Course description

The "66 canoe" is a comprehensive skin-on-frame canoe building system that lets you control all of the shaping variables to build a canoe that is customized to your paddling lifestyle. This 12 hour video course and downloadable 30-page PDF plan set puts you in the classroom with me, ensuring that your first skin-on-frame build is easy, fun, and successful.

Watch the evolution of this design from concept to release on our YouTube Channel.

FIND MORE INFO ON OUR WEBSITE   //  CHECK OUT SOME STUDENT-BUILT CANOES

Generally, we refine designs for years before releasing them as student builds. This early release "beta version" was designed to offer the building system early at a lower cost to those who want to start building now.


LICENSING AGREEMENT:

See video for additional details. This online video course is intended for use by one builder only. Multiple persons may not work from a single course, with the exception of children under 18 working with an adult. Purchase allows you to build unlimited canoes for personal use or as gifts for others who ARE NOT BUILDING. Commercial use is allowed with written permission and a fee per boat, contact for details.  Violating the licensing agreement is bad karma!

Course curriculum

  • 3

    Odds and Ends

  • 4

    Canoe Plan Set

  • 5

    Various Canoe Examples

    • My Latest Thoughts on Canoe Design

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Solo Canoe with Tumblehome 15'1" x 30" 4/29/2021

    • Solo Canoe with Tumblehome 14' x 30" 6/1/2021

    • Solo Canoe 14' x 30" built by Gabe Batson (student) 2021

    • Solo canoe 14'8" x 31 1/2" built by Gabe Batson (student)

    • Student Built Tandem Canoe 16'3" x 36" 6/20/2021 (built with Yellow Cedar Ribs!)

    • Student Built Tandem 17' x 36" 2/1/2021

  • 7

    Prepping for the build

    • NEW Understanding the Rib Length System

    • NEW Layout Process Overview

    • NEW Cutting the Gunwales, Stringers, and Keel

    • NEW Rounding the Stringers

    • NEW Laying Out the Gunwales

    • NEW Measuring the Rocker Heights

    • NEW Setting Up For Laminating

    • NEW Laminating the Gunwales

    • NEW Cleaning up the Lamination and Cutting the Gunwales

    • NEW Fastening the Gunwales Together and Cutting to Length

    • Setting up the Plunge Router

    • Cutting the Mortises

    • NEW Measuring Sheer Heights

    • NEW Calculating Center Depth

    • NEW Cutting Stem Lengths and Angles

    • NEW Angled Stem Layout

    • Alternate Curved Stem Layout

    • NEW Making the Spreader Forms and Final Gunwale Prep

  • 8

    Building the deck

    • NEW Installing Spreader and Capture Forms

    • Kerfing the Gunwale Ends

    • Tying the Gunwale Tips Together

    • NEW Checking for Symmetry

    • NEW Doweling the Gunwale Tips and Trimming the Ends

    • NEW Making the Rub Rails

    • NEW Attaching Stems and Center Block

    • NEW Checking the Stem Angles and Setting the Rocker

    • NEW Temporarily Attaching the Stems to the Keel

  • 9

    Bending in the ribs

    • NEW Making the Rib Length Measuring Stick

    • NEW Prepping the Rib Stock and Cutting Ribs

    • NEW Canoe Sorting and Bending in Test Ribs

    • NEW Measuring, Cutting, and Rounding the Ribs

    • NEW Thinning the Ends of the Ribs

    • NEW Setting up for Steam Bending

    • NEW Some Tips for Steam Bending the Ribs (text only)

    • NEW Additional Steam Bending Techniques

    • NEW Steam Bending the Ribs

    • Steam Bending the Ribs (optional older video)

    • Steam bending ribs in a full size, single blade canoe (another optional older video)

    • Pegging the Ribs

  • 10

    Attaching stems and stringers

    • NEW Setting the Stringers

    • Winding Lashing Spools

    • Lashing on the Stringers

    • NEW Re-Checking the Rocker

    • NEW Fixing Shaping Issues

    • NEW Modifying or Replacing Ribs (if needed)

