I've been thinking about this for a while. We discuss freighter canoes on here frequently. Grumman 19'ers, Osage 17'ers, Scott Canadian style freighters, and others. None of them is really right for the job. What would be the right canoe, were we to get it built?
The area I haunt in my Grumman 19'er is a small river with many log obstacles. Sometimes we have to clear enough room for the canoe to slide thru, or slide the canoe over logs and jams. My run from the launch site is 53 miles. I want to be able to bring my moose out in one trip.
Aluminum square stern canoe .... "Alaskan Moose Hunters Special"
flat bottomed with 3 keels
15" to 16" depth for increased freeboard with a big load.
.050 marine aluminum
rated for 15 horse power.
I like the Scott canoes, but they are quite heavy and may not like logs and rock gardens .... they seems to grow rather wide for narrow places. And they are pricey, unless you find a Craig' List bargain like one of our members did.
What go you think? If we can design an "Alaskan Moose Hunter Freight Canoe," what should it be?