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Ami

15' Solo/Tandem Canoe

Ami, a 15' canoeAmi is a 15 foot version of the Chestnut Pal, though with a bit flatter bottom. It's name is French for friend, or pal and I thought it fitting to have a name that resembled its mentor.

I was looking for a canoe I could portage into out-of-the-way lakes for fishing. I wanted something that I could handle myself for solo camping trips yet would also accomodate a partner in day-excursions. It had to have good initial stability to support the occasional cast from a standing position, yet also paddle well and be seaworthy.

Eureka! I have found it - and by only making slight changes to a proven design. The prototype was set up with a sliding bow seat that slides to the yoke and can be used to trim the canoe paddling solo facing the stern (why didn't I think of this sooner?).

Moderate tumblehome, 1-1/2" of rocker with a shallow-arched bottom.

Length: 15' Weight: 50-55 lbs.
Width at gunwale: 33" Depth at midships: 12.5"
Width at beam: 34" Height at ends: 21 1/2"
Width at 4" WL 33" Price: $4395
"I just returned from a brook trout lake along the Gunflint Trail. This canoe paddles very well, whether it is tandem or solo. I loved how stable it was. A beautiful day-tripping tandem and a very wonderful solo canoe for camping, fishing and hunting." ~Yours truly