I am planning to build a canoe in the 10'-12' length range next
Spring. I'm trying to decide which GA model to build: the Nimrod
12? the SnowShoe 12? or the SnowShoe Lassie?
I am a gunkholer with access to all of Chesapeake Bay. I generally
put in on some quiet creek but then often have to travel on a larger
river or on the Bay itself to go from one creek to another. Bay
waters can get choppy with big boat wakes while even the smaller
rivers get difficult for a small boat when there is a 15 knot wind
blowing. In full gear with a double paddle I weigh 165#. I
generally travel light, no baggage, other than a water bottle and
maybe a lunch pail.
I made a head-to-head comparison of the specs of the three boats as
listed on the GA web site. The Nimrod looks to be the most stable
because it is beamier than the other two and slightly heavier. I
may have to make a looooong double paddle for the Nimrod because of
that broad beam. The slight rocker in the Nimrod keel makes me
think that model would be slightly more manuverable than the other
two designs. The Nimrod stem height is slightly less than the
others which may make it slightly more stable in windy conditions.
The differences in weight are negligible since I don't expect to do
Based on the above comparison I'm leaning toward the Nimrod. I'd
welcome any comments folks might have about this choice for my