SpitFire 13

Width (in)
Weight (lb)

SpitFire 13 Options

  • Ultralight

    20 lb
    Carbon Composite
  • XLT-Xpedition Lite

    23 lb
    Carbon Composite
  • Max 5 Camo

    26 lb

    SpitFire 13 Description

    The SpitFire 13 is a slightly larger version of our original 12-foot SpitFire. At 13' and 29" max beam, it can carry a bit more gear, dog, or person. Rock solid in weather and very efficient, this boat is fun on flatwater as well as moving water. Paddled with a single or double blade paddle, it can carry a week's worth of gear for your next backcountry pond-hopping adventure. Or, pop it off the car top and head out for an after work, evening paddle.

    SpitFire 13 Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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    I have owned a variety of the…

    Submitted by: BobS50 on 7/27/2020
    I have owned a variety of the PlacidBoatworks boats and the Spitfire 13 is by far my favorite. Joe Moore has created a lightweight pack canoe which weighs in between 19 and 20 pounds. it is a foot longer and an inch wider than the original Spitfire and the added length and width allow for a more stable ride, with more gear able to be stowed for longer canoe trips. it handles wonderfully in wind and waves up to 3 feet. I haven't had higher waves yet, but imagine it will do well as long as it's not too loaded with my dog or gear. I highly recommend any of the PlacidBoatworks boats, but the Spitfire 13 is my new favorite.

    After one year's…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/3/2019

    After one year's day-paddling, my Spitfire 13 is still a sweet boat. It's my first pack canoe and I'm really getting to like the double-blade paddle. Car-topping is a breeze and portaging to local ponds is easy too. I take my time getting into boat wet-footed and it's very stable as I paddle. Haven't been out in rough water so can't comment on that. Speed is AOK; I cruise easily at a shade under 4mph and can get a bit over 4mph with effort. The boat is also very handsome. Purchased boat directly from Joe at factory and he was perfectly helpful (but not hovering like salespeople from some other manufacturers).


    After looking and trying…

    Submitted by: sankamatt on 6/20/2016
    After looking and trying numerous small canoes to use for extended trips into the wilderness I bought a Spitfire 13. The 13 gives you a little extra room for storage compared to the smaller Spitfire. Made of a kevlar weave and carbon, it is a lightweight 20 lbs. meant for tripping on small ponds and rivers. As in any small canoe, the width is thin which means be careful getting in and out. Once in though, it is not tippy at all and is even more steady with a load. Turns nice and you can lean far over without a problem. I can finally keep up with kayaks without a problem. I found my pack canoe wide and slow... not this one. It is a very pretty boat and I still get compliments even after beating it up for 2 years; the white bottom helps hide scratches that happen. Use the kayak paddle and have fun

    I have had my Spitfire 13…

    Submitted by: paddler236809 on 5/26/2016
    I have had my Spitfire 13 (29") for two years now. It never fails to perform. I take it out in the ocean with kayakers in Brooklyn and on every lake and river I can find. I love that it responds like a kayak--just an extension of my body--but has all the benefits of a canoe. I use double and single blades depending on the situation. After 28 years of serious paddling (canoe and kayak) I'm very happy with this 23 lb baby. I can toss it on the CRV for a days paddle. At 64, 5'4" and 190 lbs it suits me, my service dog and gear just fine. Joe has always been accommodating and answers all my questions.