We hope the information below helps you narrow down your search for the boat of your dreams. As a general rule of thumb, the longer the boat the better it tracks in open water. The shorter the boat the easier it is to maneuver in tight, curvy streams. But there are several variables like shear, flare, tumblehome, and rocker that also impact the performance of a boat. For this reason, we encourage you to test paddle our various models. You’ll surely find a boat that fits you perfectly.

Highly maneuverable both on and off the water, this boat will get you into those small, intimate waters for bird and wildlife viewing, yet can handle significant wind, wave, and weather. We think this is the quickest and most nimble 12-footer you’ll find. Learn more >

A foot longer and inch and a half wider than the SpitFire… this 13 footer offers 50 lbs more capacity than the Spitfire for larger paddlers or those needing more room for gear or pup(s). Learn more >

At 14 feet, and with a maximum capacity near 300 lbs, the Oseetah is a favorite of smaller paddlers for whom the Rapidfire is too high volume or for the bigger paddler looking for a day tripper with better speed and tracking than the Spitfire and Spitfire 13. The Oseetah performs well on both big and small water. Learn more >

This 15 footer is our do-it-all and do-it-great boat. It’s also our best seller. The RapidFire can hold a ton of camping gear and still have room for your dog – yet it is still fully capable of winning the big race. Just check… we’ve done it multiple times. You’ll love the RapidFire for its versatility and ability to excel in all situations. Learn more >

At 16 feet the Shadow is our longest and narrowest solo canoe. Big, open water paddlers often choose the Shadow for its sea-kayak-like performance and stability in choppy water and windy conditions… also a favorite of canoe racers. Learn more >

The Ohneka (oh-NEH-kah) is an incredibly efficient day or weekend tripper. It features two adjustable sliding seats, S-gunwales that narrow paddling stations, and footpegs bow and stern. Learn more >


The Ultra laminate is by far our most popular lay-up – a nice balance of strength, durability, and light portage weight. It has interior and exterior graphite blankets oriented at +45/-45 degrees and 0/90 degrees. In between those blankets are layers of double-weight aramid and graphite. A number of graphite and aramid end pieces add strength and durability.

The Xpedition laminate replaces the inner graphite blanket of the Ultra laminate with a double-weight aramid interior; the remainder of the lay-up is identical. This strengthens the quarters above waterline at the price of a few pounds of extra portage weight. Good for people who aren’t necessarily easy on their gear or are doing expedition stuff.

The MavLam, named after our beloved sweet and gentle spokesdog, Maverick, is full Max5 camo fabric inside and out, including fully wrapped rails and thwarts. It is a completely different laminate, containing primarily aramid and some graphite. Due to the extra camo veil layers, it weighs a bit more than our two more common laminates. Ideal for the waterfowler as well as photographers and those wanting to get closer to wildlife.

The MavLam camo pattern helps you disappear in wetland and woodland settings

New for 2024! The Eclipse laminate. This is our minimalist offering – essentially an Ultra laminate without gel coat above waterline. The Eclipse is available with no gel coat on bottom as well for ultimate lightweight, but the bottom gel coat is highly recommended for long-term durability and abrasion resistance. Other weight saving options include carbon end caps and minimalist footpegs. (Requires sun protection when not in use such as a storage cover or periodic application of 303 Aerospace Protectant)


Our carbon molded pedestal seats have undergone several iterations of R&D to come up with the most comfortable pack canoe seats available.

Although there is a slight difference in sit-bone-height-from-floor height between our seats (1.625” between the lowest and highest), “seat height” is a actually bit of a misnomer. What is really noticeable between them is the backangle when measured from the forward edge of the seat to the sitbone “pocket.”

You’ll find all of our seats comfortable and stable. The higher the seat, the less backangle there is, putting you in a more upright position. This allows you to engage your core more in your paddle stroke. More core equals a more powerful forward stroke. Fishermen and taller paddlers generally gravitate to the low or medium seat while smaller paddlers, fitness paddlers, and canoe racers often choose the high seat.

If you order a boat before you have a chance to demo seats, we do offer seat selection and installation on the day of pickup (but we really appreciate knowing ahead of time, if at all possible). You can simply paddle our demo model of the boat you’re getting on the pond outside of our shop with each seat and select the one that works best for you. All seats come with the popular NSI PADZ closed mini cell foam pad adhered directly to the seat.

Our seats are stackable; any of our higher seats will stack on top of any of our lower seats, leaving you different seat options for, say, another paddler using the boat or for paddling with a single blade paddle (a higher seat is nice). Stacked seats are held in place during portages with a simple lasso system.


We consider the Placid Boatworks signature wooden end decks as the cherry on top. As a finishing touch you can choose from these 6 options to make your boat uniquely yours: