As I began wading back into my long lost hobby of canoeing, I turned to reading and researching canoes, repairs, waterways, etc. Somehow, the Internet’s tracking capabilities picked up on my searching and browsing and began feeding me canoe content. One of the things fed to me was this gorgeous Dolphin Chief canoe for sale.
I’d never seen one before, and I was drawn to it’s classic Northwestern native style and bright 1970s metal flake paint job. So, I did some searching around for information about it. There was very little information and not even a wiki page, but my searches led me here and to the wood canoe place, strangely enough. I also found an ebay listing for a complete catalog here:
Wanting to know more about the canoes and the company, I ignored the price and bought the catalog. Well spent money, I thought, to have some solid information.
What I’ve been able to gather is, they were hand manufactured in Wabasha, Minnesota from about 1973 to 2001; they were a bit heavy but very durable, VERY stable and the people who have owned them, loved them.
The seller of the canoe in the photo above flew South for the winter, but I have arrangements to pick it up in the spring. It needs thwarts and some interior paint, but it looks pretty solid and it’s a whole lot prettier than my other two scows; a 1914 Old Town Livery model (in my avatar, undergoing repairs) and an UGLY 1985 Michicraft four seater, both former rental canoes.
Here are the catalog pages, complete with specifications. Enjoy!