A tale of 2 canoes: The Lazy Weekend compared to the Storer Quick Canoe 155

These canoes are very similar in length. The Lazy Weekend (left) is a little wider at the max width of bottom, 31" vs 28" for the Quick Canoe. They are both made from 3 sheets of 5mm plywood and used 1x2s for the timbers (the yoke is a 2x2.) The Lazy Weekend is a 'traditional' construction with external chine logs while the Quick Canoe 155 is Stitch-n-Glue and has fiberglass tape on the outside of the chines.

The top and bottom of the sides of the Lazy Weekend are straight. The sides are angled out 12°. The Quick Canoe has a very nice curve to the sheer and bottom of the sides, which are also angled at about 12°. Other than that (and the width) the canoes are the same length and the seats are in the same place.

This was a scientific experiment, so we needed to control the variables. The first thing we did was weigh the crew . . .

. . .then the canoes (the Lazy Weekend came in at 66lbs, the Quick Canoe at 61lbs). . .

. . . then establish the ballast. I've made a guess that gear, water and food should be 150lbs, so I had 70lbs of weights and not 80lbs of water.

Lazy Weekend empty - notice how high the ends are out of the water.

Quick Canoe empty - remember: The sides of the QC are shaped so the bottom is pretty much flat until it starts to curve up.

Lazy Weekend with 150lbs of weight - the chines at dead center are just covered.

Quick Canoe with 150lbs.

Lazy Weekend with me (206lbs) and 150lbs of 'gear.' The bow is just slightly out of the water.

Quick Canoe with me and the ballast - again, the bow is just out while the stern is just under.

Lazy Weekend with 577lbs of crew and gear. We are about as evenly trimmed as we can get.

Quick Canoe with 577lbs of gear and crew - sorry for the slightly misleading perspective, but this is still accurate: The QC sits lower in the water than does the LW.

We tried some fast and slow paddling to get an idea of how each boat handles . . .

The both turned about the same, but the Quick Canoe was noticeably faster - and more twitchy.

Kicking up a bow wake.

Same idea in the Quick Canoe. Notice the finer entry - the external chines on the Lazy Weekend really do sort of 'bludgeon' their way through the water.

We tried some paddling without the 150lbs ballast as well - just 427lbs crew weight. Notice the chines are not quite submerged now.

Same on the unloaded Quick Canoe - the stems just barely touch. I am very pleased with the seat placement in these canoes - they balance very nicely.

Finally, I tried some capsize testing. All canoes will dump, if tipped enough.

The Quick Canoe, with it's 3" narrower bottom, was easier to tip. Still, you have to try to get 'er over.

I made a couple changes to the design of the Quick Canoe. The first being I didn't add the keels that Mik has in the plans. I just don't think they are necessary. The second is I changed how the seats are installed, using vertical cleats instead of the horizontal cleats in the plans. I can't say this is a better solution, so skip it.

My Quick Canoe has 3 layers of epoxy, inside and out. I then painted it with Floor and Porch Enamel. I spent a lot of time sanding the outside, and the paint is holding quite nicely. The inside is another story - I was tired of sanding by the time I got to the insides, so it is sanded in a haphazard manner. Plus, I only had time for one coat (3 on the outside) so the paint barely sticks at all. It is easily scuffed just sliding the water buckets around.

This is something else I found alarming: The interior paint seems to be washing off in the rain. I took this picture before the boat was ever put in the water - and the paint had been able to dry for over 36 hours.

Conclusion:

The Lazy Weekend canoe is more stable and carries more than the Quick Canoe. The quick Canoe is lighter and faster, but it is more tender.

My opinion: The Lazy Weekend canoe is fast and cheap to build. I mean really fast - from raw wood to paintable in a day and a half. I mean really cheap, too: 3 sheets of plywood and a 2x8 ripped into 5 1x2s and an extra bit to be used for stems and the yoke. The Lazy Weekend is a bigger canoe, which means it uses more of the plywood.

The Quick Canoe was more expensive and complex to build, and it took a lot more time. While it is faster to paddle, it is narrower and therefore more tender.

If I was choosing a canoe to own, I'd choose the Quick Canoe. If I was choosing a canoe to help other people build, I'd choose the Lazy Weekend. If I was organizing a trip for people with unknown canoeing ability, I'd choose the Lazy Weekend.