The Swift Canoe 16 by

[SC16] An outboard powered square stern canoe

Length overall15' 7"4.75 m
Beam4' 3"1.3 m
Weight176 lbs80 kg
Engine power6
Hull construction Stich-n-glue



The Swift is an outboard powered square stern canoe. The fine hull will travel fast with little HP. In displacement mode, the Swift will go much faster than a wider boat. She moves with less fuss and creates only a small wake.

Rigged with a 6 HP outboard, the Swift will plane with 2 people (350 lbs) on board. Heavier loads will require more HP. We know that most owners of square stern canoes use larger engines but 6 HP is the limit calculated with the USCG formula.

Compared to other square stern canoes, the Swift has the advantage of a wider stern. This makes starting the engine much easier. The Swift hull also also more lift than a regular canoe with a cutoff stern.

Being light and long, like all square stern canoes, she is sensitive to longitudinal weight distribution. Handled by one person, the weights must be kept in the center. This means that the single hander must sit in the middle of the boat and use a tiller extension to steer. A tiller extension is a simple PVC pipe.

This boats transom is designed for a standard 15" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.

The Swift Canoe 16

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