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.”
Glen Rahtz has been busy: he built three canoes and launched an outboard skiff that he restored over the course of 2010-2011. The new solo canoe featured here was designed by Glen to be "versatile: fast and stable to handle large wakes on the Ohio River or enjoy a long trip on a calm river or lake." Strip-built of red cedar and redwood sheathed in polyester fiberglass, the trim is ash, and the decks are black walnut (which was salvaged from firewood). The lakes in Ohio state parks as well as the Ohio River will be the canoe's home waters.
Since 2001, Camp Winona in Bridgton, ME, has offered its 13- to 16-year-old campers a chance to build a canoe each summer. By 2004 they had built four E.M. White 18' trip canoes, which they use in their canoe trip program. This canoe was launched August 1, 2004. The pictured campers are (left to right) Christian Smith, Joe Polivka, Ted Pejeau, and Will Mayner.
Doug Puckering launched two boats in May of 2004: a Steve Killing-designed 17' canoe and a Joe Greeley-designed 16'10' kayak. The canoe has a beam of 33-1/3" and weighs 50 pounds. Doug plans to use it in canoe segment of the Ski-to-Sea race on the Nooksack River. He used red cedar for the strip planking, Honduras mahogany for the trim, and yellow cedar for the sheer stripes.
Hugh Groth has built seven canoes but this is the first strip-built one, and the first one he designed himself. He designed it specifically for he and his wife to use together, moving the stern seat forward to improve balance. Hugh says it tracks well, is surprisingly fast, and comfortable with its curved cane seats. Hugh adds that he would love to hear from anyone interested in building one of these. Contact him at email@example.com.