The brilliant book “canoecraft” ( http://www.amazon.com/Canoecraft-Illustrated-Guide-Woodstrip-Construction/dp/1552093425 )inspired me and gave the detailed plan and explainantion how to do and what design to select.
The first model was a two seater, 450 cm long, to be used in multible conditions. I did build it with my friend Thomas. At that time there was still a lot to be done at the newly constructed log house I do live in. The deal was, that Thomas and I did work one day at the canoe an one day at the house, to keep the progress going.
When the family did grow and my sons needed their own seat to paddle them selves, I did decide to do a second version. So it needed to be a 4 seater. The maximum lenghst was limited by the Volkswagen T4 bus +1 meter!
The canoe had its maiden voyage in Sweden. It touch water at the Klaraven in 2005 and carried us safely 80km down the stream.