8th-March-2007, 09:03 PM
Ally 16.5' DR
Length: 500 cm / 16' 5''
Width: 95 cm / 37.5''
Width gunwale: 92 cm / 36''
Width waterline: 85 cm / 33.5''
Depth: 36 cm / 14''
Height bow: 47 cm / 18.5''
Weight: 20 kg / 44 lbs
Capacity: 380 kg / 835 lbs
Maker's Write Up
The canoe for those who need large volume combined with high stability on plain waters and in rivers. For years the 16.5’ DR has been the no. 1 choice of expeditions all over the world. Suitable for 2-3 persons with gear or 2 adults and 2 children. ALLY 16.5´ DR has the same shape as 15’ DR but a longer, less rockered keel line, which increases directional stability. This canoe has been paddled in heavy white water and on rivers with great technical difficulties with splendid success - making it the optimal choice under all conditions.
1st-August-2007, 07:21 PM
Well, having lost storage by buying an apartment home we had to switch to a folder, join a club with storage or give up paddling. This Ally has worked out well. Reasonably stable at rest, quite stable when underway. It handles flat to rough water well - last weekend a two foot chop with 6 foot swells off the west coast of Canada. It flexes and sort of rides over a lot of the rough water and doesn't loose much forward momentum when being pounded straight on like our old canoe. We haven't tried any river white water yet but it handled well on fast flat water on the Fraser. We've been downwind sailing it and that works well too. The more gear you load in to it, the more it likes it - and it holds a lot. Amazingly you can cartop it (we put 5 inch wide foam strips cut from that blue camping sleeping foam stuff) under the straps we put over the hull and then tie the bow and stern down. This is best up to 50mph/80k but for short bursts we have been up to 90 and 100 k. The boat is stable but our worries about rubbing on the fabric generally make us slow down. We put it away in a couple of duffle bags and leave it in a closet. We have managed to get on busses and trains and board ferries as walking passengers with it, which is a nice bonus. We need 30 to 45 minutes to put it together - depending on how much extra gear we are loading in to it or installing on it. It comes down in about 10. We made our own V sail and are working on a proper sail with a lee board arrangement - a bit of a tricky design problem with a folder! It has just enough flotation built in but that isn't enough for us so we squashed a bunch of foam chips into a nylon bag, wrapped it in a basketball net and clip it in the bow. This works surprisingly well so we plan to make another for the stern.
18th-November-2009, 01:26 PM
Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.
Originally Posted by harbilly
26th-January-2010, 07:15 PM
Hi, I would like one of these, does anyone know where they are available from, Scottish Paddler Supplies do not respond to my mails.
26th-January-2010, 08:14 PM
I think that Scottish Paddler Supplies is no longer, but I'm sure someone else will confirm. Given that, I don't think there is a retailer of Ally boats in the UK anymore.
For folding boats, you could try http://www.knoydart.co.uk/, who sell Nautiraid boats, or Ed Bassett, who sells Pakcanoes, and posts on this forum, and I can vouch for pretty good service from him.
Look at the reviews of Nautiraid and Pakcanoes to see what folks think.
26th-January-2010, 09:47 PM
There a dutch dealer. I am coming to the uk end of feb, Perhaps I can help.
28th-January-2010, 12:13 AM
Thanks Yellow Pryanha, I will follow those links up
28th-January-2010, 12:14 AM
Hi Lennart, yes I could be interested, do you have a web site for your dealership?
Originally Posted by Lennart
4th-February-2010, 07:37 PM
I've just had an e-mail from Tamarack (just a customer no other links) they are adding Ally canoes to their range and are expecting stock in the next seven days - I think theres a sotp discount too.
hope this helps those who are looking for one.
28th-March-2010, 07:48 AM
Yes they have them in now
11th-April-2010, 04:54 PM
Import - dealer network
Even when I got mine I had to have a Canadian retailer specially order it from the US distributor and they dealt with the customs people. I couldn't find one handy to my location.
It was worth it, though.
25th-May-2010, 08:00 AM
25th-May-2010, 01:49 PM
We finished the lateen sail project with the great success as regards the leeboard, sail, mast mounting and rigging. We used a lot of dense camping foam to protect the boat. We did not do as well with the mast material. Scrounged aluminum tent poles didn't cut it. We haven't returned to the project to try steel or wood, been just too busy.
