Solo canoes have all the great durability that one would expect in a cedar canvas canoe. These craft are really built to last.
If you’re looking for an elegant and lightweight (45-50lb) wooden solo canoe, then look no further. Our solo canoes have the nicest lines of any canoes I have ever seen, particularly when they are lengthened to 14ft. They glide through the water effortlessly, are very easy to control and light enough for one person to carry long distances. Plus, solo canoes have all the great durability that one would expect in a cedar canvas canoe. These craft are really built to last.
Our 13-foot mold for solo canoes was built over a century ago at the Asbury Boat Livery on Dwight Beach, Lake of Bays. The mold was later acquired by Clarence Bouges and used for several decades to build some of the finest canoes in Muskoka, Ontario. From Clarence, the mold went to Rob Gamble of Cache Lake, Algonquin Park. Rob added the steel bands to allow for more precise rib placement and better clinching. He also added a few inches of depth to the mold, which allows it to take a fairly good load. Sadly, Rob recently passed away after selling the mold to me. I am proud to continue building this uniquely beautiful canoe and am always getting orders for it. It’s understandably my most popular canoe.
It’s a Solo Canoe… For Two!
Personally, I can attest that two small people can comfortably take this canoe out with 10 days of gear for a very pleasant back country trip. Though it can be made to accompany two people, it is as a solo canoe that this craft really shines. The mold is about 13 feet, but it can be lengthened to 14 feet or shortened to as much as 12.5 feet. And when it comes to customization, that’s what I do best. When you come to me with a vision, I take on that vision too, and I bring it to life.
Give me a call today to learn more about solo canoes and to see some of my previous work.