I love my boat. Any
good redneck loves his/her boat, of course, but I have
a boat that is particularly good for the conditions I run
in. I've been out in a variety of craft from v-hulls to
jon boats, and I've never found anything better than my
Gheenoe. I think it is THE best boat for exploring my area.
A Gheenoe is
wider in the middle than a canoe, with foam-filled flotation
pockets in the sides. It is nearly as easy to paddle one-manned
as a canoe, but the really great thing about a Gheenoe
is that, unlike a canoe, it will not tip over. (Ok, ok,
I'm sure someone really trying could get it to tip, but
I've had this boat in some rough water with airboats roaring
by, and I'm telling you the darn thing bobs like a cork!)
As a matter of fact,
we call the boat "Bob" (short for "Bob-era")
just because of this feature.
My engine is a 6hp
Johnson. It doesn't go fast, but it can go anywhere
in the marsh where there is a foot of water.
The bottom of the
boat is so broad and flat that 6 inches of water is enough
to float her. If we want to leave the main channel I just
kick up the engine and we paddle overtop the grass or muck
to get to the next patch of water.
There is very little
deep water in the headwaters where I am. There is a narrow
channel of maybe 6-10 ft deep water meandering through
marshlands and shallow lakes for miles and miles. It broadens
and deepens in places, but most of the landscape is shallow
water overgrown with hydrilla, clogged with submerged tree
branches, and packed on top with lettuce plants and hyacinth.
little boat has taken us quite a few places.