Indienne™ Canoe Plans

Indienne Top View

Inspired by J.H. Rushton's "Indian Girl" canoe model from the early 1900's, the Indienne™ is our interpretation of this canoe for the strip canoe builder.

The dramatically sweeping sheerline and fine entry are complimented by it's generous tumblehome and somewhat snug-turning bilge.

Indienne Side View

The Indienne™ is a wonderful canoe for pleasure paddling. The shallow arch hull and moderately rockered bottom assures paddlers of an almost effortless (and comfortable) cruise!

The canoe camper will find it's a good and willing partner to take along on the excursion. Be warned... as you quietly pierce through the mist of a mountain lake at may be mistaken for a ghostly image from the past!

Indienne Nice View

Note: Steam bending of the decks and gunwale ends will be required to duplicate the sweeping sheerline of this canoe. Installing the wood strips "level", as shown in our "Building Hints", is the strongly suggested method of stripping this hull.
The plans include the FULL SIZE template for building the bending jig, along with some steam bending "basics"/FAQ's to help you build this unique beauty!

Indienne 3/4 View

Indienne™ Specifications

Length Overall

17 feet


32-1/2 inches


1 inch

Depth (at center)

12 inches

Stem Height

21 inches

6-inch Freeboard Capacity

700 pounds

Completed Weight (with trim)

55-60 pounds

Station Spacing

16-3/4" inches on center

Amount of Cedar Needed to Build

45 board feet select grade (approximate) for cutting into strips

Cloth & Epoxy Resin Needed to Build

17 yards 60 inch wide cloth & 3 gallons Epoxy Resin (6-ounce cloth suggested )

Plans Include

Full size templates for copying onto your station material (and for fabricating a bending "jig" for the gunwale ends and decks), steam bending "basics"/FAQ's and our generously illustrated "Building Hints" packet & e-mail support!


$45.00 (see "Ordering, Payment Method & Shipping Instructions")


This canoe hull design does not use an integral stem. It is built in the David Hazen / Gil Gilpatrick style of stripping.

Note: The plans assume you are thoroughly familiar with the actual construction process of a Cedar Strip Canoe using epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. Although it includes our generously illustrated Building Hints packet, we do not include "step by step" instructions.

For first time builders, we highly recommend BUILDING A STRIP CANOE (2nd Revised Edition), by Gil Gilpatrick

·  Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 2 Rev

    Exp edition (November 1, 2010)

·  Language: English

·  ISBN-10: 1565234839

·  ISBN-13: 978-1565234833

Check your local Public Library, bookstore or some of the online bookstores, such as for a copy.

Indienne Lines View

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