Freedom 17

Modern efficient tripping canoe
Freedom 17 cedar strip asymmetrical canoe plans
Freedom 17 cedar strip asymmetrical canoe plans
Freedom 17 by Andrew Jackson

The Freedom 17 features an asymmetrical hull with a slim bow, a maximum beam just aft of the middle and filled out stern sections to reduce the resistance. The gently rockered profile lets the boat turn with ease. Because of the slight tumblehome this canoe is a wonderful solo boat, but most of the time it can be found heading off on canoe trips with two avid canoeists on board. A fast responsive tripping wood canoe that's also easy to build.

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 17 cedar strip asymmetrical canoe body plan
Profile Drawing
Freedom 17 strip built asymmetrical canoe profile
Plan (Top View) Drawing
Freedom 17 wood strip asymmetrical canoe plan drawing


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
17.00 33.40 32.50 16.70 31.75 420.00 4.25 27.00 30.15 60.00 30.30

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 0.42 0.75 0.61 0.97 143.80 111.60 15.83 13.75

Stability Curves

Predicted Drag