A minimalist strip-planked open canoe that weighs less than ten kilograms.
“It is wonderful how few pounds of cedar, rightly modelled and properly put together, it takes to float a man.” So wrote J. Henry Rushton in the late 19th century. Rushton was a canoe builder who helped promote a class of ultra-light sporting canoes. In this way he might have done as much to invent our sport as Inuit seal hunters did. Rushton's most famous ‘pack canoe’ was called ‘Sairy Gamp’, and it weighed just 10 pounds. Nick Schade's interpretation, Nymph, is ten times easier to build and weighs less than 20 pounds (9 kg) built with 6mm bead-and-cove cedar strips. The ten-foot Nymph can only carry lightweight paddlers; for most people the twelve-foot version is more comfortable, although slightly heavier.
The Nymph will carry you to your favourite fishing spot, moving fast with a kayak paddle, and is stable enough to relax and eat lunch aboard while you slouch in the kayak-style seat.
The forms and strongback are pre-cut to the correct size to support the hull. Included with the kit is a mixture of dark and medium colour western red cedar strips, plus Alaskan yellow cedar strips for light accents. The strips are milled with a ‘bead and cove’ joint so that one slides into the next for a perfect fit. While we offer suggested patterns, each builder can develop their own unique strip design as they assemble their kit. Run riot with your creativity!
We supply roughly two-thirds red cedar strips and one-third yellow cedar strips as standard but if you have a particular pattern in mind, we can provide a different ratio if you contact us before ordering. We can also supply paulownia strips.
These plans and manual contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans include full size drawings.
This option is for those wanting to obtain the other materials needed to build the boat from other sources. The option contains only the pre-cut forms and strongback: it does not include the cedar strips or the other items listed above as being in the full kit.
As well as the forms and strongback, bead-and-cove cedar strips will be needed to build the Nymph. As contained in the full kit, 172 m will be sufficient to build the Nymph 10 and 210 m to build the Nymph 12.