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Long and lean with a good turn of speed.

16.5 feet x 26 inches

The Solo Quick is a cruising canoe with the perfect blend of efficiency, weight carrying capacity and beauty.  Paddlers will find that her lean entry and minimalist profile make for a surprisingly versatile hull.

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Immediate Download – $75 USD

Printed Plans – $95 USD



The Solo Quick is designed for those searching for an all-day cross-over boat. She looks and paddles like a canoe and at the same time, shares characteristics with her narrower kayak brethren. Her narrow beam and fine entry and exit lines ensure paddling efficiency, long glide and good tracking.

Paddlers choosing a double blade will find that she eats up the miles, and those using a single blade will be surprised by her finesse.


Choose This Boat If …

The Solo Quick is an efficient boat designed to track well and carry a modest load. This is the canoe that we recommend for those in need of a cruising boat capable of eating up the miles in protected waters. If you paddle in a swell or current you may find that the Solo Trip or Angler’s Day, both of which have more free-board, are better suited to your paddling needs.


  • Length Over All
16’6″ 5.03 m
  • Length on the Waterline
16’0″ 4.88 m
  • Beam Over All
26″ 66.0 cm
  • Beam on the Waterline
25″ 63.5 cm
  • Beam at the Gunnels
23.5″ 59.7 cm
  • Rocker – Aft
1.0″ 2.5 cm
  • Rocker – Fore
2.0″ 5.0 cm
  • Height – Stern
14″ 35.5 cm
  • Height – Midships
11″ 28.0 cm
  • Height – Bow
16″ 40.6 cm
  • Displacement at 3.0″
170 lbs 77 kg
  • Displacement at 3.5″
215 lbs  98 kg
  • Displacement at 4.0″
260 lbs  117 kg
  • Displacement at 5.0″
355 lbs  161 kg
Surface Areas
  • Total Surface Area
46.72 sq ft 4.34 sq m
  • Total Wetted Surface
21.84 sq ft 2.03 sq m
  • Lateral Wind Surface Area
17.02 sq ft 1.58 sq m
  • Meta-Centric Height
16.5″ 42 cm
  • Prismatic Coefficient
  • Block Coefficient



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Useful Information

 Before You Get Started

Plans from Ashes come complete with all the details necessary to build a canoe but they do not include building instructions. If you are novice builder you will save many hours and benefit immeasurably from purchasing either of the following:


Traditional construction calls for 1/4 inch thick cedar strips. 3/4 of an inch is as good a width as any and full length clear stock will make stripping your canoe a whole lot easier. Her gunnels are either a hardwood, or if a builder wishes to reduce weight, laminated softwood strips (two outer and three inner) with an outer hardwood rail shaped to please the builder’s eye. Best results will be obtained if the builder can curtail the urge to use fancy marquetry, or exotic woods. A materials list is included with your plans, as are scaled drawings of the strong-back.

Use Ashes’ Materials Calculator to help determine the number of strips, epoxy, and fiberglass cloth required to build the Quick.

Materials Calculator

 Building Light

A careful builder may wish to reduce the weight of their canoe by starting with 3/16 inch cedar strips. Remember that you’ll have less material to start with and without experience it’s easy to sand too far! Other options for builders hoping to keep her light are to laminate the gunnels directly to the hull and use mechanical fasteners only in the ends and at the thwart. Likewise, her seat can be attached to cleats glued and glassed to the inside of the hull, thus reducing the need for hangers and associated hardware.

For a precise estimate of your canoe’s final weight use Ashes’ Weight Calculator which provides results based on materials choices and building decisions.

Weight Calculator


Unless marked otherwise stations are laid out with the centre station placed in the middle of strongback, and each one thereafter is spaced at 12 inches on centre from the previous. At Ashes we cut our stations from 3/4 MDF. The bow and stern stations are trimmed for stemless construction, an easy and elegant construction method that contributes to her minimalist lines. Plans have the outer stem profiles marked for those wishing to use hardwood stems.


The industry standard calls for 6 oz cloth. Builders wishing to match our advertised weights will start with 4 oz glass inside and out with a reinforcing layer laid inside and out in her middle third (on the bias). Likewise, her ends are reinforced both inside and out with two extra layers of 4 oz glass, 6 inches wide and also laid on the bias.

Printing Your Plans
Those ordering digital downloads will receive a link to five 24″ x 36″ sheets in .pdf format. In our experience most UPS, Kinko’s and other retail print outlets have wide format printers capable of printing sheets for a modest fee. Those wishing to save a dollar or two need only print the pages containing the full size stations outlines.


The Ashes Solo Quick

– images courtesy of Honza Chobotnice Bašta, click to enlarge –

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Digital Plans $75 | Printed Plans $95

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Printed Plans – $95 USD

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