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Singoalla is a double paddle canoe, a type of craft intended for a single person and propelled, like a kayak, with a double paddle. While very popular in North America, it is almost unknown in Sweden. The double paddle canoe is easier to paddle and to handle than a Canadian canoe. and with the double paddle, more efficient in shallow waters. It is also safer and drier in waves, as the paddler sits low and amidships in the hull. Compared to a kayak the double paddle canoe is easier to carry, transport and store. It is also easier to pack, to enter and exit, and it allows comfortable changes of position.
For a solo paddler who has no intention of learning more than the first 180° of the Eskimo roll, and who will paddle mostly in semi-protected waters a double paddle canoe might represent the better choice. Or why not reduce the risk of vacation conflicts by paddling two small canoes instead of having to cooperate in one double. Imagine not having to agree on the pace, to make small detours on a whim, to look at birds or whatever - and to admire or take photos of the other boat and know that your own looks just as good. Double paddle canoes tend to be pretty boats, with long, low profiles and fine ends. They are user-friendly – easily put on the water and docile once there. If you build one, the chance is you will really use it.
Lars-Olov Danielsson's blog shows in photos and text how he built his beautiful Singoalla. It is in Swedish only, but the photos are mostly self-explanatory, and if not, there is always Google translate.
||Touring and day trips for a single person with gear in protected waters.
¹ These dimensions can be adapted to suit personal needs or wishes.
² 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, Singoalla - 96 EUR
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A lone paddler, not interested in the open sea or rough conditions, the Singoalla can be an ideal craft for day trips or longer tours in protected waters. Or why not minimize the risk of conflicts by paddling two Singoalla instead of sharing one k2 or larger? No need to sync your stroke cadence and nothing stopping you from a quick detour to look at birds or whatever that catch your eye – or to take photos of the other canoe. Single canoes are often pretty boats with a low profile and slender stems. They are reliable and accommodating – handy on land and well-behaved on water.
The name comes from the Swedish author Viktor Rydberg, who wrote about Singoalla: the mystical forest creature with "the pine forest's song and starry night mystery, with magic and symbolic nature" - and it seemed fitting for a single canoe.