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Caribou 530

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Caribou

Plans, Caribou 530 - 114 EUR Purchase

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Caribou 530 is a touring canoe for 2 to 3 persons with gear. Long enough to combine fine ends with large volume midships, it is easily paddled and safe and dry in rapids. A long canoe is also easier to pole over shallows and upstream. The rounded bottom and almost vertical sides combine strength and low weight and keep green water outside the canoe. Caribou is modeled after a legendary American guide canoe from the twenties. A guide canoe was the working craft for transporting recreational hunters och fishermen out in the wilderness. More often than not the guide alone paddled and the daily distances could be awesome. To compete successfully for customers the guide needed a fast, roomy, easily propelled canoe in which he could safely tackle the rapids without upsetting the passenger.

With a glued strip hull, Caribou is lighter, stronger can take a heavier load and needs no maintenance. The stems are slightly higher then they would have been 70 years ago, as the risk of meeting speedboats with huge wakes has increased. The hull form, on the other hand, is too good to be tampered with and since strips, as opposed to aluminum, plywood, veneer etc can be coaxed into any conceivable form, there is no need to compromise. Building your own canoe from a good set of plans is a good way to rediscover the superb qualities of the birch canoes of the 19th century.

Images

Caribou 530, byggd av Björn NilssonCaribou 530 byggd i western red cederCaribou 530 byggd av skolelever i FinspångCaribou 530 byggd av skolelever i FinspångCaribou 530 byggd av skolelever i Finspång

Particulars

Caribou 495

Length 530 cm *
Beam 91 cm
Draft 11 cm
Weight 27 kg**
Load capacity 450 kg
Stability high
Intended use Touring and day trips for 1 to 3 persons with gear.

* These dimensions can be adapted to suit personal needs or wishes.
** Depending on type of wood, equipment, care with epoxy usage, sanding etc. etc.

Plans

The plan sheets contain the information needed to build the kayak/canoe. Station molds, stems and construction details are full scale. For kayaks the recommended cockpit size is shown half scale with offsets for a full scale drawing and advice on altering the size. On the plans you will also find advice on how to shorten or lengthen the craft. Lines and construction drawings are in metric scale 1:10.

Caribou 530 ritningsblad

The illustrated step-by-step building manual is in Swedish only, but it is available online in English: it covers all steps in detail and will guide first-time builders through the project.

Plans, Caribou 530 - 114 EUR Purchase

Caribou – background and history

From the end of the 20th century, canvas-sheated canoes were built in US NE and Canada SE, by among others E. M. White in Gilman Falls, E. M. White CanoesEvan H. Gerrish in Bangor, B.N. Morris in Veazie – to be followed later by Old Town Canoe Company, Chestnut Canoe Company, Carleton Canoe et al. A canoe could be purchased for approx $25.

Caribou is inspired by a legendary guide canoe from the 20th – E.M. White 18'. A guide canoe was used by competent wilderness guides taking tourists out on lakes and rivers to fish and hunt. To compete successfully it took a fast and easily maneuvered canoe with a substantial load capacity that could bring the tourists safely through white water portions of the rivers.

Comments

Hej!

Det är två olika uppgifter angående pris på ritningssats på Caribou 530.

Det står 900:- i rubriken och det står 850:- i rutan där det går att beställa.

Magnus

Ett slarvfel i samband med senaste uppdatering av sajten. Priset hämtas normalt från databasen men råkade vara hårdkodat på ett ställe på sidan. 900:- är rätt pris.

Björn

Hallo,

I am interessted in the "Caribou 530".

How much ist the price for the complete kid?

How difficult is it for an average qualified worker to biult the canoe?

Do I need special tools?

Is the plan also available in english?

Thank you very much!

Hallo,

the CARIBOU 530 is building with Ply or ceadar stripes?

How much ist the price for the complete kid?

thanks for INFOS

Jürgen

Caribou 530 is a strip canoe and recommended woods may be fir, spruce, western red cedar or paulownia.

A kit can be purchased from fx Petruskajak in Tranås, Sweden (call or email him for a quote), but international shipment is a major cost and it is usually better to buy materials from a local supplier.

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