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Hiawatha 15'


A light displacement, easy-paddling canoe:

• Length 15'
• Maximum beam 33.5"
• Beam waterline 31"
• Beam gunnel 33.5"
• Bow height 21.5"
• Centre depth 12.25"
• Draft 4.25"
• Displacement 320 lbs.
• Wetted surface 24.2 sq.ft.
• Weight to immerse 115 lb/in
• Prismatic coefficient 0.525
• Weight 40 to 50 lbs.
• Keel-less or shoe keel

This traditional-looking Bear Mountain design has a sheer-line and bow profile reminiscent of the early 'Canadian' style canoe. Below the waterline, the hull is a more up-to-date shape for paddling efficiency. The hull is a shallow arch with a moderately flat keel-line that flows into a shallow vee to become a fine deep vee at the bow for directional stability, speed and maneuverability. The vee is carried as far back as possible, acting as a keel, it contributes to directional stability without sacrificing maneuverability.

The Hiawatha is a general purpose recreational canoe of light displacement, designed in the tradition of contemporary American cruisers, achieving its optimum waterline shape when paddled level, rather than heeled over. A good solo canoe, it is also very fast and responsive with a double blade paddle.

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© The Bear Mountain Boat Shop 1993
Designed by Ted Moores 1986
Redrawn by Steve Killing, 1999

Photos courtesy of John Hummel (1), Rick Sweet (2/3), M. Bradford (4), Harry Molz (5), Glen Smith (6)

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