A modern take on a double paddle canoe
microBootlegger Recreational Tandem Kayak
Plans for the microBootlegger Recreational Double Paddle Canoe
microBootlegger Wood Tandem Kayak
microBootlegger Mahogany Wood Tandem Kayak

In 1924 George Crouch designed a ground-breaking speedboat name Baby Bootlegger. Baby Bootlegger was an innovation in its time, introducing the “rolled sheer” where the deck blends smoothly into the side, and the long stream-lined stern, it was the prototype of the mahogany runabouts that became popular in the 1920's. While this may be an unexpected starting point for a kayak, the graceful, efficient shape struck my fancy.

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In the 1880's J. Henry Rushton was at the forefront of an explosion in the popularity of canoeing. His canoes were not what we currently think of as a "canoe" instead they were generally a boat where the paddler sat down in the bottom of the boat and used a paddle with blades at both ends. Often his boats had long decks with a cockpit where the paddler sat. In other words, what most people might think of as a kayak, but are typically called "double paddle canoes.".

Taking the idea of a Rushton-style double paddle canoe and the great looking shape of the the Baby Bootlegger I developed the µBootlegger (micro Bootlegger) as a roomy, efficient tandem kayak for cruising a lake or exploring a bay. While more sedate than her namesake, she moves easily through the water and, should a wind blow in, will handle rough water with aplomb.

Drawn up with a long cockpit big enough for two, it may also be paddled solo. For the more adventurous it could also be rigged up with a rudder, lee boards, and a small sail much like the Ruston canoes were.

Included in the Plans:

  • Thirteen 24" x 36" [61cm x 91cm] Drawing Pages including: An overall drawing, a full size "stacked" form drawing showing all the forms and then all the forms drawn individually and at full size. Also included is a larger full size pattern for the cockpit.
  • Kayak Building Notes: These notes provide supplemental information such as bill of materials for each design.

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Body Plan Drawing
microBootlegger Recreational Tandem Kayak Body Plan
Profile Drawing
microBootlegger Recreational Tandem Kayak Side Drawing
Plan (Top View) Drawing
microBootlegger Tandem Kayak 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
17.40 27.00 17.20 26.10 459.00 5.39 24.20 29.80 61.00 21.40

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
0.62 0.43 0.69 0.65 0.88 116.00 104.00 2.54 5.10

Stability Curves

Predicted Drag