The Mariner was first built
by Western Canoeing in the fall of 1991. Our chief designer,
James van Nostrand created the design to complement the
Voyageur and Montreal canoes. The Mariner features a shallow
arch hull, moderate rocker and keelless bottom. Turns
and maneuvers that are impossible in the larger canoes
are easily accomplished in the Mariner.
is ideal for a small group or large family. It will
accommodate up to 8 paddlers, or easily carry three
to five paddlers with camping gear for a one or two
week trip. The Mariner has been paddled in a wide range
of conditions. Its shallow arch hull and flared sides
provide both good initial and secondary stability. The
hull has several inches of rocker and is easy to maneuver.
Its shallow draft allows it to be used in relatively
low water levels in rivers and lakes.
The Mariner's flared ends provide great buoyancy resulting
in a drier more stable ride in rough conditions. The
Boy Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have a fleet of more
than 16 Mariners and regularly circumnavigate Catalina
Island, 28 miles off the California Coast.
Large canoes are often referred to as WAR Canoes, particularly in articles written in the early 1900's. Today we often refer to them as 'Big Canoes' encompassing the many 22'+ styles and shapes paddled in North America today.
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