Bob Special 15′

The Chestnut Canoe Company responded to the need for a lightweight canoe well suited to solo tripping and casual tandem paddling by introducing the versatile Bob Special. While the canoe was very stable due to its larger than normal width, the hull shape was optimized for performance resulting in a canoe that was remarkably fast.

Our version is based on the Chestnut original with some improvements to increase speed and sea worthiness. It is ideally suited as a tandem day-tripper yet large enough for a weekend canoe trip. It really shines when paddled solo by a competent paddler. The Bob has a unique blend of characteristics that produce a canoe novice paddlers can enjoy yet experts can savour.

Made in Canada.






A responsive, stable and lightweight canoe - an absolutely beautiful design.

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Fiberglass: 56lb / 25.4kg
TuffStuff: 50lb / 22.7kg
TuffStuff Expedition: 56lb / 25.4kg
Aramid Lite: 40lb / 18.1kg
Blue Steel: 45lb / 20.4kg

Learn more about our materials here.

Length: 15′ / 457cm
Width: 35″ / 88.9cm
Center Depth: 14” / 35.6cm
End Depth: 21″ / 53.3cm
Capacity: 800lb / 363kg
Weights are based on year-long production averages and may vary.

· Symmetrical hull
· Shallow arch bottom
· Slight rocker with raised ends
· Available with or without a shoe keel in some materials. Weights listed above are for no-keel versions.

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By Rick via

The idea of photographing among middle Potomac River islands and channels led me to my Royalex Bob. Helpful sales staff had a genuine enthusiasm for the boat. Its impressive versatility is the thing. Here was my first canoe and only my second time ever in a canoe. Still, after 5 self-taught practice sessions on the slow moving and adjacent C&O Canal, I felt confident enough to try the river: at my chosen spot the max was Class I.

Over the summer the boat showed itself to be everything claimed by the sellers: good turning, good tracking and fairly fast, stable but lively, great solo, confidence inspiring and capacious. I emphasize that the Bob flatters. Consider my inexperience and self-taught course. Within a short time and starting from zero, I was able to paddle a straight line from one side and to turn with assurance. Before the end of the summer I was paddling in open water for 5 hours as well as cutting around in tiny snag choked channels with a determined current.

This canoe, as a tool, could at times excuse itself from my consciousness while I worked on photography. On the other hand, its easy handling and its go-anywhere capability enhanced my intimacy with that surprising 7 mile stretch of river, half land and half water, between Great Falls and Seneca Creek.

By Flipper via

So unlike any other boat I’ve owned or paddled. Beautiful fair lines and trimmed in wood with a 2-tone hull, the boat turns heads on and off the water. I bought the Spectra layup for its durability yet still it weighs less than 50 lbs. I have paddled her now almost 2 seasons and until 2 weeks ago, it had all been solo. I love the boat. It tracks well yet dances across the surface rather than plowing her way thru. Heeled over, I’ve shipped water over the low gunwale and still brought her back upright with ease. Roiling water and plunges don’t seem to phase her at all.

Paddled by 2, I was amazed at her speed with enough easy capacity for a 5-day trip with all the seaworthiness of some much deeper boats. The folks at the factory have been nothing less than stellar with sharing info, tips and help with any question I can devise. For any solo day or long weekend tripper, this is certainly a boat to consider. For tandem partnerships, the Bob is nimble and dry and will do a variety of water with aplomb. Definitely a boat and manufacturer I would recommend to anyone.