Johnston's 20-Foot Scout

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Figure 7

Phil Johnston's "Scout" Canoe

Canoe carved from a log with four paddlers

© 2005 Bill Bevis

Figure 8

Chines at the Bow

A log carved to shape the front of a canoe

© 2005 Bill Bevis

Figure 9


Phil Johnston's 'Scout Canoe'

Drawing of a dugout canoe with a flat bottom and angled chines

Sketch by Bill Bevis

Length overall: 19' 10"
Width, outside: 33"
Width, bottom: 28" (4/5 of width)
Height, outside: 19"
Depth, inside: 13½"
Thickness, gunwales: 2"; floor: 5½–6"
Chines: 55°–60°; 3–4"
Weight: c. 1400 pounds

Phil Johnston of Orofino has made more than twelve dugouts (including the one in the BLM Lewis and Clark Bicentennial poster), and this is his most recent, put in a pond just a week before our test put it in the rapids. It is 19' 10" long, 33" wide and weighs about 1400 pounds, made of Ponderosa pine. The flat bottom is 28" wide. It has minimum chines, about 3-4" at 55-60 degrees, then a vertical side, 19" high top to bottom. The gunwales are 2" thick, and the bottom is 6" thick, twice as much as Walt Marten's. The bow is quite wide and blunt, though narrowed in half at the entry line. Phil, and the canoeists standing on the bank, were worried about the sharp, vertical sides of this new boat in the heavy cross currents, so we paddled this boat last.


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