I'm about to embark into the unknown. I've got some time on my hands & want to build a freighter canoe for cruising the SE Alaskan Pacific, the braided glacier rivers, & the large lakes of the Yukon. I want to power via a Copperhead motor.
The way I understand these motors to work you want a canoe with wide hips & a big arse, since all the weight will be in the back of the canoe. I considered a remote steering station in the middle of the canoe, but that would go against the grain of being simple & lightweight.
Considering doing it in stitch & glue or cedar strip. I've done both before. It is an interesting design, because I can see it being a planing vessel with little to no weight & a displacement vessel when she's chock-a-block full of camping gear, moose carcass, et al.
So you gents that have experience in this regard; What should I be paying close attention to & what is no big deal. I'm thinking something with splash rails, easily removable front 1/3 skirt or =, quite a bit of freeboard, oar locks for emergencies, 19.5 feet give or take a foot, 4.25' max. width, some type of sacrificial bottom material that can be easily maintained, ... What is important & what is not? Give me some ideas? Want to use the lowest weight copperhead, but still be able to plow thru a headwind on a big lake or mild ocean.