: I'm toying with designing and building (or modifying an existing design) to
: come up with a cedar strip canoe for fishing. similar to the Ridge River
: style canoe.
: what aspects of a canoes design contribute to its stability? would it be a
: wide, flat bottomed design, or long or short overall length, hi sides, low
: sides, etc?
: any examples would be great too.
Here's a link to John Winters pages on small boats, primarily canoes. It's not specific to any one design.
With small craft, the pilot's weight, position and response to conditions determine stability to a fairly large degree as well as the hull shape and size.
If you look at a variety of commercial canoes, you'll see they are fairly close on shape. The stability is usually fairly good across the board on these so following the shape (not copying) will give you a canoe with similar stability.
Hope this helps,
South West Cork