Category Archives: canoe

Sheila, the first canoe yawl

Now, I must rely upon others. So, someone out there might prove me wrong and point out another canoe yawl as the first.

Advertisement, Sheila is for sale.

More detail here.

I will correct the latter link. The 6′ 9″ beam pointed out in the advertisement sounds more reasonable than the 16’9″ in the pdf.

Canoe yawls fill the gap between sailing canoes and full yachts. Yes, there are longer canoes, and there are smaller yachts, or the pocket ship.

But, what would you look for in a small(ish) cruising yacht?


Is the Expedition Rowboat too big, or too small?

Have you looked at the Expedition by Angus Rowboats?

They have an interesting claim to fame, they row everywhere.

18 feet long, 85 pounds, 35 inches wide. Is that too big for a rowboat? Or, is it too small to sleep in?

Expedition by Angus.

What do you think?


Gary Dierking

As you look at kayak designs, canoe designs, and decked canoe designs; several designs and designers rise to the top of the list.

Of all of those, I doubt any of them design better than Gary.  I have not met Gary, except through his writing.  But, I was impressed by some of the things he wrote.

He wrote about the history of outrigger canoes; the advantages and disadvantages of weight; the advantages and disadvantages of the outrigger; etc.

And he didn’t seem to be focused only upon the profit he could make. In other words, he was approachable.

His Wa’apa design is a favorite for many people.

But, Gary offers more than just great boats which have stood the test of time, he also works with others to help the Philippines recover from the devastating Typhoon.

People who help others are always better than those who do not.

Don’t you agree?


The ultimate kayak

I know this is a challenging statement.

But, I think a better kayak can be built.

And I think a great kayak would be closer to a decked canoe than a traditional kayak.

A great designer I know lives in New Zealand, and most of his designs are for open water.

Kayaks themselves are great and fun.  But, they are designed to be wet and carry little weight, which is why we think there should be a better kayak.  More fun, less wet, and carry a little more weight without sacrificing too much performance.

What do you think?