The Jun Bug is at home on small creeks and rivers as well as small ponds and lakes. It was originally conceived as a small, maneuverable day tripper but it also excels at FreeStyle. Its rounded bottom and chines allow it to be easily heeled, carving/skidding 180 degree turns, with grace. Intermediate and advanced paddlers will find that it tracks nicely, on the straights. At less than 18 lbs. for the standard layup, it responds quickly to every paddle stroke and is effortless to portage. It performs well when kneeling with a straight shaft paddle as well as when sitting with a straight shaft, bent or kayak paddle. This canoe is a joy to paddle and is ideal on small, winding creeks such as are found in the Pine Barrens and the Adirondacks. It also is great on portages from lake to lake in the Boundary Waters and Algonquin Park. With a heavier layup, it can be a fun play boat on class 2 and 3 whitewater.
If you’re looking for a shorter light weight solo canoe that handles well and can haul a bit of gear, the Jun Bug would be a great choice.
This canoe is also available with a deck, see the “Loon”
Designed by Marc Ornstein
Marc Ornstein has been paddling canoes for most of his adult life. His experiences include whitewater play-boating and tripping, touring, and Freestyle. He is an ACA/USCA instructor with River canoeing, level II certification, solo/tandem and level III Freestyle canoeing certification, solo/tandem. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Freestyle Committee of the American Canoe Association.
He owns and operates Dogpaddle Canoe Works, where he designs and builds custom canoes and canoe paddles. He is a four time national gold medalist in Freestyle Canoeing. All four of those medals were won paddling a Dogpaddle Illusion which he designed. The Illusion is a larger version of the Jun Bug