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Photograph by Roger McKee

This year we are developing a high seat solo canoe wider than the narrow and narrower than wide. This one's beam at the gunwales is 31", her length is 13' 8" and her depth at center is 13.5" The seat is 3.5" below the gunwale line, and her beam at the waterline is 32", giving the Solo High a bit of tumblehome. The photo below reveals not only the canoe's tumblehome but her good looking shear.


Here is the heart of our new 13' solo tandem boat - the Rines Reversible double backrest that operates in one direction as the solo backrest and in the other as the bow backrest.You can see the finished product at the at the WoodenBoat Festival in Mystic, CT, June 26-28.

Here is the Solo/Tandem 13' at the Northeastern Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs April 2&3, 2016. Note the double backrest and the single backrest/thwart that can serve as either the stern backrest or simple as a thwart.

In this close-up at the Northeastern Woodworkers Showcase, note that the seat is positioned for a solo paddler. For a tandem set-up, it can be moved to the near side of the double backrest, and a second seat can be positioned just this side of the single backrest. The double paddle, with its light-weight carbon shaft and hardwood blades is now available in limited quantities. Just call or email us for more info. The ribbon was awarded for "Professional Excellence."

Our ZIP built by Capt. Jeff Bull. We have beefed up the deck cloth with a 7 1/2 oz. pre-dyed and pre-waterproofed polyester cloth and lowered the cockpit a bit to make for more comfortable paddling. The 8 oz. polyester hull skin is treated with a tough two-part polyurethane.

We use chalk to mark the deck skin for the zip-open compartments and the cockpit. Our upholster, adds heavy duty outdoor zippers and a "collar" around the cut-out for the cockpit. Since the zippers make loading and loading larger packs quick and easy, portaging this kayak easy.