Harley W. Gheen always loved to go fishing, especially in small rivers and shallow, hard-to-get places. But Harley found out that to get to those places meant going out in a canoe, which, as we all know, can be very tricky at times and very wet if you're not careful. Being a Tennessee man, he can tell ya the water can be pretty cold. Trying to fish with more than one person in a canoe can be very difficult, as well.
In the middle of the 60's Harley, at the time a senior designer at the Cape Canaveral Space Center, came across some drawings of a boat he had sketched up when he worked as a draftsman at Dempster Brothers in Knoxville, Tennessee. Putting his skills to work, he came up with a design that would be not only extremely stable, but that would allow the option of putting an outboard motor on the stern thus saving his paddling arm for more fishing. This design also let Harley get into really shallow water, which works out great when fishing the flats and marshes. So around 1968, the Gheenoe (part Gheen - part canoe) was born.
In 1970 Harley quit his job at what had become the Kennedy Space Center and with his wife Bobbie and their kids they started Gheen Manufacturing. They put all their time and energy into Harley's Gheenoe project and over 35 years and thousands of Gheenoes later, they still build the one and only Gheenoe. Many people have tried to copy it, but Harley still builds the only Gheenoe brand on the market.
Harley now has 6 models to choose from. They range from the 125 pound 13' and 15'4" models, which are light enough to easily put on top of a car or in the back of a truck, to the Low Tide 15, to the Low Tide 25, to the wider and roomier 15'6" classic for the fisherman who wants a little more room, and to the biggest Gheenoe - a 16' Super. So if you're trying to get into shallow water, wanting to get that bag limit of ducks, or just looking for a fun, safe day on the water with the family in a boat that's nearly impossible to tip over, step out of the ordinary and into a Gheenoe.
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Custom orders are being taken to provide you with the exact Gheenoe that you want and need. This includes colors, models, and installed options. For more information on this service and future delivery dates submit a request for more information.