The modern version traces its roots to the early days of canoe sailng, which saw many innovations, such as the sliding hiking seat which allows the skipper to use their weight outboard of the boat, to balance the force generated by a large suit of sails, 110sq feet typically.
|Photo credit: David McDaniel
|Photo credit: Rod Mincher
|Dan Sutherland taking my boat on its maiden voyage at Clayton, NY
This sailing canoe was discovered abandoned in the woods in Eastern Ontario, amongst other boats and rowboats left behind by earlier generations. While the other boats had long since rotted and were becoming part of the forest floor, this one suffered a kinder fate. Placed in the woods decades earlier, it had been turned upside down and placed on two boulders, off of the ground. Due to its robust construction, it had not hogged or lost its shape, and as it was built to be canvas covered it had shed much of the water and snow. It was naturally waterlogged, and it took great effort to load it. Home it went, close to 300pounds on the roof rack, and on taking it off the help i enlisted was unable to hold it up but miraculously never dropped it.
The canvas was removed so it could begin drying.
Really though, i thought it was a great piece but was quickly voted down and it would find its way back to the garage. No matter, I was hooked. A genuine sailing canoe, and not knowing much about them I began to make inquiries......
Another two shots of the same boat i found while looking through old files. This old boat will get a new lease on life this winter, hopefully to splash again this spring or early summer.
Second bet thing the Toyota has ever hauled, behind kids. Pre - trailer days when everything got hoisted on the roof. Soaking wet and covered in canvas, it easily lost 100+lbs when it was stripped and dried out.
Another great shot i found while going through old files, getting pointers from Jan Gougeon of Gougeon Brothers, manufacturers of West System epoxies and developers of the wood epoxy saturation technique. Brothers Jan and Meade have been to the Paddlers Rendezvous at Killbear Provincial Park many times and are great sailing canoe enthusiasts, however they tend to favour cruising over the wet, racing style 16/30s. Jan still enjoyed my boat, and put it through its paces.
A rolling rack of happiness.. 16/30 replica, original sailing canoe below awaiting restoration, and a glossy cedarstrip up top.