This is the third and last Têtes de Boule canoe that appears in Edwin Tappan Adney’s and Howard I. Chapelle’s The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America. Its 11-foot length falls between the other two and seems to combine attributes of a modern-style solo tripping boat and a pack canoe. At the 6-inch waterline, the canoe displaces 360 lbs, which mean a boat built to 40 lbs can carry 320 lbs. and still have 6 inches of freeboard. Like the other Têtes de Boule canoes, this one has high ends, a flat bottom and rocker that rises near the ends. The ends are narrow, but slightly less so than the others. This should be a nice solo fishing canoe — something to go out in when distance isn’t a concern.
Length: 11 feet 8 inches
Width: 29 inches
Depth: 12 1/2 inches
Canoe Building Books
To build a canoe from these free plans, you need information on how to do it. Buy one of these two books to get started.
- Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction.
- Building a Strip Canoe, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Gil Gilpatrick
- Consider buying The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America for more info about this canoe.
For a more in-depth list, check out my canoe and kayak building books review.
- Free Canoe Plan: Têtes de Boule Hunting Canoe Plans