have graced southeastern bayous and swamps for hundreds of years. Local Indians used
dugouts for centuries. When French and Spanish colonists arrived, they too adopted this
efficient mode of travel.
With time and circumstance, designs and materials have changed. but the need for the
efficiency of a Louisiana Pirogue has not declined.
Ron Chapman has been handcrafting these boats for 20 years. His designs are based upon
the long traditions of Islenos, local hunters, and trappers. The pirogues are made of
hand-laid fiberglass mattes and woven rovens. [Each craft has a synthetic core reinforced
bottom for strength.] Foam flotation is added in the seats for safety. As a final touch
for stiffness, quite paddling, and authenticity, the boats are finished with cypress
Louisiana Pirogues come in four sizes: The "Copperhead"
[one-man], "Cottonmouth" [two-man],
"King" [guide boat], and the "Mudbug" [flat-back]. Each pirogue is built to exacting
specifications and will provide years of enjoyment.
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