This decked canoe, originally designed and built by R.W. Gibson in 1885, can be used as an alternative to a tandem kayak or can be rigged out as a sailing canoe. We modified this design for a local kayak tour company, Lotus Land Tours. Renamed Lotus 18, it was intended to provide an easily propelled, stable ride for larger, novice paddlers. It was built using Occume plywood planking, yellow cedar framing, ash and gumwood trim. The folding seats have an ash frame and oiled babiche (rawhide) lacing, done in a traditional snowshoe pattern. Sealed bulkheads and a solid mahogany rudder are part of the package, but could be omitted on the paddling version.
Specs: Length: 18’; Beam: 33”; Depth: 13”; Weight: Approx. 65 lbs
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