The Hull Truth: Long and Lean or Short and Fat? And Does it Matter?

Many hours go into designing a canoe, and many more hours are devoted to selling it. But how can the prospective customer judge a boat from the published specifications? As Farwell suggests in his latest SameBoat Short, it’s not easy. Then again, perhaps it is. Give Farwell three minutes of your day and see what you think.

by Farwell Forrest | February 20, 2018

Stripped of all but its essentials, a canoe is just a hull. And what is a hull? A device for displacing water. Of course, it’s not that simple. A quick rummage through any maker’s website will show a bewildering variety of designs. Read enough catalog copy or boat reviews, and things get even more confusing. Phrases like “well-radiused chines,” “awesome secondary stability,” and “shouldered tumblehome” loom up like barely-submerged rocks in a steep drop, each one waiting to waylay the unwary reader.

It’s not that these phrases don’t mean anything. They do. If nothing else, they tell the reader quite a lot about the designer’s thought processes, how he thinks certain design elements will contribute to realizing his hull’s desired performance characteristics. How he thinks… That’s the rub. … Continue reading this article…