Specifications for Seneca


Wenonah Canoes



19ft. 4in.




New for the 2008 season, Wenonah Canoe introduced the Seneca, our second model specifically designed for three paddlers. It is especially well suited for larger paddlers who like a bit more room at the paddling position. If you want one of these I will order it for you at a sale price with a 1/2 down, payment. 

The largest member of Wenonahs modestly rockered, tripping canoe family, the Seneca is highly maneuverable, while maintaining great initial stability and freeboard. The increased initial stability makes the Seneca a solid hook-setting platform for three aggressive anglers. The Seneca also offers the speed and efficiency that will allow three developing paddlers to match the pace of even the most powerful tandem canoe team. 

Serving as an alternative to the tag along solo canoe, the Seneca is designed with that extra camper in mind. Designed specifically as a MN Boundary Waters Canoe Area campsite maximizer, the Seneca allows for that 9th group member to comfortably tag along while complying with the 4 boats and 9 campers per group regulation. 

Whether it is to create room for that extra friend or make space for two larger paddlers with massive amounts of gear, the Seneca will bring peace and harmony to all larger paddling groups, as well as being great for a leisurely paddle with the whole family. 

The Seneca is currently available in Wenonahs industry leading Kevlar Ultra-light livery lay up and silver trim.




Canoes are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:

Royalex is a very tough and durable but still a reasonably light weight plastic laminate. A 17 foot Royalex canoe will weigh about 64 pounds compared to 75-85 pounds for other plastic or aluminum.

Composite materials include Tufweave, a fiberglass and polyester hybrid that outperforms ordinary fiberglass types S or E. Kevlar is a an extremely tough material that is also very light weight. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar but not as abrasion resistant.

Flexcore construction uses several layers of either Tufweave or Kevlar with a specially designed hull reinforcement in the bottom of the canoe. This reinforcement is designed to be quite stiff to retain the design shape but able to flex rather than break on obstacles. This is a very tough construction method but not as tough as Royalex. It's advantages are lighter weight and better performance. It is easily repaired if you manage to damage it.

Ultra light construction uses fewer layers of specially reinforced Tufweavekevlar and or graphite to build the lightest canoe that is still practical for everyday use in reasonably demanding conditions. It usually does not have a color applied to the hull unless you ask for it. The gel coat (color) adds about 5 pounds to the canoe. This is the stiffest construction method, resulting in the best performance. It is not a good choice for a steady diet of hitting rocks and gravel unless light weight is a very high priority for you. It is especially good for lake and large river trips where carrying the canoe is over portage routes is necessary. Some smaller people and those with less upper body strength appreciate the light weight in all circumstances. It is reasonably easy to repair in most cases.