Keshequa 170™ Canoe Plans

Keshequa Top View


The KESHEQUA (rhymes with "mesh a claw") 170 is an early 1997 design with its heritage in the past!

It combines the classic lines of a traditional canoe with the grace and beauty of contemporary cedar strip construction. The KESHEQUA 170's design is right at home on that clear blue lake, rambling river or serene pond you're fond of!

keshequa Side View

KESHEQUA 170 strikes a nice balance for tripping and recreational use. Being a "17 footer", it's generous 36 inch beam and 14 inch depth allows for great carrying capacity with room for everything and everyone!

The shallow arch hull with its moderately rockered bottom affords stability and maneuverability! The moderate tumblehome and narrow stems combined with very sweet lines really assist the paddlers too!

The KESHEQUA 170 is beautiful on the water, stable and easy to control, a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to build!
One customer writes: "...She has a great glide. She is stable and quiet. She turns and responds to your request beautifully. What a treat."
Add a pair of Trapezoid seats and a deep curve yoke and be ready to receive many years of satisfaction and numerous compliments on your canoe!

Keshequa 3/4 View

Keshequa 170™ Specifications

Length Overall

17 feet


36 inches


1-1/4 inches

Depth (at center)

14 inches

Stem Height

22 inches

6-inch Freeboard Capacity

750 pounds

Completed Weight (with trim)

65 - 70 pounds

Station Spacing

12 inches on center (really helps with "staple-less" construction)

Amount of Cedar Needed to Build

50 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 our generously illustrated "Building Hints" packet & e-mail support!


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

Keshequa Lines View

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.

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