|The NIAGARA with its traditional efficient lines is fast becoming our most popular model in the canoe series. The performance qualities are exceptional, with its gently Veed bottom that keeps her tracking true, yet turns easily if you want it to. It only takes a few strokes for the paddle to move the NIAGARA along at a good clip. The NIAGARA is exceptionally stable due to the squared chine area that gives it a good wide waterline beam which means, the NIAGARA is not easily capsized. In the event it should capsize, or is swamped, made of all wood it will float very high in the water, and can easily be righted. The complete boat kit is supplied with all of the frames, keels, battens, longitudinal members and so forth, cut from solid Philippine mahogany. All side and bottom panels are 1/4" marine plywood. The kit also includes floorboards, thwarts, seats, plus fastenings, glue and a complete set of building instructions.
Plans and patterns for the Niagara are unique in that one set of plans lists all the detailed information, full size patterns and assembly drawings to build the Square Stern as well as the 13', 15' and 17' standard models. The plan sets include full size patterns for the cross-frames, the breast hooks, stems, thwart, transom, transom knees, and angle blocks. Plan sets also have detailed step by step instructions together with a bill of materials and fastening list.
Note how high the 17' NIAGARA rides even With three passengers aboard. There is still amble freeboard mainly due to the extra wide chine section at the waterline that also provides additional stability.