New from the pen of designer Nick Schade is the 17-foot Mystic River Tandem canoe. It's a handsome, comfortable boat for protected water exploration---and a great embarkation point for builders looking to try their hands at the art of boatbuilding with cedar strips.
"My wife Robin and I wanted a boat that we could easily drop in the water after dinner and enjoy a nice evening paddle with a minimum of fuss and bother," Nick says. "We wanted it to be a joy to paddle, comfortable and efficient. With classic lines, graceful recurved stems and nice tumblehome, this strip-planked canoe design would be at home drifting along the shore in the Adirondacks, or across a harbor in Maine. Robin and I use our canoe to explore the waters here in Groton and Mystic, Connecticut."
The long waterline and fine entry allows this canoe to cover the miles with speed and efficiency. It has good stability and the capacity to carry a decent load. While it does not have the huge payload of a cargo canoe or the water-shedding and turning ability of a whitewater canoe, it is a good all-around canoe for fast, lightweight touring.
Canoes are the original cedar strip boatbuilding project, going back forty years or more. Canoes are easier than kayaks to build as there is no deck or cockpit coaming, and the gentle hull shapes make stripping over the molds quick and easy. The Mystic River Tandem is a great first woodstrip building undertaking.