18'6" Marathon Asymmetric Canoe

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The 18’6” Marathon open canoe has been designed for serious long distance paddling. She has 5 planks per side and uses the stitch and tape method of construction for ease, low cost and lightness. Her hull shape is asymmetric giving her a low drag shape with buoyancy positioned to keep her at level trim when moving quickly—and we have given her some tumblehome in the topsides to make paddling easier.

Below is a beautiful example of a Marathon by Eric Nelson - the photo also shows one of our 15'7" Peterborough's again built by Eric Nelson - Eric commented that the Marathon "tracks like a train and is ridiculously quick" and the Peterborough is both "agile and a pleasure to paddle".

18'6" Marathon Particulars

LOA 18'6" 5.64m
Beam 33 1/2" 0.85m
Hull Mid Depth 12" 0.31m
Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs (in light 4mm ply) 27kg
Approx. Capacity 775lbs 351kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine asymmetric with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Long distance paddling with 2 adults + gear
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

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