Wooden Canoes are in the Blood
I again return from a two week trip in the Northwoods and again, my canoe was not balanced right. This time it's an Old Town Fifty Pounder and again, the bow is high as I sit comfortably in the stern seat. I stowed all my gear in the front, a large "bear barrel" and a full Duluth bag. I'm not taking any more than I need since some of the portages are a mile or more. But I want to get the balance where the bow does not head down head down wind, which means, a level in the water canoe. I saw somewhere a design where the canoe is tear shaped, the rear half was larger than the front half. This supported the solo paddler evenly. However, in these few years of looking at conoes, other than seeing it in a book, I have never seen or heard of a "tear shaped" canoe. Does anyone know more than about this subject.