I've heard that hull speed of canoes in the 15 to 16 foot range is about 5 knots, give or take. It wouldn't be hard to get one on plane with a small engine. I wonder if this would be wise, though. I've heard that some boats will be damaged if brought to plane, and I wonder if this is the case with most/all canoes.
Specifically, I'm looking at the Clipper square stern 16.5 model. In the specs, it talks about the canoe getting up to about 10 mph with a 4 hp outboard. If I go this route, I might go up to six, or keep it at 2.5 hp for convenience/safety. It seems at 10 mph, it would be on plane, but I don't know. I e-mailed the company, but have heard nothing yet.
I'd like to go this route rather than the rowboat route because I'd like something that I can easily cartop. Any thoughts on this? thanks.