This blog is about the restoration of a 1963 Fletcher Cates Moth boat. The boat was made in Haddenfield NJ. By Blair Fletcher. Blair Owed Fletcher Marine and made many boats for the Moth fleets of Southern NJ. I sailed against these boats with a Cates design by Carl Patterson. I built my Cates at Pattersons' shop around the same time this boat was under construction. This picture was taken September 1965. It's me in my Patterson Cates.
Friday, January 6, 2012
This is what I do when I'm not restoring or building Moth boats. I build cedar strip canoes. I started doing this when I retired. The first boats were made from 1/4 inch thick by 3/4 inch wide cedar strips. The canoes turned out very nice to the point that I could sell them. The problem that I had was the weight of the boats. The 1/4 inch boat were coming out around 35 pounds. Given the small size (11.5 feet long) I thought that was too much. Some research said you could build using 1/8 inch strips so I tried it. This is the result.
This one weighs 17 pounds
This one weighs 21 pounds.
The canoes have 6 oz fiberglass on the exterior and 6 oz Kevlar on the inside. The Kevlar gives the strength to the 1/8 inch strips.