A Modern Efficient Tripping Canoe
Winisk Wilderness Tripping Canoe Plans
Winisk Wilderness Tripping Canoe Plans Drawings
Winisk Cedar Strip Canoe by Martin Step
Winisk Wood Canoe by Martin Step
Winisk Cedar Strip Wilderness Tripping by Martin Step

For Canadians, the two week wilderness vacation in a canoe is a tradition. But, paddling into remote wilderness is not a job for the timid nor for half-hearted compromise canoes. For this you need a serious tripping canoe that can carry up to 580 pounds and still be fast and maneuverable. For this, you need a Winisk.

Experienced trippers appreciate speed but not the kind that requires hard work. They want a canoe that can cruise at better than six or seven kilometres per hour at normal paddling rates but still have more speed in reserve in emergencies. They also want the seaworthiness provided by the full length flare for those big lakes like Superior.

Like its smaller sister, the Kipawa, the Winisk is a true multi-purpose canoe. For families with children or those who prefer the security and stability of a larger canoe, the Winisk is the logical choice. It has the safe and secure feel essential for tripping with children, yet rewards the enthusiastic paddler with a rare combination of beauty and performance.

John Winters comments "Every designer has a favourite canoe. For me it's the Winisk. I weigh in at a hefty 200 pounds as do my usual partners, so a larger canoe is essential. At the same time we like to travel fast, and the Winisk's length, shape, and narrow beam provide plenty of speed even when we're loafing along. This canoe reflects what I consider to be an ideal mix of speed, stability, and maneuverability in a big water tripping canoe."

Included in the Plans:

  • Three 36" x 48" [91cm x 121cm] Drawing Pages including: Full size form or mold station drawings showing all the sectional forms and the end/stem forms. You will trace the pattern on your form material. The drawings are copiously annotated with Martin Step's notes on building this design.
  • The Builders Notes: This 14 page set of builders notes created by Martin Step details his techniques for creating his nice construction details.

Recommended Manual:

  • CanoeCraft - Ted Moore's bible on wood strip canoes goes into the canoe building process in great detail.
Body Plan Drawing
Winisk Cedar Strip Canoe Plans
Profile Drawing
Winisk Strip Built Canoe Plans
Plan (Top View) Drawing
Winisk Wood Strip Canoe Plans


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
17.50 35.00 35.00 17.00 32.50 400.00 4.00 26.08 29.27 65.00 33.00

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
0.51 0.38 0.74 0.58 0.81 124.00 96.60 6.56 1.17

Stability Curves

Predicted Drag