April 18, 2013

Canoe Building – Key Rib Measurements

Below are a few of the key installation measurements for widths and distances of the canoe ribs. These ribs help ensure the bottom of the canoe does not “oil can”; meaning it does not flex towards the inside of the canoe upon the weight of the exterior force exerted by the water.

Width of ribs
Rib Width

Measurement from inside tip of bow to the first rib
Bow to First Rib

Measurement from inside tip of the stern to the last rib
Stern to Last Rib

Rib height from the gunwhale (forward of canoe)
Foreward Rib-to-Gunnel Height

Rib height from the gunwhale (aft of canoe)
Aft Rib-to-Gunnel Height

Distance between gunwhales
Rib Distance Apart

~Nathan

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