Gecko425 - Canoe Plans

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Gecko425 - Canoe Plans

55.00

Purpose: Double adult’s day tripper or single person load with camping equipment.
Hull Style: Multi-chined shallow vee hull.
Length: 4.25m
Beam: 0.86m
Designed Capacity: 245kgs
Flotation: 70kgs
Hull Weight: ~17kgs
Plywood: 3 x 4 or 5mm Marine Plywood

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The Gecko425

This canoe is currently the largest canoe in the Gecko range at a length of 4.25m. Built from 5mm marine plywood this two person hull comes in at around 17kgs depending on final trimmings and paint. The designed seating positions are asymmetric; this allows it to be a 2 person canoe in one direction and a single person canoe in the other. Being easily car toppable, it is ideally suited for camping or family day trips. The combined buoyancy of the sealed end compartments is 70kgs, and buoyancy foam can also be added under the seats if more flotation is required.

An album of photographs from a GECKO425 build can be found on Flickr HERE

In The Plans

SHEET 1 : General arrangement with dimensions.
SHEET 2: Full plywood sheet layout and lofting dimensions.
SHEET 3: Canoe kit parts layout and perspective views.
SHEET 4: Illustrated stitch and glue techniques and diagrams.


About the Gecko stich and glue canoe range

The Gecko range of canoes are a lightweight entry level, cost-effective way of getting home builders into wooden boat building. The Gecko’s have 4 planks per a side and are an open style canoe designed with comfort and stability in mind but not at the expense of aesthetics. The hull has a slight vee amidships that tapers off to a fine entry at either end, giving great directional stability. Developed with the aid of specialty computer-based software the Gecko canoes are not only the most accurate design on the market but also the most cost-effective. 

Built as stitch and glue (or stitch and tape) method of construction, a builder needs no previous experience in order to end up with a fantastic final result. Building with either cable ties or copper wire the builder simply needs to “stitch” the hull panels together and add epoxy fillets and fibreglass tape to finish up. This enables the users to quickly assemble the hull and see immediate results for their efforts. 

These canoes are designed for general purpose activities, available in a range of sizes depending on the intended use. Plans and kits are available. Plans come with perspective drawings, a suggested nesting pattern and the exact dimension for lofting your own hull; full-size patterns for bulkheads and seats are available upon request. The kits include a set of plans and assembly instructions, arriving at your door as fully computer cut panels including 100% accurate stitching holes and asymmetric finger joints for the perfect alignment of panels.