The first choice of many professional guides and outfitters, the Grumman 19-footer has 12 ribs and a "Bulb T" keel for extra strength. It’s designed to carry up to 1100 lbs. and rated for up to 5 horsepower.
Designed for outboard power, all Grumman square stern canoes feature a transom gusset of tough .125” aluminum, motor pads to secure outboards and ribs for added stiffness. All except the G-1640 CS have spray rails to keep you dry. Stability is a top priority for the Grumman square stern, available in 16, 17 and 19 foot lengths.
I have used Grumman canoes since the 1940s. In 1947 at 6 years old, I was at summer camp in Hendersonville, NC for 8 weeks with my older brother, age 11 and my cousin, age 10. Back then, young kids went to summer camp and no one was shocked like they are now. My brother and cousin were tasked with taking care of me. One day after lunch, they decided to take one of the Grumman's out on the mountain lake and I went along. No water, pfds or any way to communicate with the camp. There was an outlet to the lake so they decided to see where it went. My recollection is vague but I remember crying and having to be rescued by some pretty angry older camp staff. I guess we dumped and got the canoe pinned and couldn't get it out of a logjam or some such disaster. The camp staff missed us at dinner and noticed a canoe was missing and so were we, so they figured we had drown. It was after dark when they found us. My brother and cousin got into big trouble and had KP for two weeks. I got ice creme and blueberry muffins.
Now at 80, I run a non-profit called Boardman River Clean Sweep in Michigan. We do river cleanups and help other organizations start doing cleanups on their local rivers, too. We have three Grummans along with some OTs and a Mad River that our volunteers use to do cleanups. I use a tandem 15' light-weight that I paddle solo and I really like. It handles well and can carry a lot of trash and I take it when the rest of the "crew" are in kayaks that can't carry much litter. One drawback is that it is so light that a strong headwind or crosswind blows me right off the river and there is not much I can do to stop it.
Whenever I get into my Grumman, I remember that day at Camp Osceolo in Hendersonville and I smile.
I used it on Ozark creeks, streams, rivers some rocks, wood and lots of gravel. Big enough and strong enough for all the supplies for week long canoe/camping float trips on the Current River National Park. It is extra wide and longer (19') so it rides very high on the water which allows to still float on very shallow water to keep from getting out and having to walking the boat. At times I use a 6 HP Mercury outboard, but it paddles/steers very well without the motor; no maneuvering problems. (three seats; hull has anti-spray deflectors). Extremely stable. Paddles the same as a non-square stern.
My Grumman is 20ft 6in overall. I bought it used over 50 years ago. Weighs about 130 lbs and is double ended. The last time I cartopped single handed was 20 years ago, now I'm too feeble. Plan to convert to a sailing yaul and trailer it. Recently I seen a twin for the first time but it was badly kinked on the keel or I would have bought it. It was 3 weeks wages when I bought it and now that would just get me 2 tanks of gas. Used to take whole family camping on the Delaware River - wife, 2 boys, dog and cat and all the gear but in a headwind was a bear to paddle so we would beach it and load it up with enormous pile of rocks to lower the freeboard and wind resistance. Other canoeists would give us the strangest looks!
If you need to haul lots of people and gear, need a bomb proof canoe, and don't need to portage, this is the canoe for you!