There's a reason why most Bell owners don't own just one Bell. All of our canoes — regardless of solo or tandem, Royalex® or composite — have the Bell feel. The sensation of paddling a Bell creates what we like to call "the Bell Experience." While that may mean something a little different to different people, we encourage you to paddle a Bell canoe and find out for yourself.
The Bell Experience is part of everything we do as a company. Each of our designs is the result of a collaboration between our company founder, Ted Bell, and designer, David Yost. Ted is a former nationally ranked canoe racer. David is arguably the most prolific designer of human-powered paddle craft in the world. Add to that the decades of accrued expertise offered by our paddle partners like Cliff Jacobson, Karen Knight, and Bob Foote and you end up with some exceptionally well-rounded designs.
Finally, the Bell Experience is enjoyed by you, our customer. Feedback from Bell paddlers has been rolling in via letters, email, and phone calls since the first boat was built in 1988. We enjoy all the trip reports, photos, comments, and suggestions. Consumer input helps us incorporate changes and improvements when necessary. Our experience shows that Bell canoe owners are a discriminating group. We take every effort to keep existing Bell paddlers happy and to share the Bell Experience with more new canoeists every year. That's one advantage of being a small, personable canoe company — change can happen immediately.