Old Town and capacities
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-13-13 4:16 PM (EST)
OT gives the Camper a capacity of 1200-1250 lbs.
Thats with six inches of freeboard..leaving 7 inches sunk in the water. Thats one low riding canoe. Performance capacities are usually about 60 percent of absolute capacity and are pegged more towards four inches sunk in the water.
If you look at the Swift website..you see that their 16 footers have a max performance capacity of 600 lbs or so. 750 lbs of load in your canoe has to displace 750 lbs of water. You can see that having a higher volume displacing that water is more buoyant.
So 16 feet is too short. I mostly see 18 footers and a few 17s on shorter trips on saltwater in FL.
You also have to plan for how to store that water. Hard sided containers are a necessity and do not change size or shape during your trip.
The Camper would be a decent solo boat there.
Well be down in two fifteen foot long solos. We had a domestic quibble whether to solo or bring our 18 footer, which would carry all the gear and 20 gal of water.