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  Hull Designs Make the Difference
  Posted by: vk1nf on Mar-08-14 1:21 PM (EST)
 

The Oneida 18 (I did ID it) is a long, slender, low-freeboard boat with a pronounced forefoot and stern run that gives it exceptional tracking in wind with excellent stability. Its faults, if you want to call them that, are the weight and the fact that it's anything but nimble - turns, as a sailing friend says, are majestic. It's made to eat up the miles (or kilometers, up north here) quickly and efficiently,has real good glide, and is the most 'solid-feeling' canoe I've paddled.

The Bluewater is a prospector with the usual upswept forefoot and aft run, and a rounded bottom - spins on a dime, room enough for two paddlers and a moose, and best of all, I can lift it over my grey balding head. Paddles pretty well with a good load aboard, tends to be a bit 'cranky' when lightly loaded in a wind. It's major fault is the lack of glide - you stop, it stops. Horses for courses, I guess...

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