Glen Rahtz has been busy: he built three canoes and launched an outboard skiff that he restored over the course of 2010-2011. The new solo canoe featured here was designed by Glen to be "versatile: fast and stable to handle large wakes on the Ohio River or enjoy a long trip on a calm river or lake." Strip-built of red cedar and redwood sheathed in polyester fiberglass, the trim is ash, and the decks are black walnut (which was salvaged from firewood). The lakes in Ohio state parks as well as the Ohio River will be the canoe's home waters.
After 19 years of paddling on 20 lakes and rivers from Lake Michigan to Florida, including many rocky rapids on Ohio rivers, Glen Rahtz saw that his canoe was ready for some attention. He built the red cedar and redwood hull from plans in Canoe magazine. To restore her, he stripped off the fiberglass sheathing, sanded the hull and applied polyester fiberglass. All of the wood trim was removed and replaced: the gunwales are yellow pine, the bow decking is mahogany, and the seats are ash. Glen says that the "restoration is the beginnig of another 20 years of use and enjoyment."