    • NEW Adding Progressive End Rocker

    • NEW Shaping the Stems

    • NEW Tapering the Keel (if needed) and Permanently Attaching the Stems

    • Trimming and Fairing in the Stringers

    • NEW Tying the Stringers to the Stems

    • NEW Planning for the Mast Step Location

    • Fixing Wobbly Stringers

  • 11

    Finishing and oiling the frame

    • Pegging the Keel to the Stem

    • NEW Reinforcing the Keel

    • NEW Final Keel Symmetry Check

    • NEW Shimming and Lashing the Keel to the Ribs

    • NEW Adding Sheer Blocks

    • NEW Cleaning up the Frame

    • NEW Choosing and Marking the Canoe Seat Locations (single blade canoes only)

    • Canoe Seat Location Recommendations (text only)

    • NEW Installing Seat Blocking (single blade canoes only)

    • NEW Alternate Seat Blocking Method (single blade canoes only)

    • NEW Oiling the Frame

    • NEW Adding Tumblehome (recent course addition)

    • Attaching the Mast Step

  • 12

    Skinning the canoe

    • NEW Skinning Supplies

    • NEW Skinning Process Overview / Draping the Fabric

    • NEW Pinning the Stem

    • NEW Cutting and Sewing the Stem for a CENTER STITCH

    • NEW Cutting and Sewing the Stem for a SIDE STITCH (use for Stem Bands)

    • NEW Shortening the Fabric

    • NEW Stretching the Fabric and Pinning the Keel

    • NEW Wetting and Stapling the Fabric

    • NEW Clamping and Fastening the Rub Rails

    • NEW Cutting and Sewing the Tops of the Stems

    • NEW Final Rocker Check / Tuning

    • NEW Trimming the Excess Fabric

    • NEW Shrinking out Wrinkles (usually not neccesary)

    • Setting Up for Dyeing the Canoe

    • NEW Dyeing the Fabric

  • 13

    Coating the canoe

    • NEW Coating Supplies

    • NEW Coating Process Overview

    • NEW Batch Size and Working Time

    • NEW Straightening the Keel, and Setting up the Workspace

    • NEW Mixing the Polyurethane

    • NEW Initial Saturation Coat

    • NEW Second Coat

    • NEW Smoothing Imperfections

    • NEW Final Coat and Finishing Touches

    • NEW Additional Coats, Fixing a Sticky Canoe

  • 14

    Finishing Full-Size Canoes (see next chapter for pack canoes)

    • NEW Setting Up for Installing Seats and Thwarts (full size canoe)

    • NEW Installing Canoe Seats and Thwarts (full size canoe)

    • NEW Alternate Seat Block Drilling Method (use when a seat must be mounted above AND below the gunwales)

    • Installing Stem Bands and Rub Strips (use this video for installing Brass or 1/4" thick HDPE)

    • NEW Installing Acetal/Delrin Rub Strips or Stem Bands

    • NEW Alternate Catamaran Method

  • 15

    Finishing Pack Canoes

    • Self-rescue Loop Overview

    • Attaching the Pad Eyes

    • Tying the Shock Cord

    • Catamaran Overview

    • Rounding and Marking the Outriggers

    • Determining Outrigger Spacing

    • Piloting Outrigger Holes and Gluing in Pegs

    • Combination Portage Yoke / Backrest

    • Pack Canoe Seating Options

    • Making Removable Floorboards

    • Flotation Strategies

    • Canoe Self Rescue

  • 16

    Appendix

    • Setting Up for Riser-Mounted Seats

    • Setting the Riser Blocks

    • Piloting and Screwing the End Seats

  • 17

    Sail building

    • Sail Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Sail Supplies

    • Sail Tools

    • Determining Mast Length

    • Cutting the Mast and Inserting the Tiller Extension

    • Attaching the Canoe Mast Step

    • Marking and Riveting the Mast Attachment

    • Sail Size and Shape Discussion

    • Planning the Sail

    • Planning the Sail UPDATE

    • Cutting and Marking the Sail

    • Setting up the Sewing Machine and Taping the Sail

    • Sewing the Sail

    • Making the Battens

    • Drilling the Battens and Tying on Control Lines

    • Modifying the Clam Cleats

    • Attaching the Clam Cleats to the Canoe

    • Rigging the Canoe

    • Sailing Your Canoe

    • Canoe and Kayak Sailing Safety

5 star rating

This Rocks!

