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History of Our Canoe Designs

Our designs are based on functionality of the Prospector and the pronounced stern and lines of the of the classic Indian Girl Canoe. While our canoe may feels best loaded with gear on a remote wilderness lake, its also been designed for small stream navigation, especially fly fishing, where the canoe might need to be carried a bit to water and be steered with ease.  Its design makes the perfect all-terrain canoe that can be used on lakes or rivers wherever available to where you're staying.   We mix old world crafting techniques with modern day materials to make a classic high performance, ultra light and ultra strong canoe.

In designing our canoe, we used several criteria:

1)      Classic designs, styles, lines which could benefit from modern day technology

2)      Talking with owners at Canoeocopia who gave us hundreds of pros and cons

3)      Functional needs of designer for a practical canoe for small lake paddling for exercise solo or in tandem, movability for fly-fishing on smaller streams and final stability for two people harvesting local wild rice.

4)      Several visits to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner looking at one of Americans largest collection of Vintage canoes and a full workshop dedicated to canoe builders and restorers.

 Our #1 finding.  Every cedar strip or canvas canoe owner we talked to, and the two of us talked to a lot, had another canoe that they used for whitewater rivers where there was a chance of hitting a rock and damaging their heirloom cedar canoe.  Some owners said they even hate to take them on lakes with gravel shorelines.  They take their plastic, Kevlar or aluminum canoes to these areas.  Most people who have a cedar strip canoe are baby boomers (50+) who want to use this canoe as a quiet sport, leisure paddling for exercise, and keep his canoe at their cabins where it make a great conversation piece.  Many, also use it solo to fish small creeks and lakes, and more than often a dog is in the front other than a wife or child.

 

PROSPECTOR 16' DATA

 

LENGTH 16'
BEAM 35"
DEPTH 14"
BOW HEIGHT 25"
WEIGHT 58-62 LBS.

We combined the functionality of the Prospector with the old style design and lines of the Indian Girl.

INDIAN GIRL 16' DATA

LENGTH 16' 1"
BEAM 32"
DEPTH 11"
BOW HEIGHT 22
WEIGHT 66 LBS.
The original Prospector was a river-running boat known as the work horse of the North.  It's a stable hull for rivers and streams - with ample rocker it's quick to turn. Because of the symmetrical shape of the hull, a solo paddlers loaded with gear could make good progress by turning around in the bow seat and paddling it backward. If was a preferred canoe for those who fur traded or fished rivers and haul a large quantity of gear or be paddled in tandem with ease.

The inspiration of these two canoes navigation ability and traditional silhouette gave birth our
multi-purpose
FLAMBEAU CANOE

LENGTH 16'
BEAM 35
DEPTH 13.5"
BOW HEIGHT 25"
WEIGHT 48-55 LBS.
The famous canoe designer/builder J. H. Rushton, introduced the Indian Girl model in 1902. To quote Mr. Rushton, "The Indian Girl is strong, light, safe though speedy, graceful yet seaworthy."  For the burgeoning market of pleasure paddlers wood-canvas construction was pioneered in Maine and first offered commercially in the mid 1870s. Wood-canvas became the standard for canoes primarily because it was so much cheaper than all wood construction. The Indian Girl has some of the prettiest lines and bow design of any traditional canoe on the market.  This was a typical shape of a canoe used to harvest rice.

Flambeau Canoe Company
W5992 Little Chicago RD
Phillips, WI 54555