: to me, a canoe makes more sense than hauling three small kayaks.
: i have twin daughters - 10yrs - that love to fish with me.
: what do you think about just shortening this design by about 2ft... and
: leaving everything else as is.
yes, see mike's response, that design will work for your purposes
make sure you have the boat ready soon and in 'workboat' condition (rugged and painted?)
so you can spend time with your three girls, so you can accept that the girls use the boat on their own, and you can join them
i like the sleek looks and possibilities and it seems to be a tested and tweeked design; (so) i wouldn't shorten it, or it might turn into a crowded dinghy instead of a small freighter canoe
my guesses: stability will be very good (for a canoe), stability length wise will be good, handling chop will be good (but spray will fly and chill you), drag will be acceptable for fishing and pottering about, but not for long cruises on paddles alone
fixed seat rowing single handed might be very good, if fitted specifically to you
yes, this will work with a small motor; do focus on a motor that can handle low speeds, and low noise, it will go fast anyway
when you do want to shorten (to 15 feet minimum?) do not chop off a part, but put the moulds/stations an inch closer together (and pay close attention to the fit of bow and first station).
all the best with girls that want to join you on your trips (outfit it for teenagers, comfort and safety, and bring fishing gear)