A trekking canoe with lots of loading capacity
With a length of five meter fifty and 350 kg of loading capacity, the Passamaquoddy is a trekking canoe par excellence. He is a pleasure to paddle and is built for big water. He cuts through the water and is an excellent tracker. The rounded hull and tumblehome sides give him a great secondary stability.
Ideal for long self-supporting trips
Due to these characteristics, this trekking canoe is very suitable for experienced paddlers. A true big water canoe that, thanks to the moderate rocker, is surprisingly maneuvrable. The Passamaquoddy is a very fast canoe that does not lose its pace even with a large load. A canoe that is ideal for long self-supporting tours but also to relax for an hour on a lake, solo.
A fast ocean canoe
The Passamaquody lived along the shores of current Maine and New Brunswick. They were hunter gatherers who hunted in the backcountry in winter but gathered along the coast during summer to fish.
Our trekking canoe is based on the drawings from the 2 1/2 Fathom Passamaquoddy “Ocean canoe” built in 1875. The text notes that it’s a smaller version of a porpoise and seal-hunting canoe. These canoes were built well into the 1880. They are seen in old U.S. Fish Commission photographs. They often carried a sail, usually the spritsail of the dory.
The 1875 Passamaquoddy is an old style canoe. Later models had more modern looking low and rounded ends. Gradually the high-peaked ends disappeared.
Ajous and glass fabric-epoxy
Our Passamaquoddy is built with ayous and details in western red cedar and laminated with glass fabric and epoxy. The laminate ensures that the wood is sandwiched and never comes into contact with water. In addition, it provides extreme stiffness which makes the canoe very efficient to be paddled. The boat is finished with high or satin gloss marine varnish with an excellent UV-blocker.
Solid ash for the outfitting
The gunwales, seats, decks and the yoke are made of ash. Ash is hard, very flexible and relatively light. Because the ash parts of the canoe suffer the most they are coated with double boiled linseed oil to keep them flexible and in good shape. The outwales are screwed on to make replacement easy. All screws and bolts are stainless steel.
Our canoes are very strong and stiff. Normal wear will occur when used normally. We recommend checking the canoe regularly and retouch any scratches in the varnish. In the unlikely event the epoxy laminate gets damaged, it should be repaired within reasonable time to prevent water seeping into the wood. The gunwales should be oiled three to four times a year.
Build it yourself?
Build the Passamaquoddy trekking canoe by yourself? All our canoes can be built by yourself in our shop. This requires no special prior knowledge. Check out our workshop section.
Our canoes are made to order. It takes us about 100 hours to build one. Prepare for a delivery period of approximately five weeks. If you would like to test our canoes, please contact us by e-mail.