Our LITTLE KATE open canoe is a modification of the classic John Rushton Wee Lassie design which he was producing over a hundred years ago. The originals were of lapstrake Cedar planking but we have modified the design so that it can be built using the frameless ply/epoxy or stitch and tape construction. Four planks are used per side and these are simply stitched together edge to edge with wire and sealed with resin/tape or epoxy fillets. She can be made from a couple of sheets of 4mm ply and she weighs around 20 lbs. She is an ideal single canoe for portaging around normally inaccessible back waters. Length 11’6’’ (3.5m); Beam 27’’ (0.69m). NOTE - the plans now give the plank shapes for a 32" beam version for greater carrying capacity.
Little Kate Particulars