Tennessean - 14'6" Canoe

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At A Glance:

  • Fiberglass (Classic) or Kevlar/Carbon Fiber (Expedition), and wood construction.
  • Beam  35" -   Depth 11.5"   - Bow Height 20"
  • Length  14.5' -  Approx. Weight  ~48 lbs.
  • Capacity  625 lbs.


The 14.5’ Tennessean is a canoe that can do a bit of everything. While a two-seater, it handles as comfortably solo as tandem. Spacious enough for two people to take a weekend trip, it can also be heavily loaded for long solo trips where resupply comes few and far between. It offers better maneuverability and speed than the 13' Osprey, while sacrificing only a little stability. 

Weighing just under 50 pounds, the Tennessean is straightforward to transfer into and out of the water whether solo or as a pair. Select between the classi Fiberglass layup, or Kevlar and Carbon Fiber combined together to strike a canny balance of weight and durability, then reinforce with cherry ribs for added strength and rigidity. Hardwood appointments, including the gunnels, seats, and thwart are rounded out with a striking gel-coat painted finish that is sure to impress both on and off the water. 

The best canoe you can own is one that's made exactly to your tastes. Numerous upgrades are available to tailor your canoe to your personal preferences, from customizable colors, trim options, floor prints, and even laser-engraved deck plates. A Merrimack canoe is more than just a tool to spend time on the water; it's a handcrafted work of art, tailor-made to the individual holding the paddle. 
All Merrimack Canoe Floor Prints
Merrimack Deck Plates

SHIPPING/HANDLING: If you would like us to ship your canoe there will be an extra charge. In general this will be $100-600 within the lower 48 states. Learn more about shipping/handling - click here.  



  • 5

    Posted by Jon Urness on Jun 23rd 2022

    I’ve only had my Tennessean a couple weeks but have already done a few 1/4-mile portages with gear, lots of fishing and general paddling. I can already say it’s the ideal balance of performance and good looks in my book. Beware, you’ll constantly be stopped at landings by strangers to tell about your Merrimack. I particularly like how I can simply reverse ends and paddle solo which accounts for 75% of my canoeing. Mine’s a fiberglass layup and I’m no he-man at 70 years old but my boundary blue, with teal chevrons Tennessean handles great, from throwing her atop my pickup truck to portaging with gear. Very nice for fishing as well. Love it so far and expect that will continue.

  • 5

    Posted by Dan H on Apr 5th 2022

    No need to repeat what other reviewers have said about the spectacular craftsmanship of these boats... Suffice it to say, it's even prettier in person than in the photos. Instead, let me recount my second day paddling my new fiberglass Tennessean. (Side note: Merrimack told me the weights cited on the website are for the kevlar/carbon boats, and fiberglass is just a few pounds heavier... haven't weighed mine to confirm.) I wanted to see how it felt portaging the boat, so I took it to a pond with a 70 rod carry to the put-in. To me, that was a totally doable distance - but I would have wanted a break before going much farther. Your mileage may vary.... When I got to the pond, the put-in still had an inch of ice until about 15 feet from shore, so I bushwhacked to an ice-free spot. Got in the canoe, and then noticed the submerged log an inch under the water right in front of me. So I walked to the very bow, got out onto the log, slid the boat by me, and got back in at the very stern. The boat felt totally stable enough for that operation. Once on the water, there was a cross-breeze gusting to around 10 knots. In some other boats (solo and unladen), that could have been a challenge, but the Tennessean handled it admirably - just had to get my weight towards the center and power stroke on the leeward side, and the boat tracked perfectly straight. (And then when I want it to turn, it's every bit as cooperative!) Getting back out, I opted for the ice over the bushwhacking - shifted my weight back to raise the bow out of the water, paddled hard, and when the middle of the boat got onto the ice, jumped forward to level it out... and slid right across the ice to shore. A fantastic day in a fantastic boat!

  • 5
    Exceeded All Expectations!

