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What canoe design to choose.

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I want to build my wife a Stonefly canoe, but I would like to paddle it also occasionally. In looking at the plans in Jeff's book at at the description online it says the design is for a max 200 pound paddler. I am about 240 lbs. My wife is about 120 lbs. My question is can I scale the Stonefly up so we can both use it? I dont necessarily want to build two canoes right now as we wont have any storage room for 2. My wife has a 10 ft plastic kayak she paddles, but she is phobic about having her feet inside. I figure a solo double paddle canoe will be a better option for her versus the kayak. I really like the lines of the Stonefly.

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That is a good question. Obviously it will float no problem and be very stable. She could paddle it with a tall seat (most likely).

 

What I don't know is if she will sink it enough for it to track well. Unlike most canoes it tracks well and with her in might be a little loose? Honestly not sure but you could always add a small skeg if needed. I have a video on building one on YouTube.

 

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We mainly paddle in small streams and rivers. We live on the Mississippi but try and avoid it other than maybe sneaking out along the edge to access some of the nearby sloughs. Thanks for your help!

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