Familyman suggested I write a bit and post here about my familys under construction "Canoe"....Chips Ark, Ship ,whatever ~LOL!!~~ ( Names gonna be "Helenwater", joining our boats HelenBack, HelenGone and CrazyHelen) but best known for now as an Umiaq.
So its to be 36 feet overall , when I trim the "Horns', 7 feet 9 inches wide and 26 inches of Freeboard from the Keel, with 1-1/2 inches of dead rise, so its nearly flat bottomed.
Should draft 3-4 inches of water, and 6-8 when loaded, to 12 with a full 2 ton load, or so Ive been finding in Estemate.
Great for the whole Family , pull to shore, unload and remove to flip for a dry windproof shelter to make the center of our camp.
Its built a bit Beefy, but I figure undersail , the extra keel and floorboard weights should be justifyed. The local Inupiaq did just that when they eveolved the local designs to accomadate a Mast and sail power.
I laminated plywoods to make the stem and stern, scarffed and layerd 2X6 for a Keel and used some very nicely grained Cedar planks that I scarfed, glued and lashed, after being cut into 4 long beams for the chines and gunwales.
The headboards are 2inch thick ply, Mortised onto the stem and stern, and Im gonna secure it
My stringers, Thwarts and seats will all be added after I shape and fit the ribs by Mortise/tenon and lashing, just like a basket sled.
A foot tall spray skirt will prop up and add that much more freeboard in heavy seas.
The shallow draft is perfect for our shallow Kotzebue Sound and rivers, lakes, ect.
easily carried by 6, but quite "rollable' with 2 or 3 up the shore.
Lightweight and repairable nearly anywhere with hand tools and materials found out there, it should last a great many years.
The ribs, outter stringers and ribs are local dense stunted Spruce, and in this condition are much much stronger than cut wood, but the Cedar is so clear and long grained.
Spo far its been assembled, measured, dissambled, worked, reassembled and done again, again,again,again and again....
Ballistic Nylon and some sorta sealant should do fine and so far the only cost occurd, other than an electric blii for my tools had been 600$$ or so for the skin, ropes, tying twine and nails. The sealant will probly add another 200$ , but a 36 foot hunting boat that carrys the whole family, Motor'd, Sailed, Poled, Pushed and Paddled should do us all well. With the family along, the boat will be "Home" and the need to return to the Winter structure we call a House won't arise till School starts in late August, then I get the kids to watch themselfs while I spend my days upriver hunting Caribou, filling this baby to the hilt ~~LOL!!~~