Iain Oughtred - MacGregor Canoe
15'8" Decked Version

The MacGregor is a sailing, double-paddle canoe suitable for one or two passengers (depending on the size of the cockpit you build). I needed something to occupy me during the winter months when it was too cold to work out in the garage on the sailboat. So, naturally, I knocked out a wall in the basement (not a load bearing one, mind you) and started building. According to my geometric calculations I ought to be able to get something up to 16 feet long out of my basement without having to move the soil stack or something equally as drastic, so you can see I have plenty (4") of length to spare. (Update: extraction was anticlimactic -- had to slosh a lot of stuff back and forth in the basement, but it fit out the doors with no problem.) Here are some photos with a minimum of commentary for now.

align molds

align molds

align molds

align molds

stem laminations

stem laminations

shaping a plank

shaping a plank

gluing a plank

gluing a plank

checking sheer

checking sheer

gluing on gunwale

gluing on gunwale

w/o sheer clamp

w/o sheer clamp

w/o sheer clamp

w/o sheer clamp

laminating a floor

laminating a floor

seatback etc.

seatback etc.

mast box

mast box

mast box interior

mast box interior

foreward bulkhead

foreward bulkhead

rudder blade

rudder blade

mast partner

mast partner

interior

interior

fitting mast

fitting mast

mast box

mast box

deck glue-up

deck glue-up

fore deck

foreward view

aft deck

aft view

form coaming

form coaming

yoke, rudder box & rudder

yoke, rudder box & rudder

detail

detail

coaming glue-up extravaganza

coaming glue-up extravaganza

coaming complete

coaming complete

coaming complete

coaming complete

testing alignment

testing alignment

rudder installed

rudder installed

rudder pedals & cleats

rudder pedals & cleats

some paint and brass

some paint and brass

varnishing spars

varnishing spars

extaction: forward then reverse

extraction: forward then reverse...

...all the way back...

...all the way back...

...up the stairs...

...up the stairs...

...through the door...

...through the door...

...and out!

...and out!

on the cradle

on the cradle

from astern

from astern

driveway sailing

driveway sailing

driveway sailing

driveway sailing

driveway sailing  BORDER=

driveway sailing

launch day: paddle

launch day: paddle

reefed

reefed

heeling way over :)

heeling way over :)

more sailing

more sailing

under full sail

under full sail

A log of progress showing gory details is here.

Last Update on 14 August 2009

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