Mohawk C1 solo

-- Last Updated: Jul-29-14 6:34 AM EST --

I picked up a solo Mohawk for $100.00 recently. I wrote and sent photos to Mohawk and was told it was a C1 solo. It is 16 feet long, fiberglass with a fair amount of tumblehome. I have not found much info on this boat on the web. Does anyone know anything about it?

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Jensen design
Back in the late 70’s early 80’s Mohawk as well as Wenonah were making some of the same Jensen designed hulls. I can’t be sure but that looks a lot like the early Wenonah 16ft WWC1 I had back then.

I’m no gearhead
so not an expert on hulls as some here, but that looks like a racing hull design.

I always use c-1 to designate a decked solo canoe vs. oc-1 which is an open solo canoe.


I agree with OldBill
The hull certainly very closely resembles, or is identical to the Jensen designed Wenonah WWC1 which indeed was a downriver racing design.

You should be able to find some reviews here on pnet and info elsewhere on the web regarding the WWC1.

I own one
It is indeed a Jensen design. They called it a 16” 1’ solo on the bill of sale at Mohawk back in the Longwood FL days. Very few were made. Bought mine in 85. You are missing the center sliding tractor style seat. Usually have mine set a 97.5 inches from the bow. Not the fastest Jensen design. On a trip that I regularly run it takes forty five minutes in this boat or a Bell Wild Fire. One hour five minutes in a flat water Mohawk solo 14 in royalex. Tippy and hard to turn. It is worth putting a regular seat in. Were this canoe shines is going upstream against a current. Likes its paddlers to be at least 170 lbs. My 105 lbs wife dose not put this canoe into the water deep enough for it to handle correctly. Works well in the wind when the seat is moved forward.

Thanks for all the replies. I am going to make some repairs to the hull, paint it and and add the seat. Does anyone have any suggestions where to find a sliding tractor style seat?

Check with Wenonah Canoe
I can’t find it on their online catalog at present, but Wenonah used to sell the sliding tractor seat they used in their boats and I imagine they still do.

Like lots of older comp boats, this one seems to be hogged, the stems dropped relative to the center of the keel line. Consequently difficult to maneuver, but $100 is a bargain for a dry hole in the water.

cross-rib hull
This sure does look like a WWC1 Wenonah. What is the HIN number? And it does not look hogged. The light off the tan arched hull makes it difficult to judge, but there is no evidence on the interior shot of distortion in any of the cross-ribs and its hard for a hull to hog without there being distortion of the ribs or between the ribs. Putting the current production, aluminum framed, bottom mounted sliding solo seat from Wenonah into this hull will be tough with the cross ribs. The wooden mounted pedestal used when Wenonah made cross-rib hulls would be much easier. You could trim the wooden bottom rails of the seat to clear the cross-ribs. The aluminum square stock used for the bottom rails of the current seat require a smooth bottom to sit on. You could make spacers to fit between the cross-ribs and fasten them under the aluminum rails and glass the whole works to the hull. The seat assembly is available thru Wenonah dealers.

I did this job in a Wenonah WWC1 that fortunately was a center-rib hull.

Picked Up Another One
I picked up another boat today. (see photos) I believe it is an original version of the Advantage. The hull number ends with 83. It will need a little work. The mat on the bottom of the hull is exposed. I was planning to coat it with West epoxy and smooth out. Any suggestions.

I laid a straight-edge on the screen and looked closely. There’s a shadow that gives the illusion of hogging if you don’t make use of any technique to not be fooled by that, but when looking very carefully at the REAL keel line and the straight edge, there’s no evidence at all that it is hogged.

Photo of Keel
It does not appear to be hogging. Can you tell from these photos?

Turlock. This reply is only a few years late but I have that same Mohawk C-1 Jensen. The sliding seat still works. I bought it when I lived in Augusta Ga around 1983 and paddled it up and down the Augusta Canal several days a week yearlong for 4 years. My last year there I paid an old widow who lived right on the Canal $25 a month to just park it on the water so I didn’t have to leave it on my car. I paddled it yesterday (7.20.19) on the Elk River just above Charleston in West Va where I live now. The only negative is it’s a fiberglass layup so it’s a little heavy to be lifting it on and off the car alone now. I was in my mid 20s when I bought it so you can guess my age now. It’s a touring flatwater canoe. Jensen designed a lot of marathon racing canoes but this one is not quite a racer as it’s heavy and was designed to be a little more stable than a racer, but it still glides and tracks easily and it serves its purpose well.