Be careful what you say. My original plan was a pair of his and her Fiddleheads. That went awry when I said something about “Eva Won” being a bit tippy, at which my dearest immediately rejected having a tippy boat. So, we have been considering other designs, ones that have a tippiness factor like that shown on one of Chesapeake Light Craft’s stability gauges.
To the defense of Harry Bryan, the Fiddlehead designer, if his design were measured by CLC’s factors, it would very likely be only one tick down from “very stable.” The problem is not the boat, but me, a novice boater who thinks all small boats somewhat tippy. As Nick Shade, of Guillemot Kayaks, says, “The same boat that is a threatening death trap for a novice may be stodgy and boring to an experienced extreme paddler.”
So, we have been shopping for another design. At first, I threatened one of those square aluminum fishing prams, but came around quickly to looking for other solo canoes or kayaks. We now have plans and construction manual for the CLC Mill Creek 13. It is one of CLC’s early designs and thousands have been built. We’ll add one more, Eva Two. She’ll be stable not tippy and red.