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 Post subject: Sawyer / Swift
PostPosted: September 4th, 2018, 6:33 am 
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I just saw a comment on another thread and did not realized that Sawyer became swift. I always thought those old Sawyers I saw looked a lot like swift. Is there a good writeup on this somewhere? I did some googling but did not hit anything. What's the story?


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 Post subject: Re: Sawyer / Swift
PostPosted: September 4th, 2018, 8:22 am 
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Check this: http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 20&t=27172


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 Post subject: Re: Sawyer / Swift
PostPosted: September 4th, 2018, 9:40 am 
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And to add:
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[...] When Bill Swift senior took hold of Algonquin Outfitters in Canada, they found that many canoeists renting their Grumman and traditional model canoes for wilderness trips into the Algonguin area, expressed a need for better paddling and carrying canoes, but without sacrificing two important characteristics of tripping canoes -- seaworthiness and stability. The result of that feedback was the establishment of Sawyer Canoe Canada as the canoe manufacturing division of Algonquin Outfitters (from 1985 -1990) to produce designs like the 190, X-17, 222 and Cruiser, licensed from Sawyer Canoe in the USA. While those Sawyer canoes were perfect for many paddlers, others were still looking for different kind of canoes. This led Bill Swift junior to the establishment of Algonquin Outfitters second manufacturing division (in 1990) called the Swift Canoe Company, using the motto "Pursuing perfection... not the competition", referring to the fact that in contrary to the canoes from Sawyer and others, like We-no-nah, with much racing ancestry in their designs, the new Swift canoes from designer John Winters were more scientifically designed from a nautical background with seaworthiness/safety and efficiency as the main design principles. [...]

Above is an edited exerpt from some forum contribution that I collected in my canoe texts 'archive'.

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