I am looking to build a SOF canoe, and I cannot decide what type of build or which boat.
On type: I am considering the Hilary Russell style, do not know what its called, and the kudzu style. I think the Russell style looks cleaner, but more difficult. The kudzu looks easier and sturdier but I do not like the higher ribs. What are some of the other differences in these styles? Weight? Cost? Build time?
On design: I am looking for solo double paddle canoe. I have looked a pirogues, Rob Roy, and several other designs. I am leaning toward a Rob Roy design in the 13'6 length. Can a boat designed as a wood strip construction be turned into a SOF construction? I have a set of lofting tables for a Rob Roy style, how would I go about converting it if possible?
Use: The canoe will mostly be used going down creaks and rivers, there may be some run in with rocks but mostly just smooth water. (I know the SOF can not handle the abuse of white water, it may just see an occasional rock.) Being in narrow water it must be able to turn and maneuver well, tracking is secondary concern.
Skills: I am a woodworker and engineer (mechanical not nautical), and have built a wood stripper before.
Any helps, comments, or questions welcomed.