. The hull was built of cold molded western red cedar in 1987 to serve as a plug for a mold to build the launch in composite construction. Years later, I removed the extensive interior framework from the plug and built a deck and installed a rudder on the hull. In 2011, I completed the hull and sailed it using the rig from my shellback dinghy. In 2012 I built a hollow mast using the bird’s mouth method and had a sail made by Somerset Sails in Barker, NY. In 2013 I made a smaller daggerboard with the leading edge at a 45 degree angle, enabling me to sail right through the weed beds that are such a nuisance with a vertical daggerboard. It sails very well with this small daggerboard as the hull itself has a fair amount of lateral resistance and great directional stability.



DESIGN SPECS
LOA (feet):
17′ 
0″
Beam (feet):
4′ 
6″
LWL (feet):
14′ 
6″
Draft (feet):
0′ 
10″
Home Port:
Brighton, Ontario
Designer:
Bert Bowers
Design or Class:
Liberty 17
Boat Type:
Lug rigged sailboat
Rig:
Lug
Gross Displacement:
750 lbs.
Sail Area:
80
Builder:
Bert Bowers
Location Built:
Brighton, Ontario
Year Built:
2011
Owner Name:
Bert Bowers
Owner Country:
Canada
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