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Pioneer 17' Canoe

What the Perfect Canoe would Should Look Like
FROM '' CANOE & KAYAK MAGAZINE '', DECEMBER 1995
It doesn't exist, (or does it ?) of course, since every design tends to be a compromise. But if forced to describe such a miracle craft, the all purpose canoe might look like this: it is 17 feet long (17' 0") , 35 inches wide (36"), 14 inches deep (14 1/2") and the stem is slightly recurved slightly raked resulting in a depth at each end of 20 inches (21"). There is a bit of tumblehome (1" each side), meaning the widest point of the canoe is below the gunwale line, giving the canoe better final stability and an easier reach for paddling. The bottom shape is a rounded vee (shallow rounded vee). There is about four inches of rocker (3"), that is the keel line rises up towards the ends just enough to make turning easier, but with a full load the canoe will sit down in the water and paddle straight without an inordinate number of correcting strokes. The canoe will weigh less than 75 pounds (69 lbs. fiberglass - 50 lbs. in kevlar) and there was never a canoe that weighed too little.

**Bolded text indicated specifications for the 17' Pioneer Canoe and are offered for comparison purposes when looking up the "perfect canoe".

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF CONSIDERING, OR IF YOUR RETAIL SALESPERSON IS TRYING TO SELL YOU A CANOE WHICH DEPARTS DRAMATICALLY ---- SAY 10% --- FROM THE ABOVE DIMENSIONS, BE SURE THAT YOU OR YOUR SALESPERSON CAN RATIONALIZE SUCH DEPARTURES FROM THE NORM ON THE BASIS OF A SPECIALIZED USE WHICH YOU HAVE IN MIND.

North Woods Canoe Pioneer 17'
LENGTH 17’ - 0’’
WIDTH at gunwale inside 36"
WIDTH at gunwale outside 37’’
WIDTH at 4’’ waterline 34’’
DEPTH - bow/center/stern 21’’ / 14.5’’ / 21’’
HULL CONFIGURATION
KEEL LINE STRAIGHT WITH RISE AT ENDS  --  NO KEEL
SYMMETRY SYMMETRICAL
MID SECTION ROUNDED VEE
BOW/STERN VEE SHAPE / RAKED
ABOVE WATERLINE TUMBLEHOME
ROCKER MODERATE  3’’
SEATS 2
MAXIMUM PADDLERS 2 ADULTS
INITIAL STABILITY EXCELLENT
SECONDARY STABILITY GOOD
SPEED FAST
MANEUVERABILITY EXCELLENT
TRACKING GOOD
SEA WORTHINESS GOOD
MATERIALS FIBERGLASS --PROPRIETARY LAY-UP  --  HANDLAID  CLOTH / FOAM CORE
WEIGHT [approx] 69 lbs
CAPACITY [approx] 1150 lbs
USAGE TOURING, CASUAL RECREATION, WILDERNESS TRIPPING, SPORTSMAN, PADDLES WELL SOLO
COLOURS BONE, SAND, GREEN, RED, YELLOW, BLUE - OPTIONAL DEAD GRASS OR CAMO