16′ tandem canoe

This is a replica of the Chestnut Pal, the famed 16′ wood and canvas pleasure craft. I raised the sheer at the bow and stern to make it a bit “dryer” boat. The beauty of this boat is that it fits the sportsman’s need for a stable canoe, yet has good paddling characteristics. It’s perfect for a family canoe trip or an evening paddle.

To round out the many fine qualities of this craft, it can be handled alone, either kneeling just aft of center, or by sitting “backward” in the bow seat, with some gear to trim.

The Chestnut Pal is the canoe used most often in Bill Mason’s videos, such as Water Walker. Bill was quick to paint the Prospector’s praise, but for quiet water, he certainly seemed to prefer the Pal. If I could only have one canoe to paddle alone or with a friend in a lake or gentle stream, I would choose this Stewart River version of the Chestnut Pal.

Moderate tumblehome, 1-1/2″ of rocker with a shallow arch hull.


Length: 16′
Width at gunwale: 34 1/2″
Width at beam: 35″
Width at 4″ WL 33 3/4″
Weight: 60 lbs.
Depth at midships: 13″
Height at ends: 22″

Starting at $4995