Gheenoe Canoe, Stability, Speed, Weight, Are they worth it?

Gheenoe canoes are great canoes that can be powered with a motor, they are known for their stability, which allows for great hunting and fishing. The company was established in 1970, and are manufactured in Titusville FL, part Gheen and part can”oe”, pronounced “Gee-new”.  

Gheenoe canoe are they worth it? 

Gheenoe may be a little manufacturer in Titusville, Florida, but they have a big name in the boating industry, and an even bigger devoted fanbase. The Gheenoe comes in several models, which are: 


The 13’ Highsider is a small boat which offers users a lot of versatility. The Highsider begins with a rock-solid hand-laid fiberglass construction, forming out an impressively stable planing hull. The 13’ Highsider can take up to a 5hp engine, which pushes this Gheenoe with ease. This size is easily maneuvered through the tightest waterways, and can easily be paddled when the motor needs to be pulled up. 


The 15’4 Highsider is arguable the most popular Gheenoe we sell. This size is great for either one or two people fishing on the flats. With the rated 10hp engine, the 15’4 can move upwards of 16mph on a calm day, this boat absolutely flies in the water. Couple that with a solid, hand-laid fiberglass construction, and even more solid stability, you have a versatile flats skiff that can get you on a variety of water ways, whether with motor, trolling motor, or paddles. 


The 15’6 Classic gives you a slightly bigger Gheenoe than the Highsiders, but with a lot more horsepower, and a lot more available options, such as a poling platform to grant boaters an elevated position for scanning the flats. Rated for up to a 25hp engine, the Classic will get you to your favorite fishing spot extremely quickly. 


The offers the greatest stability and speed out of the Gheenoe lineup. The 16’ Super is rated for a 40hp engine, and can be built with a center console, give boaters a Gheenoe that is closer to a flats skiff than a canoe. The 16’ Super comes standard with a selection of features from the factory, including: Low Front Deck, Front Pedestal Seat & Mount, Stainless Eye Bolt, Rod Holders, Electrical, Livewell Aerator, Front & Rear Lights, and Bilge Pump. 


Custom Gheenoe takes the spirit of the original Gheenoe, and adds a new flare. This company keeps it in the family, run by the grandson of the founder, at offers a selection of Gheenoe’s with an even heavier focus on flats fishing. Custom Gheenoe’s Lo-Tide series are wide, stable boats with impressively low draft. They also feature false floors, for easy moving through the boat, and plenty of storage for stashing all you gear. 


The LT10 improves upon the famous 15’4 Highsider hull, adding more flats fishing conscious additions. The LT10 has a false floor, and center storage console which allow for easy movement around the hull, and generous storage bow and stern. A smaller sized hull, this boat can be motored, paddled, or poled to your favorite spot on the flats. 


The LT25 blends the benefits of an ultra-shallow drafting canoe, with a traditional skiff, giving boaters a rock-solid, versatile, and spacious fishing platform. With a false floor, anglers can easy move around the hull. Storage is in not short supply with a center hatch, and bow/stern storage compartments on the raised decks. Outfitted with a 25hp motor, this hull skips over the water with ease, getting you to your favorite spot in no time. 

Gheenoe Canoe Models  

 13’ Model 15’4 Model 15’6 Classic 16’ Super 18’ Super 
Length 13’ 15.4’ 15’6 16’ 18’ 
Beam 44” 44” 55” 55” 67” 
Transom Width 27” 15” 31” 50” 63” 
Weight approx. 145 lbs 145 lbs 245 lbs 350 lbs 550 lbs 
Capacity  412 lbs 675 lbs 530 lbs 650 lbs 800 lbs 
Max HP 5 HP 10 HP 25 HP 40 HP 75 HP 
Shaft 15” 15” 15” 20” 20” 

Where are Gheenoe’s made? 

Gheenoe canoes are manufactured by Gheen Manufacturing CO, Inc which is located at 4600 South St, Titusville, FL 32780 

How Heavy is a Gheenoe? 

