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Bell Canoe Tests New Whitewater Prototype


5/20/2002

By Karen Zekan

After testing a prototype on the Moose River in upstate New York, Bell Canoe Works says its new whitewater hull could take canoeing by storm.

"We're not building play boats but rather the first truly high performance whitewater open canoes the industry has seen in years," Bell's John Woodruff said.

The new boat's look will remain a secret until it is unveiled at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market with Bell's other 2003 boats. Sources say its shape retains Bell's classic sheer lines and shoulder.

"The boat carved and edged very predictably," said Scott Locorini of Mountainman Outdoor Center in Inlet, N.Y., who was part of the test along with the boat's co-designer, David Yost, and Craig Johnson, Bell's national sales manager. "It offered the performance intermediate and advanced boaters demand but has the attributes beginners need as well. I felt very much in control."

Rough specifications, subject to change, put the boat at 12 feet in length with a 28-inch beam, 5.5-inch bow, 3.5-inch stern and shouldered construction with a Bell elliptical cross-section hull. Visit www.bellcanoe.com for more information.



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