John Passacantando

So far, it's brilliant. This isn't just a step by step guide, follow the bouncing ball and boat comes out at the end. These plans are taking me through an ...

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So far, it's brilliant. This isn't just a step by step guide, follow the bouncing ball and boat comes out at the end. These plans are taking me through an educational journey and the end product will simply reflect what I've learned along the way. This is a wonderful approach to teaching, I'm loving this.

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Skin-on-Frame Canoe Building Course

Jeff Dahlquist

This is an excellent course that Brian has created. He explains step by step with both text and videos how to build a canoe. You can work at your own pace go...

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This is an excellent course that Brian has created. He explains step by step with both text and videos how to build a canoe. You can work at your own pace go back and view the videos as many time as you want. His system and techniques to build a canoe are well thought out and work. The canoe I built is a lot of fun to paddle. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to build their own canoe.

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It doesn't get any better than this

Matthew Harding

I've spent a good deal of time and research preparing for a skin-on-frame canoe build. I've thoroughly looked at every site I could find, examined the build...

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I've spent a good deal of time and research preparing for a skin-on-frame canoe build. I've thoroughly looked at every site I could find, examined the building methods, construction approach, and watched countless youtube videos on the subject (much to my wife's chagrin). Being an engineer for an aerospace engineering company, my expectations for attention to detail are quite high. Brian's content is far and away superior to anything on the market. His building methods are proven and sound, adaptable to many canoe sizes and shapes, the videos are outstanding and very professional, and his license agreement is as fair as they come. I purchased his course and am partway through the build and I can say he has easily surpassed my expectations and the build so far has been a pleasure because I know exactly what to do, what to expect, and what mistakes to avoid. If you are considering building a skin-on-frame canoe, you've come to the right place, for this price you are getting an amazing deal and an excellent product.

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Great course!

Kevin Pauba

Although I don't plan on building a SOF canoe for another few years, this was too good of a deal to pass up. I don't think this construction method will bec...

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Although I don't plan on building a SOF canoe for another few years, this was too good of a deal to pass up. I don't think this construction method will become obsolete anytime soon either. A very professional how-to course. Brian is an excellent presenter with the know-how to make the subject matter understandable and doable by anyone. I wished I had discovered this when my kids were younger as building a set of canoes together would have been a great shared experience.

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Great nesting canoes

Ryan Seapy

I built a pair of nesting canoes. The course provided all the info needed for someone who hasn't ever done woodworking. The canoes are well balanced and work...

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I built a pair of nesting canoes. The course provided all the info needed for someone who hasn't ever done woodworking. The canoes are well balanced and worked great on a 15 mile river trip. I'm looking forward to taking it back out now that I have a greenland paddle.

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amazing

Jane Stoykov

every single step was an adventure. Every single thing was new to me but I've done all the steps instructed and safe. A safe way to to get from nothing to fu...

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every single step was an adventure. Every single thing was new to me but I've done all the steps instructed and safe. A safe way to to get from nothing to full satisfaction.

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Excellent Course

Shawn Calhoun

I definitely feel much more confident after watching this course, a lot of great material and little bits of critical information. Will definitely be referri...

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I definitely feel much more confident after watching this course, a lot of great material and little bits of critical information. Will definitely be referring back to it as the build progresses!

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Excellent instruction.

Royce Kessler

Good pace, with sufficient information to learn the process without being too detailed.

Good pace, with sufficient information to learn the process without being too detailed.

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Canoe 66

William Glendinning

Good overview and sequence of steps to take to due build. Enjoy ablitity to review certain sections repeatable times to understand key points and values....

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Good overview and sequence of steps to take to due build. Enjoy ablitity to review certain sections repeatable times to understand key points and values. Worth the $$$ spent to insure one's ablitity to build said canoe.

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Building two pack canoes

Martin Hill

This has been a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing project to do. The plans and videos are really detailed and well produced.. At every stage Brian shares hi...

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This has been a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing project to do. The plans and videos are really detailed and well produced.. At every stage Brian shares his wealth of experience, always clear, always helpful. On a couple of occasions I checked things out with Brian and he was very quick to email a response. I made two pack canoes and because of the pandemic restrictions in the UK have only given them a brief outing but they feel great. The course is excellent, the canoes look and feel great.

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