This year, I've got a bit of a dilemma.
I have two couples who would like to build tandem canoes. This brings up some logistical issues:
- Bigger boats and forms need to be moved out of the shop and into the barn on a weekly basis. They are heavier and more awkward to deal with than a Wee Lassie.
- Bigger boats require longer stock. We like to rip full length stock, so we're looking at 16' boards.
- Bigger boats are more expensive.
- Because we move the boats on a weekly basis, the strongback has to be rigid. I'm considering some lightweight box-beam designs for a change.
The other important consideration here is the protection of a designer's intellectual property - taking a copyrighted design will require a royalty to be paid for each design - or sometimes, a price for the first design and a smaller licensing fee for the additional boats.
Anybody got any good ideas?