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Cherokee 165

Our Cherokee 165 is a beautifully styled canoe, similar in shape to those used by some Native Americans to navigate coastal and inland waterways. Although theirs were of other construction methods than the cedar-strip style, the basic shape and functionality is similar. This two-person craft offers the traditional cane seats and hardwood yoke, with an upturned bow and stern which make it easy to navigate in rough waters.

The wood used to form the hull is primarily of Western Red Cedar strips. Cedar is used for its straight grain and great strength-to-weight ratio. Other woods are also used where additional strength or design aesthetics are needed. Ash and Hickory are sometimes used to form the gunnels, while Cherry, Ash or Mahogany may be used for the seat frame. we often use Sapele as contrasting strips in the hull. We try to find some uniquely patterned wood such as Birdseye Maple, Walnut burl or other figured woods to form the decks.

Coosa 135 canoe

Coosa 135

This is a beautifully styled one-person canoe.

It offers the traditional cane seat and hardwood yoke. The wood used to form the hull is primarily of Western Red Cedar.  Like all our strip built canoes and kayaks we use a stapleless construction process.

Cedar is used for its straight grain and its great strength to weight ratio.  Other woods are also used where additional strength or design aesthetics are needed.  The Gunnels on the Coosa shown are of Purple Heart and the seat is of Sapele.  The seat and yoke have Sapele and Maple tips.   The decks are of Birdseye Maple with Mahogany and Purple Heart accent strips.   We sometimes add additional design features such as inlays and on lays to achieve a special look.  In this example we engraved an Eagle and filled with Turquoise.  This gives a special yet subtle design element.

Etowah 120 kayak

Etowah 120

The Etowah is a fantastic little craft that will accommodate paddlers of nearly every size.  It’s a hybrid construction, meaning that the hull is built of plywood and the deck is strip construction. Both hull and deck, inside and out is covered with fiberglass and epoxy resin. We sometimes use carbon fiber on the inside of the hull for a special look.

The Etowah 120 will carry an ample amount of gear in its spacious rear cargo compartment.  The rear hatch as well as the large foredeck offers an ideal space for adding detail and design theme -elements such as the Bear Claws and Bear inlays as shown here.

Its cockpit size makes it easy to enter and exit.  At approximately 45lbs it is easy to carry and launch and its compact 12’ length makes it a great choice for paddling those lakes and deep rivers such as some sections of the Etowah.  Its beam and hull design makes it feel stable in the water.

Chestatee 115 canoe

Chestatee 115

Our Chestatee 115 is a compact one-person canoe that handles well in most conditions.

The wood used to form the hull is primarily of Western Red Cedar strips.  Cedar is used for its straight grain and its great strength to weight ratio.  Other woods are also used where additional strength or design aesthetics are needed, i.e., Ash or Hickory are sometimes used to form the Gunnels.  Cherry, Ash or Mahogany may be used for the seat frame.  We often use Sapele as contrasting strips in the hull.  We try to find some uniquely patterned wood such as Birdseye Maple, Walnut burl or other figured woods to form the decks.

Additionally, we often add some design element such as inlays of contrasting woods to achieve a specific effect. This is where we love to work with our clients to produce a custom look that makes our boats even more one-of-a-kinds.

Curahee 175 kayak

Curahee 175

With a spacious cockpit, adjustable foot braces and comfortable seat and back support, the Curahee’s distinctive V-hull design makes it stable in most water conditions.  The upturned bow and straight aft-deck gives the Curahee an elegant look in the water, and its long slender makes paddling almost effortless. It also offers a spacious storage compartments both forward and aft.

The Curahee hull is crafted from first grade Western Red Cedar strips that utilizes our standard stapleless construction.  The hull is fared and then covered in fiberglass and epoxy.  The inside of the hull is also covered with 6 oz fiberglass cloth and epoxy or, at the discretion of our clients, Carbon Fiber can be used inside the hull in lieu of the fiberglass cloth.