Submitted: 09-28-2012 by Brian C Carter
This canoe is good; however, a few cheap modifications will make it safer and easier to handle with a gas motor. I as well felt and found out it was an accident waiting to happen when I put a 5HP Mercury on it. I took off, well, so did I - right into the water, more then once. However, being the hardheaded engineer that I am, I though there are some design flaws (which Pelican, corrected and implemented into the Bayou), but easy to fix - that is if you wish to use a gas engine.
These little changes with make a 100% improvement in stability and performance. I know this is a very brief explanation, however it is very simple - just give it some thought and you can do it at your leaser and very cheap- just look at the Bayou Pelican put supports under the seats (the reason- more stability and it may even have an Al. channel down the center keel) that's a clue...
- Place 3/4" Sch. 80 PVC pipe w/, cap ends, down the center keel between the inner and outer hulls (will have to remove some foam) and into the two keel on the port and starboard sides (three pvc pipes w/ cap ends (will keep water out of pipes) the full length (center) two appox 10' in three plcs.
Next, make a support under the rear and front seats using flanges and pvc cond. (this will require some simple modification by putting an block of marine plywood attached to inter hull below and under each seat, (do not attach supports to pvc in keel- make same type of support for the center beam. (Cost approx $35.00-time- ?- depends on how skilled you are 4-10 hrs)
Now, once you put your engine on the lightly modified canoe, you will feel your riding in a different canoe. Its response will be quicker, have more of a rigid feel, and its overall control improves 100%, and handles on coming waves like a skiff and you will feel much safer.