The Waterlust sailing canoe brings innovative features to a classic well-proven design to make a very capable expedition boat. The boat is easy to handle with the traditional yawl rig and integrates a pedal drive for backup power.
Designed by Dillon Majoros of Chesapeake Light Craft, in conjunction with the film-making team Waterlust, the first two of these sailing canoes have already proven themselves on a 1000-mile coastal expedition down the Intracoastal Waterway of the USA.
The design is inspired by classic sailing canoes of the late 19th century, but Dillon has added a higher volume hull with fuller ends for increased carrying capacity, stability and performance under sail. The hull design includes watertight compartments fore and aft, watertight storage forward of the cockpit and stowage bins port and starboard in the cockpit that double as support rails for the seat. The cockpit extends under the aft deck and may be used as a berth for the crew. The boat is powered by a yawl rig, which is traditional to the type and easy to manage too.
Among the more unusual features of the design is an integrated Hobie Mirage Drive for auxiliary power. This drops into a case in the cockpit.
In July 2016 a matched pair of these 17-foot sailing canoes were built, finished and rigged in a marathon three weeks. Then the Waterlust crew set off for Miami, cameras rolling. The long coastal trip was a perfect trial for the new design. They minded the weather, as sailing canoe voyagers do, including the menacing Hurricane Hermine, but encountered few issues during the trip.
The elegantly proportioned design has generated much enthusiasm from fans of small boats. Expedition-worthy sailing canoe designs have existed for at least 150 years, but the features worked into this new design broaden its appeal. The Hobie Mirage Drive, in particular, is a remarkable feature. GPS speeds over six knots were recorded using the pedal drive alone. But perhaps the best thing about it is the ergonomic arrangement of the cockpit, making ‘motorsailing’ with the Mirage Drive as natural as walking. For pure sailing, the Mirage Drive can be lifted out of its watertight case and stowed in the cockpit.
It is even possible for a single adult to sleep in the cockpit.
The Waterlust sailing canoe is technically a cat-ketch, though in spirit it is a cat-yawl. The mainsail provides most of the drive while the mizzen adds balance and offwind power. Those living in windy conditions may opt to set the main mast a bit further back and eliminate the mizzen. The boats are fast and close-winded under sail. Stability is surprisingly solid, though as in any sailing canoe you won't want to cleat the mainsheet!
The boat has a clinker-style plywood hull using CLC's patented LapStitch™ stitch-and-glue technique, which produces a beautiful boat with maximum strength and minimum weight.
Computer-cut marine plywood panels are stitched together to form the hull in a matter of hours. The daggerboard case and pedal-drive case sub-assemblies are built separately and then installed in the hull with epoxy fillets. Plenty of reinforcement with fibreglass fabric and saturating coats of epoxy yields a stiff, rugged hull that weighs only about 36 kg (80 lb). Fully rigged, the Waterlust sailing canoe weighs about 52 kg (115 lb).
This kit comes with a comprehensive 28-page illustrated assembly guide but it assumes some prior experience of stitch-and-glue boat building, so first-time builders should probably start with one of our other boats that comes with a detailed instruction manual.
The base hull kit includes:
The hull kit does not include the Hobie Mirage Drive.
The sailing component package includes:
The sailing component package does not include the warp or sailing hardware, but we can supply it on request.
These are the illustrated assembly instructions that are included in the kit. They are intended for people with some prior experience of stitch-and-glue boatbuilding. Reading these instructions will help you to decide whether you can build the boat before purchasing the kit.
They are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. There are twenty eight pages and they measure 279 × 216 mm (11″ × 8½″). They can be printed for carrying around.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.