Well, according to one of the guys at the canoe heritage museum in Spooner, WI, the Chestnut company put keels on the vast majority of their wood-canvas canoes, and that company sure made a bunch of them. In the 50's and 60s, you had to pay them $10 EXTRA to get a canoe made with no keel. I've noticed that in some of the capsize videos of Bill Mason, the wood-canvas canoe in question had a very obvious keel, though I'm pretty sure Mason preferred to have no keel.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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