Oar / Paddle
15' 3" / 16' 2" Freedom Solo
Freedom 15′3″ or 16′2″ — modern efficient pleasure canoe. The Freedom Solo is the result of a unique project initiated in the spring of 2006. Steve Killing had been considering a new solo tripping canoe design and, coincidentally, discussions on the Bear Mountain internet builders’ forum were about a similar boat. As an experiment, Steve decided to poll the opinions of paddlers and builders as he designed the boat. Predictably, opinions varied, but did so about a common theme. The boat, they felt should be short, light, medium tracking and therefore medium manoeuvrability, low freeboard, narrow, and offered in two lengths. The unique tumblehome chine was accepted (by most) as a good solution, attractive, and relatively easy to build. The result is a fine solo tripping canoe which will require at least intermediate paddling skills due to its lower-than-average stability. Designed by Steve Killing and a bunch of internet friends he has never met.
Bear Mountain Boat ShopP.O. Box 133Westport, ON K0G 1X0Canada