"Your directions were very easy to understand. Everything worked well with no problems."
Thomas Templeton, PA
"How well written your plans are and how well thought out is the design."
George Bush, OR
By the way, after reading good books on stripping, it was your articles on techniques, that sold me on your design. You confirmed some of the common sense solutions I had with fairing and C&B (cove and bead). Also you saved me a lot of heart ache with good advise about glassing the boat. I am sure I would have been disappointed had I followed the advise I had previously read.
Lee Smith, AR
Each of my Canoe plans include a 60 page book of instructions with over 150 illustrations and photographs of work methods and jigs. I provide a materials list, research reading list and all my sources for woods, resins, fiberglass cloth and hardware. Kits are available for my canoe plans.
I have received a great deal of positive feedback from builders saying they found my plans to be clear and easy to follow. I have written these plans describing in detail how I build wood-strip boats. My assumption is that folks buying my plans have not built a boat before. I have worked step by step through these instructions to make boat building accessible to you.
Building time for my canoes is approximately 100 to 150 hours. Materials cost is in the range of $300 to $400 US dollars.This is really like a kit without the materials because I give you the experience of my building advice and my materials sources to save you a lot of leg work. My hope is for you to be successful and to enjoy building your Laughing Loon canoe.
- Full scale station, deck station, deck coaming, and backrest patterns. No lofting required.
- Over 150 photos and illustrations of work in progress.
- 60- page book of instructions.
- Time saving jigs are diagramed.
- A research reading list is provided.
- A materials list and materials sources list are included.
- A list of tools I find helpful is provided.
These instructions are very detailed, with many photographs and elaborate illustrations to make the building process clear and easy.
Construction methods are clear and there are tips and strip building secrets revealed.There are extensive source listings for materials, woods, and tools. I give you all my sources so you don't have to waste a lot of time searching for materials. I explain wood strip building in a way to insure your success.
I explain epoxy resins and suggest how to best use them to keep the weight of your boat down.
I list quite a number of reference sources from which you can get a second opinion. And I list web sources for help and as well as the tips on this site.
You may order the new building instructions separately, to review the process and decide whether you will go on to build one of these beautiful boats.
If you are not sure if you can handle this project or just wish to review the instruction book before buying the full plans, you may buy the instruction book for the specific canoe you wish to build.
Plans Instruction Book sold separately $25 Add $5 US // $10 International for shipping
If you then wish to buy the full plans set, $25 will be deducted from the cost.
Plans and instruction books are not returnable.
..Ordering Canoe Plans;
Add $5 shipping in the US / $10 for shipping to Canada / $15 International
Shipping is by US mail in the United States. International orders are shipped via US air mail.
Make check or money order payable to: Laughing Loon
For Fast Delivery Visa & Mastercard credit cards accepted
Maine residents include 5% sales tax.
International Orders Visa & Mastercard credit cards accepted
Payment on foreign orders must be made in U.S. dollars.
Canadian postal money orders, in U.S. funds, are acceptable.
Cash, in U.S. funds, is acceptable on international orders.
To Place an Order
or to contact me about finished boats, E-mail credit card orders to me at:
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Please include you name, address, phone number and E-mail address. For credit card orders indicate the type of card, Visa or Master Card, the card number and expiration date.
Or, phone in an order at 207-549-3531
You may leave your order on our answering machine if we are not available Please speak slowly and clearly
Or, mail your order to:
344 Gardiner Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348