25th-May-2010, 02:07 PM
Would an aluminium poling tube be a solution? Like the one Endless River sells?
They supply theirs as part of a sailing kit also, so I would suspect it's rugged enough.
Although you might also want a bit bigger sail, I am not quit sure how big theirs is.
If you can find the time to add some images or sketches of your leeboard, mast step and rudder construction, I would appreciate it highly.
25th-May-2010, 02:59 PM
Yes it might. I will look to see if I can post pics. The mast step: think of a step pyramid of wood with lashing holes bored all around and heavy foam on the bottom. The lee board I did in oak, likewise the brace board it mounted to. I'm afraid I never got to a rudder as I used my paddle instead. If I can take some pics tomorrow I will put them on the web and place the link here.
29th-May-2010, 06:14 PM
That would be great! I am looking forward to seeing those!
Originally Posted by harbilly
29th-May-2010, 06:41 PM
Great. Am out of town for a bit. Glanced at the boat closet on the way out the door and saw what I need to photograph so I should get it done next week! Although, I am notoriously forgetful!
29th-May-2010, 09:18 PM
I am in no hurry. In the meantime I did do some cross posting to the Yahoo sailing canoe group, so there might be some more people monitoring this thread now.
8th-June-2010, 09:52 AM
30th-August-2010, 10:49 AM
18th-February-2012, 04:58 PM
Ok, this thread is quite old, but were photos ever posted of the sailing set up? Perhaps elsewhere? I'd be very interested, as might others.
12th-September-2012, 09:03 AM
Does anybody have information about the amount of rocker this canoe has?
We are playing with the idea of buying a folder. The idea even came from my other half who suggested we should look into buying one as she sees advantages over our current fleet of canoes in ways of weight and ease of transport (no loud bulky canoe on top of the car). (also suggesting I get rid of one or two canoes I never use anyway...)
We currently have a Swift Dumoine 164, which has considerate rocker, is great as an allround river cruiser, but is hard to handle in windy conditions.
My first choice for a folder would be one that has a straighter keel line to enhance tracking, like the Ally 17 or a pakcanoe 165/170. The Ally 16.5 is easier to get my hands on in the second hand market though...
Can anybody compare tracking of an Ally 16.5 DR with for instance a Swift Dumoine 164 or any Prospector in the same length range?
12th-September-2012, 01:01 PM
Hi Digger, we have the Ally 15DR and it seems to track pretty well when we get the paddle technique correct two up, with me solo it tracks well unless it gets windy with little weight in the bow.
I have just looked through the manual I got with it and there is no information on rocker, however, we are out for a paddle tomorrow so can measure the rocker on ours if that is of any help.
12th-September-2012, 01:35 PM
Hi Rob, the manufacturer says: "ALLY 16.5´ DR has the same shape as 15’ DR but a longer, less rockered keel line, which increases directional stability". You can do the measurement, but I think the results will be of much use if you have a 15DR.
They probably don't want to give any values for the rocker because loading the canoe will have influence on the rocker. They'll want to avoid complaints..
Thanks for the offer though.
12th-September-2012, 01:47 PM
Tandem it is ok (Liewe and myself paddled my 16.5 DR on the Sunday at the 4th Dutch SotP meet among the flower fields with winds up to the upper regions of 4 Bft)
Soloing I am still frequently blown all over the place, partly because the natural flex of the Ally causes the rocker to increase to the point where the waterline lenght, even when levelled, approaches 2m.
But you are welcome to try yourself, just drop in on one of the 3-weekly paddle meets on Lennart's doorstep.
12th-September-2012, 02:07 PM
You are most welcome Digger, hope you find what you need..JotM's offer sounds like the way to go though, see it, play with it then say what the hey! and buy one
12th-September-2012, 02:08 PM
7th-November-2012, 07:33 AM
Due to "other priorities" we still haven't bought any boat yet.
But I do have another question: Because of the flex these canoes are said to have a dry ride, but is it enough to compensate for the lack of flare? From the shape of the bow (and stern) I get the impression that if this canoe would hit a wave (or a stopper at the bottom of a chute) it would just go through it and there's no flare to keep the water out.
How does this canoe handle waves compared to any Prospector? Would this be a valid comparison?
I wouldn't mind using a spray deck to keep the water out, but my partner has a different opinion on that subject.
