As a student of Ted Moores' WoodenBoat School class, David Racicot worked on this strip-built Freedom 17 canoe, designed by Steve Killing. David took it home and launched it in September 2002 at Suffolk, VA. He used cedar strip with ash inwales and thwarts, cherry outwales, curly maple decks with a mahogany accent. David reports that the canoe is lightweight, fast, and a joy to paddle on Chesapeake Bay.
Builder Byron Marks writes that this canoe, launched Sept 3, 2002, roughly follows the lines of the Freedom 17 designed by Steve Killing (found in "Canoecraft" by Ted Moores). For the hull, he used white cedar with walnut accents. Laminated walnut, cherry, and tiger maple form the wales, while the stems are formed from laminated maple and cherry. The seats are hand caned on tiger maple frames, and the decks are made from book-matched crotch maple. He and his wife, Cindy, use the canoe for fishing and paddling on the lakes and streams of Kentucky and Ohio.