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Gecko Canoe Range

The Gecko range of canoes are a lightweight entry level, cost effective way of getting home builders into wooden boat building. The Gecko’s have 4 planks per a side and are an open style canoe designed with comfort and stability in mind but not at the expense of aesthetics. The hull has a slight vee amidships that tapers off to a fine entry either end, giving great directional stability. Developed with the aid of specialty computer based software the Gecko canoes are not only the most accurate design on the market but also the most cost effective.

Built as stitch and glue (or stitch and tape) method of construction, a builder needs no previous experience in order to end up with a fantastic final result. Building with either cable ties or copper wire the builder simply needs to “stitch” the hull panels together and add epoxy fillets and fibreglass tape to finish up. This enables the users to quickly assemble the hull and see immediate results for their efforts.

These canoes are designed for general purpose activities, available in a range of sizes depending on the intended use. Plans and kits are available. Plans come with perspective drawings, a suggested nesting pattern and the exact dimension for lofting your own hull; full size patterns for bulkheads and seats are available upon request. The kits include a set of plans and assembly instructions, arriving at your door as fully computer cut panels including 100% accurate stitching holes and asymmetric finger joints for the perfect alignment of panels.

 

Gecko425

This canoe is currently the largest canoe in the Gecko range at a length of 4.25m. Built from 5mm marine plywood this two person hull comes in at around 17kgs depending on final trimmings and paint. The designed seating positions are asymmetric; this allows it to be a 2 person canoe in one direction and a single person canoe in the other. Being easily car toppable, it is ideally suited for camping or family day trips. The combined buoyancy of the sealed end compartments is 70kgs, and buoyancy foam can also be added under the seats if more floatation is required.

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Specifics
Purpose: Double adult’s day tripper or single person loaded with camping equipment.
Hull Style: Multi-chined shallow vee hull.
Length: 4.25m
Beam: 0.86m
Designed Capacity: 245kgs
Floatation: 70kgs
Hull Weight: ~17kgs
Plywood: 3 x 4 or 5mm Marine Plywood

Costs
Plans : $55.00
Plywood Only : $1,304.00
Full Kit : $1,561.00

 

Gecko375

This canoe is the smaller version of the Gecko425 at a length of 3.75m. Built from 4mm marine plywood this two person hull comes in at around 15kgs depending on final trimmings and paint. This design like the 425 features asymmetric seating positions; allowing it to be a 2 person canoe in one direction and a single person canoe in the other. Being easily car top-able, it is ideally suited for day trips or schools. The combined buoyancy of the sealed end compartments is 55kgs, and buoyancy foam can also be added under the seats if more floatation is required.

Specifics
Purpose:  Double young adult’s day tripper, double adult short trips or single person day trip with equipment.
Hull Style: Multi-chined shallow vee hull.
Length: 3.75m
Beam: 0.76m
Designed Capacity: 175kgs
Floatation: 55kgs
Hull Weight: ~15kgs
Plywood: 3 x 4mm Marine Plywood

Costs
Plans : $55.00
Plywood Only :$1,110.00
Full Kit : $1,368.00

 

Gecko325

This canoe is a smaller more refined hull with a lower seat that is also a floatation box. Built from 4mm marine plywood this single person hull comes in at around 15kgs depending on final trimmings and paint. This hull was primarily designed for a single young adult by will support the weight of an adult. Being easily car top-able, it is ideally suited for day trips or school groups. The combined buoyancy of the sealed end compartments and the seat are 55kgs like the Gecko375 but at a smaller size.

Specifics
Purpose: Single young adult’s day tripper or single adventurous adult for fun.
Hull Style: Multi-chined shallow vee hull.
Length: 3.25m
Beam: 0.65m
Designed Capacity: 105kgs
Floatation: 55kgs
Hull Weight: ~11kgs
Plywood: 2 x 4mm Marine Plywood

Costs
Plans : $55.00
Plywood Only : $1,007.00
Full Kit : $1,245.00