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Caribou 395

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Plans, Caribou 395 - 130 EUR Purchase

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Caribou 395 is a touring canoe for one paddler with camping equipment or two for shorter tours with not too much gear – or perhaps a paddler with a child or a dog. Short enough to be very maneuverable and combines fine ends with large volume midships. It is easily paddled and safe and dry in rapids. 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.

The longer versions, Caribou 495 and 530 are of course faster and more efficient as touring canoes, but Caribou 395 is way handier – on land and on water.

With a glued strip hull, Caribou is lighter, stronger can take a heavier load than the comparable canoes in aluminum, composite or plastics and is as maintenance-free as a composite canoe. It can take hard use just like aluminum or plastic but can be easily restored after a mishap among rocks. 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 sheet materials 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 bark canoes of the 19th century.




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Length 395
Beam 87
Draft 11
Weight 23 kg**
Displacement/volume⁶ 280 kg
Stability Hög
Intended use Touring and day trip for 1 - 2 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.


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.

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 395 - 130 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.



Spekulerar och fantiserar om framtida kanotbygge.

Caribou 395 tilltalar mig mycket för sin smidighet och sina vackra linjer.

Mitt användningsområde är väl lite flexibelt antar jag då jag redan har andra kanoter för olika scenarion. Bygger jag Caribou 395 så tänker jag att det blir mest lite såspaddling för naturupplevelsen. Kanske en liten fika i båten, kanske kommer kameran eller ett fiskespö med.

Oftast ensam eller med ett barn. Ibland med en kompis kanske.

Caribou 495 känns onödigt lång och möjligen lite smal, men kanske är 395:an väl liten?

En lite förlängd 395:a?

Jag undrar lite över angiven lastkapacitet. 220kg för 395:an och 350kg för 495:an.

Det var oväntat stor skillnad med tanke på måtten på kanoterna tycker jag?

Tack för kommentaren. Den fick mig att räkna om lastkapaciteten på alla tre Cariboumodellerna, long time overdue. Dels var de gjorda manuellt med Simpsons multipliers, som är en mycket förenklad beräkningsmetod och dels tog den inte hänsyn till Sjöfartsverkets och EU:s nya direktiv om flytkraft, fribord mm.

Ny lastkapacitet kommer att anges som 390 kg för Caribou 530, 330 kg för C495 och 275 kg för C395.

Som alltid finns det en stor marginal i ett kanotskrov. Du får lasta in 24 kg extra i en C395 för att den skall ligga 1 cm djupare i vattnet, eller totalt 755 kg innan vattnet når relingen.


gjorde en beställning på en caribou 395 för en vecka sedan idag.

hoppas bara allt e bra med dej!

tacksam för svar.

mvh Thomas

Den är på väg, lite försenad, som jag skrev i mailet till dig.

hola, soy de argentina, quiero comprar planos, quisiera saber la forma de entrega: si en en forma digital o envio por correo?

tambien las formas de pago

Hello, I am from Argentina, I want to buy plans, I would like to know the delivery method: if in digital form or sent by mail?

also the forms of payment

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