Choosing A Canoe

There are a variety of reasons to get out on the water. Maybe you’re spending time with family, maybe you’re looking to catch a few fish, or maybe you’re doing a week-long expedition (or perhaps a bit of all three). Sanborn Canoe Co. offers 6 different canoe models that each offer a unique tradeoff of traits that we believe will suit nearly any user. From the short and squat 13-foot J.A. Latsch canoe all the way up to the 17-foot Louis Siguard, your paddling trips will dictate which canoe, or canoes, will be best for you. 

 

A Quick Look:

Model

Length

Best Uses

~ Capacity (lbs)

J.A. Latsch

13’

Fishing, Hunting, Canoeing w/ Children

600

Bradley Nyborg

14’

Solo Touring, Freestyle

550

Gregory John

14’ 6”

All-Purpose Solo/Tandem 

Touring

625

Prospector

16’

Extended Expeditions, Tandem Touring, 

All-Purpose

900

Souhegan

16’

Family Canoeing,

Fishing,

All-Purpose

750

Louis Siguard

17’

All-Purpose,

Extended Expeditions,

Optional 3rd Seat

850



All Purpose:

 The Gregory John, the Prospector, the Souhegan, and the Louis Siguard are the best choices for those looking to do a bit of everything. Whether it’s a quick jaunt on the lake or river, a weekend trip in the Boundary Waters, or a spot of fishing, these boats will all get the job done. If you’re a novice paddler, or spending time on the water with younger children, you’ll want to focus on the Gregory John and Souhegan for their higher initial stability, but if additional space is needed the Louis Siguard will offer much more space, and a very mellow paddling experience; maneuverable without being pointy, stable without being lethargic. More experienced paddlers may prefer the Prospector for its added maneuverability, though unloaded it will tend to catch more wind than the other choices. 

 

Fishing/Hunting: 

 The J.A. Latsch was designed for exactly this use. Wide and stable enough to cast a fishing line while standing, it is also short enough to fit into narrower channels or bays for those harder to reach fishing spots. The J.A. Latsch is very shallow, meaning wind won’t push you around as much, but it won’t handle waves or stronger currents very well. If added capacity is needed, the Souhegan is also an excellent choice, keeping low to the water and including a keel for improved tracking. 

 

Solo Touring:

 While any boat can be paddled solo, for any amount of distance there are only two choices, the Bradley Nyborg and the Gregory John. The Bradley Nyborg is a purpose-built solo canoe. Smaller brother to the Prospector, this canoe offers abundant maneuverability in a sleek, fast package. The heavier it is loaded, the better its tracking. If you need a canoe that can be used for solo trips along with tandem trips, then you’ll want the Gregory John. Only slightly longer, this canoe will track straighter and catch less wind when unloaded than the Bradley Nyborg, and of course a second seat means a second paddler can be added. 

 

Family Paddling:

When canoeing with young children and/or pets, stability is vital. The J.A.Latsch, the Souhegan, and the Louis Siguard are all good choices in this regard. The J.A. Latsch would be an ideal choice for ponds and smaller lakes, offering good stability but not designed for handling on moving water. The Souhegan steps up a bit of size and capacity, leaving room for more kids and handling better on larger lakes, and the Louis Siguard is a good all-round choice for paddling on lakes and rivers with children, even having the option to add a third seat in the middle of the boat. 

 

Extended Expeditions:

If you’re planning on everything from multi-day to multi-week trips, the Prospector and the Louis Siguard are the canoe for you. Both offer ample space and weight capacity to carry all the gear you’ll need for days on end without resupply. The Prospector will tend to be a bit more maneuverable, with the Louis Siguard tending to be a bit more stable, especially when lightly loaded.