Mon amie

16'6" Tandem Canoe

The Mon amie is a longer version of the Ami. Both canoes are modified versions of the Chesnut Pal.

While inspired by the Pal, there are significant differences. It has a bit harder bilge giving Mon amie more initial stability. While this would normally tend to make a canoe slower, the arched hull in the center is gathered into a shallow “V” at the ends which gives it a finer entry from the Pal. This, combined with it’s additional length, make the Mon amie noticeably faster than it’s mentor.

This hull design rattled around in my head for several years before making it to paper and then into a form for production. It was meant to retain the friendly all-around nature of the Pal though with some increased performance. On the initial trials, it feels about the same, though Mon amie is definitely quicker than the Pal. It also stiffens up sooner when leaned. I think it tracks better, yet turns easily. On a quiet evening at a friend’s pond, this canoe is a real joy to paddle! I am looking forward to furthering adventures with her, mon amie – my special friend!

Moderate tumblehome, 1 1/2″ of rocker with a shallow arched bottom.


Length: 16'6"
Width at gunwale: 33 1/2"
Width at beam: 35 3/4"
Width at 4" WL 34 1/4"
Weight: 63 lbs.
Depth at midships: 12 3/4"
Height at ends: 22"

Starting at $4895

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