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Difficulty is best measured in terms of how long our boats take to build. While the following generalizations will help you understand which types of boats are generally more or less difficult, the index below is a listing grouped by time, in increasing order with the highest estimated time used for each boat.

In general, a canoe is easier to build than other boats because it does not have a transom stern - therefor it requires a little less woodwork. This should not discourage you from considering other boats, it is just a generalized and relatively minor difference.

Boats with a solid bottom are potentially more difficult than other boats because you may have to twist the wood slightly to fit the contour of the hull. Our solid bottom boats include the Black Fly 8, Blivit 13, Car-Topper 9, Car-Topper 11, Cricket 12, Ebenezer 11, and the Sheepscot Shell SS-17. Only the Blivit is noted to require a "mighty twist". Of course the plans explain how to perform any necessary twists, so this should not be of any real concern.

See our selection guide for additional help in chosing a design.

Those few generalizations being said, here are the boats indexed by estimated construction time in hours:

 
  30 to 40 (about one work week)  
  40+ to 80 (two work weeks or less)  
  80+ to 120 (three work weeks or less)  
  120+ to 160 (four work weeks or less)  
  160+ to 200 (five work weeks or less)  
  200+ and up (more than five work weeks)  
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About one work week:  
 
Sweet Pea - Outrageously small and lightweight boat.
Weight: 8 lbs, Capacity: 150 lbs, Est. build time: 20-30 hrs.
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Sweet Pea
 
SnowShoe Lassie - Small solo canoe, styled after Rushton "Wee Lassie"
Weight: 12 lbs, Capacity: 150-175 lbs, Est. build time: 30-40 hrs.
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snowShoe Lassie
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Two work weeks or less:  
 
SnowShoe 12 - Solo canoe, styled after Rushton "Wee Lassie"
Weight: 13 lbs, Capacity: 175-190 lbs, Est. build time: 30-50 hrs.
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SnowShoe 12
 
Sweet Pea Mark 2 - Just a longer version of the versatile Sweet Pea.
Weight: 10 lbs, Capacity: 180 lbs, Est. build time: 30-50 hrs.
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Sweet Pea Mark 2
 
Nimrod 12 - Popular, stable flat-bottomed solo canoe.
Weight: 14 lbs, Capacity: 250 lbs, Est. build time: 30-60 hrs.
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Nimrod 12
 
Arrow 14 - Double blade canoe that thinks it’s a kayak - for one or two.
Weight: 19.5 lbs, Capacity: 300 lbs, Est. build time: 40-60 hrs.
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Arrow 14
 
SnowShoe 14 - Performance oriented canoe for one or two persons.
Weight: 20 lbs, Capacity: 400 lbs, Est. build time: 40-60 hrs.
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SnowShoe 14
 
SnowShoe Explorer 14 - A sturdy cruising canoe, ideal for a trip.
Weight: 30 lbs, Capacity: 450 lbs, Est. build time: 70 hrs.
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SnowShoe Explorer 14
 
Toy Whitehall - Cute project for a teenager with serious boat building aspirations.
Weight: 12 lbs, Capacity: 170 lbs, Est. build time: 60-80 hrs.
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Toy Whitehall
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Three work weeks or less:  
 
SnowShoe 16 - Great performance to carry a large load. An ideal platform for a sliding seat rowing rig.
Weight: 32 lbs, Capacity: 500 lbs, Est. build time: 70-90 hrs.
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SnowShoe 16
 
Ebenezer 11 - Larger than the Whitehall Jr.
Weight: 28 lbs, Capacity: 350 lbs, Est build time: 80-100 hrs.
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Ebenezer 11
 
Whitehall Jr. - Handsome ultra light rowing skiff with classic lines.
Weight: 20 lbs, Capacity: 300 lbs, Est. build time: 80-100 hrs.
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Whitehall Jr.
 
Car-Topper 9 - A large, stable, rowboat.
Weight: 37 lbs, Capacity: 500 lbs, Est. build time: 100 hrs.
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Car-Topper 9
 
Sheepscot Shell SS-17 - Can be paddled, rowed, or sailed.
Weight: 46 lbs, Capacity: 400 lbs, Est. build time: 100 hrs.
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Sheepscot Shell SS17
 
SnowShoe Traveler 18 - Similar to the SnowShoe 16 but larger.
Weight: 35 lbs, Capacity: 600 lbs, Est. build time: 100 hrs.
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SnowShoe Traveler 18
 
Rob Roy 14 - Cruising kayak for lakes and rivers.
Weight: 20-25 lbs, Capacity: 300 lbs, Est. build time: 120 hrs.
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RobRoy 14
 
Westport Dinghy 8 - 29 Lb Stow aboard yacht tender.
Weight: 20 lbs, Capacity: 450 lbs, Est. build time: 120 hrs.
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Westport Dinghy 8
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Four work weeks or less:  
 
Black Fly 8 - Nordic pram yacht tender.
Weight: 28 lbs, Capacity: 475 lbs, Est build time: 125 hrs.
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Black Fly 8
 
Classic 10 - A handsome, full-bodied dinghy.
Weight: 27 lbs, Capacity: 500 lbs, Est. build time: 140 hrs.
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Classic 10
 
Classic 12 - A popular, ultra light boat, styled after the New York Whitehalls.
Weight: 30 lbs, Capacity: 600 lbs, Est. build time: 150 hrs.
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Classic 12
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Five work weeks or less:  
 
Classic 14 - A longer version of the Classic 12.
Weight: 54 lbs, Capacity: 700 lbs, Est. build time: 170 hrs.
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Classic 14
 
Blivit 13 - Fast & able sailer
Weight: 60 lbs, Capacity: 700, Sail area: 73 sq. ft., Est. build time: 200 hrs.
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Blivit 13
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More than five work weeks:  
 
Cricket 12 - Traditional styled, decked sailing dinghy.
Weight: 67-75 lbs, Capacity: 700 lbs, Sail area: 70 sq. ft., Est. build time: 250 hrs.
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Cricket 12
     
 
Thank you for your interest in lightweight self-build boats. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for answers to general questions and use our selection & comparison guide to help chose among designs.
 
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