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is a pirogue?
pirogue is a canoe-like water craft originally used by the Cajuns
in the swamps of Louisiana. They were designed to get into extremely
shallow water, like swamps and marshes, but can also be used in
lakes or rivers. Pirogues were invented by some of the craftiest
outdoorsman, the Cajuns, and hunters and fisherman still use them
are the pirogue's specifications?
Cajun Secret Pirogue is 13'-9" in length. This length is
big enough to hold two men, yet still small enough to navigate
even the most remote backwaters. At the pirogue's widest point,
it is 3 feet. The sides are 11 inches high.
is the pirogue constructed?
the pirogue is constructed in a 3 step process. The sides are
cut out, they are attached to the bow stems, and the bottom is
attached. Check out pictures of the
pirogue being constructed here.
There are other small steps such as attaching chines, adding seats,
trim, etc., but some of these are optional.
type of plywood is used?
on how much you want to spend, you have a few options when buying
the plywood. The cheapest way to go is to "scarf" or
join two pieces of smaller plywood to create a larger piece. Click
here for an explanation
on how this is done. Click
here to view pictures of the scarfing process. This
is done with exterior grade 1/4" plywood, which can be bought
at any home improvement center or lumber yard. If you use two
pine pieces, the cost will be about $30, fir pieces will be about
$50. If you decide not to scarf two pieces, a 14' sheet of marine
quality plywood will cost approx. $98. This can be ordered from
Robichaux's Lumber Yard (see below).
Lumber Company in Raceland, Louisiana
and handling, approx. $50)
advantages does a pirogue offer over a canoe?
canoes, pirogues have more of a flat bottom which allows them
to get in water as shallow as a couple inches, even with a heavy
load. This allows them to get to fishing holes and hunting spots
where an ordinary canoe cannot go. The pirogue is more stealthy
and low profile than a canoe. The two removable bench seats are
another advantage that the pirogue has. One or both of the seats
can be removed, depending on your needs, and the space is freed
up for storage, etc. The Cajun Secret Pirogue is also made of
cheap and easy-to-find materials, which can be assembled easily.
much does it cost to build one?
estimated cost of building the pirogue is approximately $125 -
$300, depending on if fiberglass is used, quality of wood, etc.
For the one long piece of plywood needed, you can scarf
your own out of two pieces
of 1/4" exterior grade plywood like you would find at your
local hardware store. The more expensive option would be to buy
a 14' piece of marine plywood from a place like Robichaux's.
Scarfing is much more economical, and two sheets of plywood will
cost between $30 and $60, depending on what kind of plywood is
used. A 14' sheet of marine plywood from Robichaux's runs about
$98. For more information on the plywood, click
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can I do with my pirogue?
better question is, "What CAN'T I do with my pirogue?!"
The pirogue's amazing versatility makes for a large number of
applications. If you do any type of hunting or fishing, you must
own a pirogue. Is the river too shallow or too narrow to navigate?
Not for the Cajun Secret Pirogue. This boat can almost float in
mud! Do you need to get the boat to a remote put-in spot? The
light weight of the pirogue makes it easy for one man to drag
or for two men to carry.
you are not an outdoorsman but have always dreamed of building
your own boat, the Cajun Secret Pirogue is a dream come true.
It is a simple yet solid design, and also very affordable. The
plans are easy to understand and include many large diagrams.
The boat can be built in a short period of time. The design is
also very elegant, not like some pirogues I have seen. Your friends
and family will be impressed with such a good looking boat, but
you will know that it was deceptively simple to build.
do customers have to say about the pirogue?
want to thank you for a quality set of plans that have led to
the making of a beautiful and functional boat. I am an avid canoeist
and sailor. This spring I had a fellow canoeist and friend from
South Africa come to my home on the coast of North Carolina for
a six week stay. In addition to our "on the water" activities
we decided in advance to build a small boat while he was here.
After considerable cruising of web sites we decided on your plans
based on another builders recommendation and on the appearance
of your finished boat...(read
Hill, Stonewall, NC
thing is contagious! I have the typical battery of boats, but
not one that I can take when I have a few hours to kill with the
flyrod, and throw in or on top of the truck. The cost of your
boat saves a lot of dollars that can be used for duck hunting
and fishing stuff. Take care, Gene."
"I have been debating building your pirogue or a stitch and
glue canoe. The canoe would only allow one person(me) to get in,
so I think I would prefer your boat, since someone else could
go with me in it. I think your design is excellent, and the construction
looks very easy."
much are the plans?
plans are priced very reasonably at $19.95. This is the lowest
price you will find a quality set of plans for anywhere. On
top of that, I give free shipping on every order!
is included in the plans?
plans include detailed text instructions, a materials list
and full page diagrams. They give simple, step-by-step directions
that make it very easy to follow. You don't need to know any
special woodworking lingo or have advanced math skills to
be able to successfully build this pirogue.
do I order a set of plans?
order a set of plans, simply click on the "order"
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