Nomad 17





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Product Description

The Nomad 17 is a tripping canoe that strikes a balance between tradition and easy paddling. Designed by Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boats, the design resembles the Chestnut Prospector but with some changes to the hull shape to reduce resistance.

The Nomad is long, sleek and easy to paddle. It can easily carry two paddlers and a large load of gear for extended trips and will still handle nicely on the water.

The mid section and profile are similar to the Prospector 16 but with much of the hollow in the water lines removed. This adds some volume and stability to the hull below the water line and makes a very easy shape to plank using wood strip construction.

Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boats is the author of Canoecraft, the standard reference book for wood-strip canoe building. The book is recommended to accompany the kit or plans. It is packed with tips and techniques and has inspired countless first-time canoe builders around the world.

5.18 m (17′)
Maximum beam
890 mm (35″)
Beam waterline
830 mm (32.6″)
Beam gunwale
865 mm (34″)
Bow height
635 mm (25″)
Centre depth
370 mm (14½″)
189 kg (416 lb)
Optimum capacity
160-308 kg (350-680 lb)
115 mm (4½″)
Wetted surface
2.66 m² (28.6 sq ft)
Weight to immerse
137 lb/in
Prismatic coefficient
25-30 kg (55-65 lb)

Watch us build a Bear Mountain canoe in this one-minute overview video:


We manufacture our kits to the highest standard using European-grown Paulownia for the planking strips. Uniquely, the strips in our Bear Mountain Boats kits have not only a bead-and-cove profile but also a pre-cut finger joint at each end, making the neat joining of strips even easier for builders at home.

The kit includes:

Please note that the kit does not include the box beam strongback for mounting the building forms on. You can either use a straight length of suitable timber or order the box-beam strongback we supply.

What else do I need?


This strongback is made up of CNC-cut MDF panels that fit together to form a strong and stiff box beam measuring 200 mm × 200 mm and long enough to build the boat.

Plans and Instructions (not required by kit purchasers)

The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans are printed in colour and include scale plans and full size drawings for all the forms.