7th-November-2012, 10:14 AM
Hi Digger, we have taken our Ally down some of the canoe passes on the Medway, some tandem, and had little to no water over the bow.
Have you seen any of the Lars Monsen video's on youtube? He puts them through some tough treatment.
Philosophist and Scoutmaster have done a lot of Ally trips, maybe a PM to them may be of help.
9th-January-2013, 06:42 AM
behaviour of the Ally 16.5'DR in waves
I have two examples to show the behaviour of the Ally 16.5'DR in waves.
Originally Posted by Digger
9th-January-2013, 06:45 AM
behaviour of the Ally 16.5'DR in waves
The first it is open, without any baggage, and a 45 kg bow paddler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaJQ6hra80U
The second it is closed, with heavy baggage, and a 80 kg bow paddler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MiC38oxhks#t=4m40s
The second video also shows the variable rocker ;-)
Last edited by Spartaner; 9th-January-2013 at 06:49 AM.
9th-January-2013, 06:55 AM
9th-January-2013, 04:15 PM
There's even youtube footage showing the boat under sail and making reasonable progress (judging from the waves) upwind
19th-February-2014, 10:12 AM
Paddle size choice for Ally 16.5
folk give my an idea of what paddle lengths work with the Ally 16.5
I have to get paddles without trying first I'm afraid.
Some examples of your "size"/height and the paddle size you use would be great, and any other comments on this choice.
19th-February-2014, 11:17 AM
Last edited by Rob-GB; 19th-February-2014 at 11:47 AM.
Reason: to add vid
19th-February-2014, 07:37 PM
Cheers Rob, I wasn't sure if an Ally would be just the same criteria as a rigid canoe. Useful video. Thanks again
6th-May-2014, 01:32 PM
Anyone paddle these solo - if so how does it work as I'm used to a paddling solo with kneeling thwart and the boat heeled and can see the Ally seat parked in the middle of the boat being pretty useless for this.
6th-May-2014, 02:41 PM
(For me) It is awful solo.
I have been in and out of town so much the last 5 years I haven't been out paddling. We are icing to our ranch now so I hope, by summer, to have the time to get in the water. But I hated paddling the Ally alone.
Originally Posted by Davy 90
6th-May-2014, 03:04 PM
Was hoping to point you in the direction of Lars Monsen, but he always seems to have loads of kit plus sled dog!
Have a peep anyway.
PS: I take no responsibility if you end up watching all the videos
6th-May-2014, 08:01 PM
Looks like he paddles it from the rear seat.
I've seen a couple of his movies before, good stuff
6th-May-2014, 08:21 PM
I've seen Pakcanoe's soloed. this image would suggest lots of seat positioning options;
6th-May-2014, 09:03 PM
I was happy soloing my ally. I simply knelt in the middle. I think it handles nicely once built. (It is the building it that I find a bit of a pain.) And for portaging it is an utter pleasure compared to my fibreglass apache. Very light indeed.
9th-May-2014, 11:40 AM
We've got Pakcanoes, not allys, but I thought I'd stop by, in case it helps. We've started padding ours solo a little and its been working out for us, though we'd prefer a shorter boat.
Originally Posted by Davy 90
The tractor/riser based seats are very movable, allowing them to be placed where you want them to an extent. The pakcanoe bench seat option gives me something like a kneeling thwart, but the positions are more limited in the standard build - you'ld need to get some additional plastic doo-dars to have more options. But we've found sitting in the front seat in reverse like a standard disco works for us if we stick a bag or two at the front.
At the OCA weekend a far better paddler than I tried out the pakcanoe and was impressed with its solo handling - he just knelt in the middle and heeled it over.
Hope this helps. Obviously I'd find somewhere or someone who has an ally and check the seats give you options.
9th-May-2014, 11:59 AM
Another Pakcanoe user, here, but I have non issues paddling our 16' boat solo, kneeling in front of the wider seat (difficult to know whether to call it front or rear since which it is depends on which way the boat is travelling). I am planning to get an Aiguille Stingray saddle (http://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk/cgi-...showprod_STRAY) to see if that makes it even nicer.
Edit: on our Pakcanoe, there is a thwart across the widest part which may feel a bit close - I don't know if the Ally has the same, but it's wortrh checking where the thwarts would be compared to where you want to sit. I think the shorter Pakcanoes, which are aimed more at solo paddlers have thwarts on ribs fore and aft of centre, leaving the centre clear for the paddler.
