Freedom 15

Modern efficient wooden pleasure canoe
Freedom 15 cedar strip asymmetrical canoe plans
Freedom 15 cedar strip asymmetrical canoe plans
Freedom 15 by Fritz Siepen
Freedom 15 by Simon Packwood-Greaves
Freedom 15 by Vann Evans

Like its sisterships, the Freedom 15 features an asymmetrical hull with a fine bow and slightly fuller stern. The mid section of this wood strip canoe has mild tumblehome for comfortable solo paddling and good structural rigidity. A small canoe has an easier time turning corners and needs some design features to aid with straight-line tracking. To this end, the Freedom 15 has less rocker and deeper aft sections for effortless steering. The 35" beam gives it great stability which means it will give confidence to those on board, and yet be a pleasure to paddle. We see it on lakes, rivers, and portages being used for camping, day trips, fishing and just playing around.

Included in the Plans:

  • Five 24" x 36" [61cm x 91cm] Drawing Pages including: An overall drawing, a full size form or mold station drawings showing all the sectional forms and the end/stem forms. One half of each mold station is provided. You will trace one side on your form material and then flip over the pattern and trace the other side.
  • Build a Bear Mountain style Canoe: This 32 page illustrated booklet from written by Ted Moores, for WoodenBoat Magazine describes the process of building a cedar strip canoe.

Recommended Manual:

  • CanoeCraft - Ted Moore's bible on wood strip canoes goes into the building process in great detail.

Designed by Steve Killing for Bear Mountain Boats.

Body Plan Drawing
Freedom 15 strip built canoe body plan
Profile Drawing
Freedom 15 wood strip canoe profile
Plan (Top View) Drawing
Freedom 15 cedar strip canoe plan


Beginner Small Paddler Average Paddler Large Paddler Extended Tour Fishing Lakes and Rivers Open Water Racing Surf


Length Ft Beam In Beam Gunnel (in) Waterline Length Ft Waterline Beam In Design Displacement Lbs Draft In Waterplane Area Sq Ft Wetted Area Sq Ft Surface Area Sq Ft Volume Cu Ft
15.00 32.25 34.30 14.70 33.40 400.00 4.46 25.20 28.00 54.00 28.00

Secondary Measurements

Prismatic Coefficient Block Coef Midship Area Coefficient Waterplane Area Coefficient Lateral Plane Coef Sinkage Moments to change trim 1 inch Righting Moment at 1 degree Vertical Center of Gravity above DWL
0.57 0.41 0.73 0.61 0.97 133.00 92.00 16.20 13.54

Stability Curves

Predicted Drag