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. Old Town Canoe Co. have been producing canoes since 1898 in Old Town, Maine, USA

Their Osprey 140 is constructed of 'Royalex' a composite material that is very strong and very light, and also, unfortunately, very expensive. The payoff is that it is much lighter than the polythene material that most canoes of this type are made of, resulting in a boat of almost half the weight at only 54 lbs.

Here she is sitting on her Eckla Trolley, with the mast stepped.


Classified as a 'Sporting' Canoe, she is fitted with two pairs of rowlocks as standard, so that she can be rowed from the centre or bow seat. (three seats are fitted). The oars are fitted with special pintle type rowlocks, which are simpler and stop the oars sliding out, but prevents them from being 'feathered' on the return stroke.

Although there are plenty of ready made outboard motor mounts available, they seem quite expensive for the amount of work involved, so I made my own.

Constructed from 65mm x 25mm x 5mm aluminium channel, the mahogany pad holds either my Minn Kota electric, or my Yamaha 2hp outboard firmly in place.

The wooden pad needs to be canted at an angle of about 20 degrees to the vertical, to enable the outboard leg to be trimmed at the right angle.

I adapted the rudder from my Folbot Super 17, by bolting an aluminium double angle bracket to the bow of the canoe.

Why the bow ? well, the hull shape is exactly symmetrical longitudinally, and I expect to be solo most of the time, and there is better weight distribution solo when using the canoe stern first, because the normal bow seat is further from the end than the stern seat.

I retained the Folbot push-pull rudder bar, and fitted a lifting line to enable me to control it from the middle of the canoe.

The aluminium sectioned mast (also from the Folbot sailing kit), is mounted, unstayed, through an extension to the stern thwart, braced to a mahogany block stuck to the floor with sealastic. It is also diagonally braced with aluminium tube, to prevent any flexing of the hull at that point.

Not visible in this photo, there is a brass drawbolt under the seat that locates into a hole in the aluminium mast tube, to prevent it lifting out, (because there are no shrouds to hold it down).

The sides of the laminated mast collar are fixed very rigidly to the gunwhales be very strong, (but very light), aluminium channel.

The leeboard is from the Folbot sailing kit as well, mounted on a 40mm square aluminium crossbar. This is clamped to each gunwhale, to enable adjustment to balance the centre of sail effort, with the centre of lateral resistance of the board.

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