Just got off the phone with Osagian Canoe's Jerrod, the man to talk to about our need for a larger-longer square stern aluminum canoe. He understands our need for a super-sized version of his 17' canoe. He's trying to find a way to accommodate our needs ... investigating making canoes from a single sheet of aluminum, which would allow them to produce a larger canoe without investing $40K to $50K for a mold to make our "Moose Hunter's Special." I'll be checking in with him periodically to find out how the project is faring. He mentioned that they are about to make a 3' scale model of the proposed canoe, as the first step in development. I'm rev'd up, and will post anything I hear. He's familiar with the Scott canoes. I suggested that a 20' version of the Scott Albany, in .050 aluminum, might act as a positive guide.
What I want is both longer, wider and deeper. The depth of the 17' Osagian and the 19' Grumman are both about 14" ... on rough, windy rivers the last few years, I've taken water over the gunnels - makes me a bit insecure. The Albany is 18" deep. My "Moose Hunters' Special" would include increased depth.
Jerrod was very interested in our ideas and needs, and wants to come up with the product we want, and which makes good business sense for his company.
I gave him the address for this forum and mentioned that there are a bunch of us here that have been searching for a solution to our needs for several years. Hopefully, he'll join the discussion. He was great to talk with and welcomed my call.