    Posted by Malcolm Edwards on Jun 29th 2021

    I was at first somewhat skeptical about what I might see when I picked up my new canoe in Winona. After all, Sanborn has not been making canoes until just a few years ago when they purchased Merrimack. I was very pleased with the outcome, as my boat is beautiful. The same quality workmanship that they put in their paddles, they also put in their boats. I found it easy working with Peter on the delivery date and he gave my wife and I a tour around their new facility and talked about the different processes of construction. We were also able to meet and talk with Todd, the YouTube star and part owner. I'm sure a man of my age does not need a new boat, but I was giddy with delight, like a kid receiving his first bicycle when we loaded it up! Regarding the Tennessean as a choice, I already had a 13ft Navarro with fiberglass layup that comes in around 60 lbs. My Tennessean is something less than 60 lbs and is about 18 inches longer, with more freeboard, room in the bow, and is faster than my Legacy. I find the Tennessean not quite as stable as my Legacy, but it's far less tippy than say an unloaded Prospector in my view. Generally, I paddle small lakes with my wife and Yellow Lab, and we do fine in the Tennessean. I couldn't be happier!

  • 5
    Follow-Up Review

    Posted by Bruce Lindeman on Mar 31st 2021

    I just wanted to follow up on my earlier review, now that I've had a chance to paddle my new Tennessean. My son and I took her out on her maiden paddle a week or so ago and we had a blast. She's easy to load up on my Outback, easy to carry to the water, and absolutely pleasant to paddle. The Tennessean is a very stable boat due to its width -- but, it's not slow. It fits that niche for being a good day paddler, and/or a platform for fishing or photography. The build quality is exceptional. Sitting in the stern seat, I looked down and read the names of the guys that signed the ribs during her build, which made me smile. Thanks to all of you for building my boat and for keeping this brand alive!

  • 5
    Tennessean Canoe

    Posted by John Frederick on Jan 28th 2021

    We picked up our canoe in September of 2020, made a stop on the way home and paddled it. We have used it a couple of times since then and we love it. The craftsmanship is outstanding, but not only does it look good it paddles well. Tracks and turns better than any canoe I have ever used. Was well worth the wait and the drive to pick it up. We chose to drive up from Missouri to Minnesota. The folks at Merrimack were great and we appreciate their effort building our canoe.

  • 5

    Posted by Randy Smith on Sep 22nd 2020

    This a review after a full year of use. First off, we live on a small lake so we didn’t need a seventeen foot craft. Even though it has a shorter waterline this canoe is quick. A few paddle stokes brings it up to speed quickly. The keel helps with good tracking in a breeze. Its shorter dimensions help when maneuvering into tight fishing spots or when docking. Even though it is not a long craft, it is by no means pudgy. For a boat with this type of construction it is extremely light and I can easily pull it from the water into a portage position singlehanded. I bought this boat at Canoecopia and from the moment I saw it it was game over for the other canoes there. It has a blue over white hull with walnut ribs, gunwales, and deck plates. You can see it on Merrimack’s Facebook page. I’m a old school kind of guy so I like the look of a vintage canoe. The workmanship on this canoe is flawless. You couldn’t fit a razor blade between the wood joints. It really is a floating work of art made by people who love what they do and care about their craft. The admiring comments we get from people who see it are very satisfying. I wish our living room wall was big enough to hang it from when our Wisconsin lake is frozen over. If you want the perfect combination of performance and craftsmanship, look no further.

  • 5

    Posted by Thomas Kotheimer on Sep 15th 2020

    Looking forward to receiving my Tennessean canoe in the next few weeks. Can't wait. I know it will be a great canoe for single paddling in Swimming Pin Creek. Thanks for keeping me up-to-date on the building of my canoe.

  • 5

    Posted by Melissa on Sep 13th 2020

    I had a wonderful morning out in my beautiful new canoe. The floor print and the details on the deck plates are amazing. Thank you for guiding me through the process of getting a canoe perfect for me. It is very stable and just the right length that I am able to control it myself even when the lake is a little windy or rough. I am amazed at how lightweight it is and easy to get in and out of the water. Thank you!!

  • 5
    Tennessean Canoe

    Posted by Larry Tarica on Sep 12th 2020

    I have had my Tennessean for decades. I absolutely love it. I canoe alone (and fish); my wife and I love a nice paddle in it together; and we are now often taking one of our grandkids out with us. This canoe performs smoothly and it is a beauty to behold. Light and responsive. It is the best canoe I have ever paddled.