BOAT Classes

Seneca Monster -- Classes

Pride is the prize. All else is tinsel.

ADVENTURE / OPEN TOURING: (Any paddled or rowed watercraft) Non - competitive participant category for craft such as canoes, kayaks and guideboats. No age or gender divisions and no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-place awards will be given. You are in it to finish. Times will be kept.

C-2 STOCK: Included in this class are two person canoe hulls similar to the Jensen 18. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales. Maximum length is 18' 6'', no minimum weight. Minimum width at 4'' waterline is 15 percent of length (33 5/16'' for 18'6''). Tumblehome max is 1'' per side. All NYPRA specifications apply. The current C-2 Stock list includes: Wenonah: Jensen 17, Jensen 18, Sundowner, Minnesota II, Monarch, Odyssey, Escape, and Escapade; GRB Newman Designs: Traveler 17' 5'', Traveler 18' 6'', Monarch; Mad River Lamoille, Horizon.; Bell Canoe Works Northstar, Northwind, and Northwoods; Savage River Works Susquehanna.

C-2 OPEN (Racers): This class is for racing canoes that fit the 3x27. Boats are to be a maximum length of 18’6” and they should measure at least 27” wide at the 3 inch waterline. The 4x32 cruisers are also accepted in this class.

C-1 REC: Under 16' 0" canoe

C-1 STOCK: Maximum length - 17’ 0”, Tumblehome not to exceed 3.5” per side. No minimum weight. The current C-1 Stock list includes GRB Newman Designs Classic and Classic XL; Wenonah Advantage, Prism, Encounter and Solitude; Sawyer Summer Song, DY Special and Shock Wave; Savage River’s Otegan (modified) Bell’s Magic, and Mad River’s Independence.

C-1 OPEN (Racers): One person in a solo racing canoe. Specifications according to NYPRA & USCA.

C-4 STOCK CLASS : Four person canoes must weigh a minimum of 55 pounds, and be designed by the manufacturer to accommodate 4 paddlers. Wenonah’s Minnesota 3 (with 4 seats) and Minnesota 4 are examples. Boats of similar design to the Minn 3 and 4 will be inspected and must be approved by the boat judge.

Boat hulls cannot be modified. Seat configurations can be redesigned to meet team needs. Bailers and spray skirts are allowed. Participants are required to use single bladed canoe paddles to power the craft. Rudders are not allowed.

Specific hull measurements: C-4 Stock Class:

A. Maximum length of 23’ 1", Minimum weight 55 pounds from the manufacturer.

B. The boat must be specifically built by the manufacturer to accommodate 4 paddlers.

C. Minimum width at the center line, at the 4" water line is 33", at both the gunwales and 4" waterline.

D. Minimum width at the 4" waterline - 4 feet in from the bow is 16", 4 feet in from the stern is 17".

E. There is no concavity in the longitudinal axis of the hull (bow to stern) and no concavity in the cross section (side to side)

below the 7" waterline. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales.

F. Minimum depths from the manufacturer: Bow = 20", Center = 13½", Stern = 17".

G. No hard line transitions in the hull of the boat. Curve of chine must be equal to at least the radius of a softball.

H. Maximum tumblehome of 2" per side.

TOURING KAYAK: Kayaks of any material with a maximum length of 20’ and a minimum width at the 4” waterline of 18”.

UNLIMITED KAYAK: Any kayak over 20’ in length and / or less than 18” in width at the 4” waterline. Many surf skis fit this description.

* These descriptions are modified from the excellent class descriptions created by Mac for the 90 Miler - Adirondack Canoe Classic. Thanks Mac!


Length: 11 - 23 feet (15 to 17 standard)

Beam: 32 - 44 inches (Outside measurement: 34 to 38 inches is standard)

Bottom Board Outside Width: 4 - 10 inches.

Stem Height: 20 - 26 inches.

Depth Amidships: 11 - 13 inches.

Construction: Traditional, Strip or mold construction; ribs may be laminated, hull may be wood, fiberglass, kevlar, or composite material, but must conform to traditional guideboat shape and character in the opinion of the boat judge.

Oars: Solid wood oars, maximum 8 foot length, 5 1/2 inches wide.

Hardware: Brass, bronze, or steel pins with 1/2 inch diameter hole to accept pin; may be bushed if out of round.

Use of wheels: is permitted in the Guideboat Class.

Footbraces: may be used.

Seats: Must be fixed, no rolling seats are allowed.

Oars and Paddles: may be laminated.

Hardware: Brass, bronze, or aluminum pins.

Footbraces: must be secured to the boat.

UNACCEPTABLE for the guideboat class:

· Roller or sliding seats.

· Roller, ball or needle bearings in hardware.

· Outriggers.

· Boats of design and or construction with pulled- in beams / ends.

· Paddles and oars with cupped or spooned blades.

photo: An Adirondack Guideboat on Upper St. Regis Lake. Taken by User:Mwanner, 22 October, 2007.

Stand Up Paddleboards

Classes depend on registrations

Photo by Bill Ebbesen. Woman stand up paddle surfing, Long beach bay side 2010.