Kevin Martin Wooden Boats & Canoes
- Single bladed paddles are built of maple, cherry or spruce in the beavertail design, finished with linseed oil and varnish. I prefer the soft maple paddle The pattern I use is 5 5 long, has a narrow blade with a tapered shaft that allows some flex and can be turned to stay in the water on the return stroke. They can be painted to match the courting canoes at extra cost.
- Double-bladed Paddles
- These are made of spruce to keep the weight down. They are feathered and spooned along the length of the blade, a copper tip protects the ends. Lengths range from 7 to 9 1/2 feet. The photo shows a painted paddle made of Butternut that went with a canoe of the same name.
- These are made of ash, maple or spruce and vary in style and length according to the type of boat they will be used with. Adirondack Guideboats and Rangeley boats have special oars that are designed to work with the boat.
- Folding seats are available for the solo canoes and can be useful in larger canoes and rowboats. The seats can be solid wood slats or hand-caned for added comfort. The height will vary according to use. Lower seats are better in the smaller canoes.
- Sailing Gear
- Many open canoes or boats can be adapted for sailing. Sails, spars, leeboards, a rudder and all other necessary hardware can be supplied to suit your needs.
- Painters Rings and Flag Sockets
- Rings can be supplied that bolt through the top of the stems or the decks to allow rope to be tied off while on the water or during transport. Flag sockets add some brass to the decks that improves the appearance and allow the addition of your flag if desired.