About the Kingfisher
The Kingfisher is out of date. It’s not a speed boat, it can’t pull a water skier, it has no onboard electronic equipment. It’s a throwback to the Maine tradition of square-stern fishing canoes.
I designed the Kingfisher for a customer from North Carolina that that a very old and well-used small fishing boat and wanted three more similar boats for his family. I took the lines off his old boat, smoothed them up quite a bit, added a bit of my own style to the design, and ended up with the Kingfisher.
A smooth-riding, stable, efficient hull, it needs only a 3 or 4 horsepower outboard to get fishermen or pleasure boaters to where they want to go. Its hull will safely handle a choppy lake with a couple of passengers. The Kingfisher is built extra heavy to withstand the extra forces a motor creates. An electric motor is a good choice for this boat or the boat can be used with oars. If anyone is traveling, be on the lookout for a Kingfisher being rowed in Paris on the Seine River!
Popular options are mahogany trim and bright transom, oar locks, bow or stern storage compartments, your choice of seating arrangements, or even a four-foot extended deck for storage and weather protection.
Thanks to one of our students, you can see the Kingfisher in action!