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Builder Stories: Nomad 17 by Hamish Hamilton

Builder Stories is a new feature where we'll share photos and stories from builders in their words. Kicking off the series is Hamish Hamilton with a beautiful custom Nomad 17.

Hamish writes:

"Hello Bear Mountain Boats, and thank you for all the advice/guidance and of course the plans you supplied to me last year for the Nomad 17 design.

After 5 months of working evening, weekends and lunchbreaks, I have finally completed the Noman 17,  my first build. I live in Cornwall in the Uk, I am 25, a joiner by trade, but nothing could have prepared me for such a project! Made from Cedar, black walnut, tulip wood, mahogany, ash for the seats and yoke, (which I steam bent, weaved and dovetailed to the gunnels) and finally some locally sourced holly which I then had to bleach to retain the whiteness for the gunnels.

The ends have been modified, as I wanted it to look more like the redbird, but with the stability of the nomad. I also have an attachable transom for use with an electric outboard."


Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe as seen from the bow

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe with motor attached

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe closeup of stems

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe during planking stage

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe indoors

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe seat detail

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe stern seat

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe from stern

Hamish Hamilton's Nomad 17 canoe during sanding

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