well enough. In fact, if you're seated well back in a conventional canoe, the side mount puts the motor control lever to one side where it's convenient for your arm. With a square back, I recall seeing trick levers that put control where it suits you.
You're right about the Rogue River. The lower Rogue River in Oregon might be suitable for a canoe with a motor. Two things I'll point out. First, the gunwale width at the center is 44", which means that solo paddling in the center is difficult, even for short periods. You can paddle it from the stern seat, where the boat is narrower. It could be paddled tandem, and being narrower at the waterline (37" max), it would not be a hopeless slug.
The hull appears tolerably well-designed, shallow arch and flared for safe secondary stability. Probably you could stand up to cast and feel secure. It might even be possible to pole the boat standing, in shallow waters.
My other concern is the weight, 118 pounds. If you trailer it and ramp launch as if it were a jon boat, no problem. But loading on a roof rack is not an attractive option.
Note that the Saranacs are lightweights. They're heavier than average tandems, though lighter than the Rogue River.
You might want to go to the Wenonah website and look at their fishing canoes. They're very light, and as fishing canoes, are designed to be stable. I believe they have something to say about motor use, also. Wenonahs in Tufweave are wonderfully durable and might fill your needs with less strain on your back.
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