Canoes Their Capacity-Will you please tell me how much weight will a 16-foot canoe, 33 inch beam, 19 inch end, amidships 13 inches, hold up-weight 70 pounds?
It will carry about 175 pounds for each inch of draft from the light water line. That is, if you sink the canoe ten inches, it would carry about 1,700 pounds, allowing for lost displacement due to rounded sides and ends. Of course, this would bring the water line dangerously near the gunwale. Probably you would not wish to carry more than a thousand pounds, including your own weight.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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