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Solo Canoes and Pack Boats

Built for one person (and gear) Solo Canoes are generally narrower than a traditional canoe. This allows a single paddler to sit more toward the center and use a single or a longer double blade paddle (some use both depending on conditions). A Pack Boat typically has a open canoe body but with a kayak-style seat or no seat (just a pad) and is designed to be powered with a double-blade (kayak-style) paddle.

Solo Canoes vs. Pack Boats: What's the difference?

The following is a list with links directly to North American canoe manufacturer's web sites in the U.S. and Canada that offer at least one model solo canoe or pack boat. See their web site for models and specifications and a list of dealers and how to order.
You can also check the list of Outfitters in your area.

Placid Boatworks

Adirondack Canoe Company
Adirondack Guideboat
American Eagle Canoes
Backcountry Custom Canoes
Bowery Boatworks
Carrying Place Canoe & Boat Works Limited
Clipper Canoes
Dogpaddle Canoe and Woodworks (Facebook page)
Esquif Canoes
Fletcher Canoes
Golden Hawk Canoes
GRBNewman Designs
Grumman Canoes
H2O Paddlesports
Hellman Canoes

Hemlock Canoe Works Hemlock Canoe Works (585) 367-3040
Providing quality canoe designs to outdoor minded people.

Hornbeck Boats
Island Falls Canoe
Langford Canoe
Laughing Loon Canoes
Lazy River Canoes
Lincoln Canoe
Mad River Canoe
Merrimack Canoe Company (Sanborn)
Millbrook Boats
Navarro Canoe Co.
Nighthawk Canoes

Northstar Canoes Northstar Canoes
Building canoes for over 30 years with a little interruption (and a name change).
Northstar's 2021 Line of Solo Canoes - Video

North Woods Canoe
Nova Craft Canoe
Old Town Canoes
OVYD Otto Vallinga Yacht Design

Placid Boatworks Placid Boatworks
Placid Boatworks offeres a modern, asymmetrical hull design with differential rocker and sheer, as well shouldered tumblehome. These features, together with Placidís vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process of aramid and graphite fibers, make Placid's line of boats sophisticated pack canoes.

Redfeather Canoes
Savage River
Slipstream Watercraft
Souris River Canoes
Stellar - Dragonfly
Stewart River Boatworks
Swift Canoes - 2021 Swift Solo Line video - 2021 Swift Pack Boats video
Two Brothers Canoe
Voyageur Canoe Company
West Country Canoes

Other parts of the world:

Apache Canoes Prenton , United Kingdom
One Tree Canoe Company Vernor, Queensland Australia
Silverbirch Attleborough, United Kingdom

Find a used boat? Serial Numbers and Canoe Manufacturer's Codes:
Identification Codes (MIC) / HULL Identification Numbers (HIN)

If you are a boat builder that offers Solo Canoes and are not listed yet and would like to be added, or have your listing upgraded contact me. (sorry, no kayak only manufacturers)

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