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  • Building a Wrong Cedar Dugout Outrigger Concept Canoe

    You probably know all this, and I apologize for going on. Any canoe without sufficient buoyancy will swamp. The buoyancy comes from the volume displaced, not the buoyancy of the wood. The weight of the canoe construction plus the weight of the crew can overcome a particular designʻs buoyancy. In my view, adding a little to the freeboard will do far, far more for you than adding a wooden keel.Hawaiian outrigger racing canoes when made of wood are generally 1.5-2cm rather than 4-5 cm thick. A 40-foot canoe weighs in the neighborhood of 400 pounds, but it can easily carry a 1,200-pound crew in rough water. I have a heavy 20-footer that comes in at 300, and can take it surfing with four people aboard. In the South Pacific, lagoon (flat water) canoes are built very light and with far less f...

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    You probably know all this, and I apologize for going on. Any canoe without sufficient buoyancy will swamp. The buoyancy comes from the volume displaced, not the buoyancy of the wood. The weight of the canoe construction plus the weight of the crew can overcome a particular designʻs buoyancy. In my view, adding a little to the freeboard will do far, far more for you than adding a wooden keel.Hawaiian outrigger racing canoes when made of wood are generally 1.5-2cm rather than 4-5 cm thick. A 40-foot canoe weighs in the neighborhood of 400 pounds, but it can easily carry a 1,200-pound crew in rough water. I have a heavy 20-footer that comes in at 300, and can take it surfing with four people aboard. In the South Pacific, lagoon (flat water) canoes are built very light and with far less freeboard, which is appropriate for the conditions in which they are used. Itʻs not a battleship. It needs to be as light as you can make it. The number of people the canoe is designed to carry should be able to carry the canoe as well. I wish you well, congratulations on your project and I look forward to hearing how it goes.

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