Oar and Outrigger

taught by Brian Schulz

Course description

This video series walks you through the techniques, tricks, and systems I've developed over the years to help beginners build strong, lightweight, and finely crafted oars on the first try. The accompanying plan set serves as a quick reference for tool and wood selection, various building jigs, oar dimensions, and outrigger geometry.

The oars in these plans were originally modified from the Grant pattern Adirondack Guideboat oars. We have changed the dimensions slightly to accommodate for the softwood loom, added a slight increase in blade width due to the shorter length, and squared the upper loom so the oar  can be used in a fixed pin configuration, or can be rounded for a free floating, featherable oar.

Our simple outrigger design can be mounted onto any Cape Falcon 66 Canoe and any other canoe with a robust enough gunwale to support the attachment point. With this simple fixed-seat rowing system, you can easily switch between rowing and paddling your canoe without a complex set up or break down. Enjoy the video course and the plans!

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Brian Schulz
Brian Schulz

Hi, I'm Brian Schulz, owner and instructor for Cape Falcon Kayak. I've been teaching skin-on-frame boatbuilding since 2002. I'm passionate about skin boat design and and helping people learn this amazingly easy and fun boat building system. My other passions include sustainable agriculture, natural building, and off-grid living. Enjoy the classes, and email me if you have any questions.