Hi John, I've built and paddled a Snowshoe14 both solo and two-up.
This was all done on a freshwater lake with small chop, no waves to
speak of though quite windy at times. No seats were fitted so it
was "sit on floor" style and I used both single and double paddles. I
actually preferred the single paddle even when going solo. The light
weight is a beautiful thing to experience being supremly responsive.
Our two-up weight would have been around 400lbs and even at that
there was plenty of freeboard and i never felt less than confident
and secure. Oh, I also flattened out the rocker something like the
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> Hello all-
> I recently heard about the GA boats and have been doing as much web
> research as I can on these intriguing, beautiful boats. I've been
> through the archives on this board and got some useful information,
> but still have some concerns. Here's my situation:
> 1) I live in an apartment and would be doing the build in my living
> room (which has maximum 18' for building room, 17' storage room).
> also store the boat inside the living room, suspended from the
> ceiling. Ingress/egress must be through the 44" x 28" window (I'm
> the first floor).
> 2) I'm in Portland, OR, so my most accessible waters are the small
> medium-sized shallow lakes and slow back channels in the
> Willamette/Columbia basin, as well as the rivers themselves. I
> also like to paddle some of the more protected coastal bays and
> estuaries. The local whitewater is not on the menu for this boat,
> I have an inflatable kayak for that.
> 3) I have a paddling partner, and the two of us together weigh about
> 300 lbs. The plan is day tripping only with some binoculars/camera
> and lunch supplies.
> 4) I've been paddling canoes and kayaks since I was little. I'd
> myself as a competent intermediate.
> 5) I prefer an upright, single-paddle style over the more reclined,
> lower kayak style.
> 6) I've never built a boat, but I'm handy and have some woodworking
> experience, as well as a very competent carpenter friend to help
> cutting and shaping the wood.
> So the upshot is that I'm looking for the smallest, lightest
> open boat which will hold two people and supplies for a day trip.
> I'd like to have the option to do multi-day solos, too.
> I'm looking mainly at the Snowshoe 14, set up with no rocker for
> tracking and traditional canoe seats at or below thwart height.
> However, I suspect it would be overly tippy if used this way.
> don't mind initial instability, I'm concerned about getting topheavy
> and losing secondary stability. The second choice is a Snowshoe 16,
> but now we're talking about a boat which will max out my available
> space and weighs just enough more to begin defeating the purpose of
> So my questions (finally):
> Does anyone have experience paddling a Snowshoe 14 using a
> single-blade paddle and higher-mounted seats? Or does it have be
> paddled from the floor with a double blade?
> Does the Snowshoe 14 have enough freeboard at maximum load to handle
> powerboat wakes and wind chop, regardless of seat height and
> Since the Arrow is similar, perhaps an Arrow owner could comment?
> what I want to do is not possible, please advise.
> Thanks very much,