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:
17′ 
0″
Beam:
4′ 
6″
LWL:
14′ 
6″
Draft:
0′ 
10″
Design or Class: 
Liberty 17
Home Port: 
Brighton, Ontario
Designer: 
Bert Bowers
Boat Type: 
Lug rigged sailboat
Rig: 
Lug
Gross Displacement: 
750 lbs.
Sail Area: 
80
Builder Name: 
Bert Bowers
Location Built: 
Brighton, Ontario
Year Built: 
2011
Owner Name: 
Bert Bowers
Owner Country: 
Canada
Posted on:
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:48am
Last modified on:
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:28pm