The Following Comments courtesy of Rob Macks, Designer
I had a dream of having a canoe light enough to carry across a portage in one trip, with a pack! I heard that wood-strip canoes were lightweight and strong. So I started building canoes using the wood strip method and experimented with ways to make them even lighter without sacrificing strength.
The 14'6" Solo Portage was the canoe that made my dream a reality. Solo Portage is a wonderful canoe to explore those quiet backwaters and be by yourself. I like to paddle alone and I wanted a light-weight solo canoe to explore the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness section of the Adirondack Park of upstate New York.
I designed the Solo Portage to be a good tracking solo canoe with the stability to use as a fishing platform or for nature observation.
The light weight of this canoe make it a joy to portage. The light-weight of this canoe also makes the handling characteristics extremely good for this solo canoe, even on windy lakes. While the Solo Portage is intended to be a solo canoe, it has the carrying capacity to be set up as a tandem canoe if you wish.
Length: 14' 6"
Beam: 30" wide
Stem Height: 8"