Hidden gems – sailing canoes on intheboatshed.net

Of course, Gavin Atkin over at intheboatshed.net has posted like 50 times since my last one, and there is what I am coming to realize is the usual array of interesting stuff in there. I was particularly interested to see Gavin’s discussion of sailing canoes. He begins:

One of the biggest surprises I’ve had during the short life of intheboatshed.net has been the level of interest in sailing canoes and canoe yawls: posts on these attract more attention than almost any others.

I agree that there is a small, burning need in a group of people to get more of a taste for traditional small sailing craft. At Chine bLog, I get lots of interest in my discussions of Iain Oughtred craft. Of course that could be because the good man has no web site and there are only a handful where one can find much of anything….

As my two-to-three long-time readers know, I am fully in the camp of people have a thing for boats like these sailing canoes. So it was with much excitement that I found that Gavin had unearthed a set of lines drawings for a number of sailing canoes from various eras. On a quick glance, some really good stuff. This is courtesy of, as far as I can tell, the Canadian arm of the International Canoe Federation’s site. I am eager to explore this more, but here is a nice sample:

Rushton WREN lines

This would be WREN, by Rushton, always a nice place to start. Good find, Gavin.

Incidentally, the International Canoe is this insane-looking craft, if you didn’t know:

International Canoe

1 Comment for “Hidden gems – sailing canoes on intheboatshed.net”


For many years I was so obsessed about boat design I used to draw boats on every piece of paper that came my way. It got so bad I stopped with the vow that the next time I draw a boat on a piece of paper – I’ll build it.

In the end it was American sailing canoes from the 1870’s that were the inspiration.

So I designed my BETH sailing canoe.

Which worked very well and looked very pretty. It also allowed my to experiment with traditional rigs – it was a balance lug ketch/yawl.

People often try to update these rigs by modernising them. I’d agree as far as one thing – get a spectra halyard – the yard will stay put – day in, day out.

But most of the traditional information is spot on – for example the halyard system from Dixon Kemp’s “seamanship” is perfect.

I have an article on that here:

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