In the early 17th century, five Native American groups
of the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada formed a cooperative
group that became known as the Five Nations or the Iroquois
Our Iroquois is a Idian-style canoe with a hull made
from 5 panels.
design was a modification to our Merrimac canoe which has 6 panels
and a slight V bottom. The Iroquois is the same shape except for
a flat bottom panel.
rocker was kept somewhat low but the flat bottom panel will make
the hull very maneuverable. If better tracking is desired, then
a simple bottom runner can be glue to the bottom.
flat bottom will also draft little water and allow for much weight
on board. The tumblehome sides will make paddling much easier and
help keep your weight over the centerline of the hull.
benefit of the tumblehome sides: The maximum width of the canoe
is just above the waterline, making it very stable. Even enough
for 5 wiggling kids!
hull would make for an excellent shallow water fishing canoe.
from a larger tandem model or a shorter and narrower solo model
(the solo model will act as a nimble tandem for 2 smaller paddlers
with little-to-no gear.