I went down to the pond the other evening. My neighbor had left his 6 hr canoe and paddle there by the edge of the water.
Cool, I thought. I'll go for a ride.
I flipped the little boat over and set it in the water. I could see footprints in the bottom, so I stepped onboard. There was a rope dragging from the bow so I stepped toward it to haul it in.
Within seconds, the bow went under water and 40 gallons or so poured in. I tried to steady the boat with the paddle on the bank but, Man, this boat was TIPPY! I decided the best thing for me to do was get out of it. By now there was 8 inches of water in the boat and my pants were all wet.
I mean, this boat is probably 15 feet long, maybe 3 ft wide. Another friend of mine had built it about 10+ yrs ago and covered all sorts of ground in it. My neighbor's wife bought it for him for a christmas present about 8 yrs ago and it's been hanging in his shed ever since. He had told me it wasn't as stable as a 16' rail skiff that I had built.
So, I had posed a similar question on here some time ago:
For a given hull design, If you build one out of thin plywood, etc. and build another one out of solid wood, 3/4 boards, etc. Which one will be more stable? I'm guessing the solid wood one. Why? The weight alone?
My solid wood rail skiff is practically the same size as the canoe, but it is 10 times more stable. I can stand and pole that boat over logs and walk around and carry a dog, a buddy, and 2 dozen decoys without a care. The plywood canoe is so tender I'd just about be scarred to sneeze.