Last edited by Yellow Pyranha; 9th-May-2014 at 12:02 PM.
Reason: additional thought
9th-May-2014, 12:04 PM
Kneeling in the canoe and heeling an Ally is not a problem. With the materials used it would even be more comfortable than any rigid canoe, as long as you don't kneel on any of the hard parts.
Creating something like a kneeling thwart will be hard if you don't want to make modifications because there's nothing to really attach such a thwart to at the height where you would expect a kneeling thwart to be.
One thing you could do is buy an extra middle rib (the one with the top bar) and then remove the bar to replace it with something you can use as kneeling thwart (and at the right height). The original bar would be too high (and not strong enough) to use as a kneeling thwart, but the replacement must be strong enough to maintain the shape of the canoe.
9th-May-2014, 12:08 PM
There's also this if you want to put a seat in the middle of the canoe. A kneeling thwart would be better I think because sitting in the middle of a wide boat would make the paddling more difficult than paddling it kneeling and heeling.
9th-May-2014, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the responses.
I'm hoping to use the boat initially in easy grade II WW with a load solo, by the sound of things I'll need to improvise something to assist with kneeling - I've not done much paddling kneeling in the middle of a canoe without a thwart/seat and when I did try it I found the lack of connection to the boat felt very odd - although having said that, I do move about a lot in my P15 on WW so probably spend a fair bit of time with little weight actually going through the kneeling thwart, more a case of hooking my calves underneath when thrashing about in more complex water..... perhaps more a case of getting to grips (literally) with a new situation than a problem.
The ability to knee walk across a wide prospector type hull for off side/cross deck strokes is important which I can imagine being less than straightforward with a stingray type saddle..
I might try paddling my P15 backwards straddling a dry bag as an improvised saddle to see how it works...
9th-May-2014, 12:25 PM
11th-May-2014, 04:52 PM
If you are paddling boney welsh river or similar consider knee pads. Hard urban skater kneepads is what I would recommend not a bit of neoprene.
Only when you have your knee bounced onto a rock through a soft-bottomed boat on a rapid will you truly know pain.
That or childbirth i suppose.
6th-June-2014, 10:21 PM
Have been out of the SOTP scene for a while but in the meantime I bought a 16.5 dr and love it. Have paddled mostly with kids up front and find it easier into wind than my heavier wooden canoe.
On the subject of kneeling in/ near the middle I am going to experiment with making a plate made up from a foam pad with thicker strips of closed cell foam where there are gaps between the hard bits. (May use a thin bit of ply for extra protection but am keen not to add weight or risk of edges causing damage) I find the seats are bit limiting in how far up the canoe you can set them as the tubes are a bit short.
Dodgy knee has much improved from kneeling in a rigid through the club though
Have been doing my 3 star and begun to explore grade 2 water in a rigid but before I venture out in my Ally I would like a bit more between me and a big rock!
Thanks to "Mainstream" for a great training weekend. Much more confident in my paddling and have been every week since.
8th-June-2014, 04:02 PM
Six millimetre thick ply weighs little and if you round off the corners and edges then wrap in a closed cell padding it will both protect you and the skin of the Ally considerably.
(coarse sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood will quickly perform the rounding off job so no costly tooling required)
12th-June-2014, 08:57 PM
I tried the foam version on Monday and will post a couple of photos when I get the time. Reasonably comfortable but as I had no weight up front found the canoe very easily affected by the wind. Had to apply heads up and good paddle technique to maintain a straight line but it went well
Thanks for the suggestion Rob. I think that will be the next version and should give more control from body movement and that extra protection. Having another go on Saturday
27th-September-2016, 04:44 PM
Just got back from a five months canoeing and hiking trip through Sweden and Norway and the 16.5 almost paid back in savings on gas alone. Also, we could easily leave the canoe in the car while going on a trek. The 16.5 performs very well on whitewater and flatwater. In windy conditions it takes a bit of effort to keep it going, but when the waves get high, you always feel safe in this very stable canoe. Finally, we did a lot (and I mean a LOT) of portaging. I really wouldn't want to do this with a canoe that is heavier than the 20kg 16.5. Great canoe!
27th-September-2016, 11:47 PM
Have added a photo of padded set up
works better solo with a dry bag filled with about 5-6 litres of water just to keep the bow down in wind
trying to come up with a kneeling thwart effect.