The Moccasin 14 is a stable solo canoe that is simple to build and suitable for extended camping, fishing or just messing about. Originally designed to satisfy the need for a small easy to portage tripping canoe for the World Class Bowron Canoe Circuit in British Columbia, Canada.
Canoeist and builder of 3 Moccasin Canoes, Bill Burk was gracious enough to offer this article and pictures. A testament to the simplicity and versatility of the design.
Construction: The hull is formed from four identical panels that have been carefully sized to fold together from a flat shape shown below. The M-14 kit includes these four panels pre-cut so there is no lofting or tracing. The panels are folded and held in shape with cable ties and straps until the gunwales and thwarts are installed. Then a doubler is glued into the bottom for extra stiffness before the chines are filleted and epoxied with fiberglass tape. A keel strip provides stiffness, chafe protection, and added directional stability.
Moccasin Canoes Sizes: 12, 14, and Double
These designs are recommended as a first boat building project. Simple and quick, you will learn techniques and tips which will allow you to go into larger more complex projects with confidence. Thanks to the use of computer aided design, we have been able to combine two plywood construction methods, taking advantage of the best qualities of both and avoiding the inherent complications and restrictions of either. The folded plywood technique makes for full buoyant ends which allow the boat to stay dry and ride over waves. The ends are married into a stitch and glue chine amidships for good form stability. Because the Moccasin canoes can be built for very little money, you can afford to build a lovely canoe and who knows, maybe even work up to a larger project.
|Moccasin 12||Moccasin 14||Moccasin 2 (double)|
|Length||12' or 12'-9"||14'||15'-6"|
|Weight||27 lbs||36 lbs||47 lbs|
|Capacity||1 Adult+1 child or 2 children||1 Adult+1 child or 2 children||2 Adults +gear|
|Availability||Plans Only||Plans OR KIT||Plans Only|
Moccasin 14 Kit:
Detailed Assembly Manual and Plan sheets.
Click here to download the assembly manual for the Moccasin 14 canoe. You can use the cost of the manual as a discount on the eventual purchase of your kit!
Moccasin 14 Price List and Options:
|Moccasin 14 Kit Options:||Cost|
|Level 2 kit||175.00|
|Epoxy and Glass Pack||220.00|
A Moccasin 14 gliding smoothly down the river. -Bill Burk
Beautiful shape from simple panels. -Bill Burk
What do some owners think of the Moccasin 14?
“Since Building the first 14 foot version 5 years ago, it has been used exclusively and never given me cause for alarm even when running down a wilderness river (class 2) in Canada. It is also used throughout the year for fishing on local lakes and rivers. The Camping trips are 2 weeks long and we carry about 110 to 120 pounds of food and gear in the boats. Most trips require portaging between waterways and for this we strap the boat with all the gear to a 2 wheeled cart and hike to the next waterway. I mention this so you get an idea of the environment this boat lives in. Save for the usual scratches a canoe tends to get there is no discernible wear.”Bill Burk from Tacoma, WA