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Free Canoe Plan: Têtes de Boule Hunting Canoe

Tetes De Boule Figure 104 Free Canoe Plans

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

Tetes De Boule Figure 104 Linesplan

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The drawing package includes the full-sized study plan and each station and stem drawn separately on a PDF that prints full sized on ARCH D size paper (nestings). You can cut these out and glue them to plywood to cut full-sized forms. A pdf of the electronic drawing package. is available for this kayak. You can print the file on 24- by 36-inch paper on your own.

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