Jensen Tandem Racing V-1
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Skin coat two layer Kevlar® construction, three-layer lightweight spruce and cedar gunnel, sliding bow & stern Kevlar® bucket seats, adjustable stern footbrace, glassed-in bow footbrace/bulkhead
Clipper Canoes build two pro tandem racing canoes, the V-1 and P-3, both designed by Eugene Jensen. These are well known canoe racing designs that are built to be both stiff and fast. Both meet the 3/27 rule, which states that a canoe must be 27" wide at the 3" waterline in an 18 ½' boat, and the beam must be a minimum of 33" at the gunnel. The bow height is 14"-15" and stern height is 8".
The V-1 has a slight V on the bottom. It is generally the first choice of experienced paddlers who weigh 180 lbs or less.
Both tandem racing canoes feature a skin coat two layer Kevlar® construction. Foam ribs stiffen the sides and act as an anchor point for the seats. The bow seat is fastened to a full size bulkhead. Both models feature a center half size bulkhead for additional stiffness. Bulkheads are manufactured with a structural marine foam core which is covered with Kevlar® cloth. The gunnels are composed of a three-layer combination of spruce and cedar.
The bow and stern seats are a bucket-style made available standard in Kevlar®; both seats are adjustable. Lighter-weight carbon seats are also available as an optional upgrade (contact your dealer for pricing on this option). The stern seat can be unbolted and moved, so that there are two different positions that the slider will work from. This gives teams with a large weight difference between the two paddlers with an easy and effective method of trimming their canoe. The stern position features an adjustable footbrace, while a mini glassed-in bulkhead will provide the optimal position for the bow footpad.
An optional self-bailer will add approximately one pound to the overall weight of the package
More Info about Clipper Racing Canoes:
Most canoe races in the Northwest will fall into one of three main classifications:
3/27 or Pro Boats:
This class continues to increase in popularity as a result of the Canadian Marathon Association's recognition of the 3/27 as the standard for their races. The 3/27 rule states that canoes must be 18'6" in length, 27" in width at the 3" waterline and 33" wide at the gunnel (measured within one foot of the center of the canoe). Bow height must be 14" to 15" and the stern height must be 8". These canoes are considered to be the fastest of the racing canoes. The Jensen V-1 and Jensen P3 offered by Clipper Canoes meet the 3/27 requirements.
4/32 or Amateur Racing Class:
Often referred to as the amateur racing class, 4/32 class canoes can be shorter than 18'6" in length. These canoes must have a minimum width at the 4" waterline of 14.375% of the canoe's length.
Citizen's or Amateur Class:
In this class of canoe racing, organizers may specify a certain type of canoe to be used for a given race. The Clipper Tripper has been designated in many races as a standard amateur canoe. In Manitoba the 17' Jensen is the standard while the 18' Jensen Stock is the designated canoe of choice for the Yukon River Quest.