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Hello,
I recently acquired an old fiberglass canoe. I would like to convert it to a flat stern to put a small mud motor on. I'm hoping to use it as a small duck boat. any advice on how this could be done would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have made several mounts ...very easy to do no need to cut up or modify your boat ...

I will try to get some photos up soon ...
 

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I Pm'd you a couple of photos as I do NOT have permission to post it to a public forum :-(
 

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You might find http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/diy-marinizing/weed-eater-engine-conversion-1681.html interesting. There is a lot about small mud motors to be found and they are mounted on different types of hulls.
 

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This boat is the best canoe-to-boat build I've seen.  He did a hellacious job.  I swear the original build thread was on here somewhere, but I only can find the threads that Snooker posted after he bought it.  I am probably thinking of another canoe-to-boat project

http://www.microskiff.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1199391255/0

http://www.microskiff.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1200436703

http://www.microskiff.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1210001780

It isn't a terribly difficult project.  Obviously, the one that is linked started as a flatback canoe and ended up a bit higher class than a quick and dirty duckboat build needs to be, but you can infer how the builder worked though the build as you look through the pics.  The process for a changing a double ender to a flat back will require a bit more thought, but it will follow the same general concepts. You'll probably lose 10-12" of length.

Nate
 

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Canoes are not plaining hulls.  They have a hull speed just like sail boats.  They become very unstable if you try to exceed them.  Try towing one behind your boat and watch what happens. ;)

Gheenoes on the other hand dont have any stern rocker and are safe to operate at plaining speeds.
 

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I can't imagine putting a motor other than an electric on my fiberglass canoe. No way to stand in it. Talk about tippy
 
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