Depending on the model the Gheenoe Canoe;

  • 13’ and 15’4 weighs 145 Lbs,
  • 15’6 Classic weighs 245 lbs,
  • 16’ Super weighs 350 lbs
  • 18’ Super comes in at a weight of 550 lbs. 

How shallow can a Gheenoe go? 

Powered by a 25-HP outboard with a center console this boat will go almost anywhere in water as shallow as 5” and get you to spots not many other boats can reach. To get it on plane you are needing about 15” of water. 

Is a Gheenoe Stable? 

Have you been in a Tippy Canoe? but not the Gheenoe, it is a tip-resistant canoe. The Gheeno is slightly wider than a regular canoe. The top of the sides of the canoe slant in instead of out, making the canoe much more stable. The squared-off end design also makes it possible to add a motor to the Gheenoe canoe. 

The Gheenoe Story  

I always loved to go fishing, especially in small rivers and shallow hard-to-get places.  Most of the time, that meant going out in a canoe, which as we all know, can be very tricky and at times… very wet!  Being a Tennessee man, I can tell ya the water can be pretty cold!  It only took one flip, in Beaver Creek, on a cold winter day, to realize there had to be a better way.  How could a fisherman get the remote access that a canoe provided and still get superior stability?  

In the mid 1960’s, I was working as senior designer at the Kennedy Space Center.  One day I came across the drawings of a boat I had sketched, many years before, when I worked as a draftsman, at Dempster Brothers, in Knoxville, Tennessee. With a few more years of design work behind me, I drew up a design that would not only be extremely stable but would allow the option of an outboard motor!  I figured this would save my paddling arm for more fishing!  The design also let me get into really shallow water which works out great when fishing the flats and marshes. In 1968, the Gheenoe (part Gheen – part canoe) was born. 

In 1970, my beloved wife, Bobbie, and I decided that fisherman around the world needed to have access to this boat. It was then that I said good-bye to the great folks at Kennedy Space Center and started Gheen Manufacturing.  My entire family poured “blood, sweat, and tears” into this project, ate lots of beans and taters, and now, after almost 4 decades, I’m proud to say… it was well worth it! 

Has the Gheenoe ever been copied?  You better believe it has!  But the quality of the handmade Gheenoe family boats has never been matched!  Oddly enough, most of the copy cats actually cost more than the original!  

We now offer 4 models built here at our main facility.  Two 120 pound Gheenoe’s, the 13′ and 15’4″ models, which are light enough to easily be put on top of a car or in the back of a truck.  We have two wider and roomier Gheenoe’s, the 15’6″ Classic for the fisherman who wants a little more room, and the largest Gheenoe – a 16′ Super, available with stick steering or center console.  The Super is considered, by many, to be the World’s Ultimate Flats Boat.  There are two additional models being manufactured in the shop, across town, by my third son, “Pugar”.  

If you’re trying to get into really shallow water, wanting to brag about the one that didn’t get away, out to bag your limit of ducks, or just looking for a fun, safe day on the water with the family, …. think Gheenoe!  If you want a boat that’s nearly impossible to tip over… become a happy Gheenoe owner! 

One more thing, we have over 50,000 happy customers who swear by our product…the same quality product, we have been making for forty years.  I promise you that the Gheenoe will be forever among the best-loved boats ever owned.  Every Gheenoe is built with the kind of quality that will allow you to pass this boat down to your children or grandchildren.  I personally oversee the construction of every single Gheenoe.  

To our loyal dealers and customers, THANK YOU!  We’ve been building quality boats for over 45 years because of you!   

Happy Gheenoe-ing, Harley W. Gheen 
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How many people can a Gheenoe hold? 

Typically a Gheenoe is designed for max 2 people 

Gheenoe vs Canoe 

Gheenoe, which is slightly wider than a regular canoe, which are great for hunting and or fishing as they are more stable. The gheenoe is more stable, can take a larger outboard and a true poling platform, and many other options are available, but this also makes it much heavier and then must be trailered. 

How fast will a Gheenoe go? 

GHEENOE : 15’4 HIGHSIDER – With the rated 10hp engine, the 15’4 can move upwards of 16mph on a calm day, this boat absolutely flies in the water. 

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