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Royalex® construction makes this canoe so lightweight that car-topping and portaging are easy for a solo paddler
Royalex hull provides exceptional abrasion resistance and springs back from impacts
V-entry hull with keel enhances tracking and ensures easy handling, even for a novice
Narrow beam width is also suitable for double-bladed paddles
Features molded polyethylene decks with grab handles, vinyl gunwales, ash thwart and wood-framed webbing seat
Made in USA.
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by BAfromGreat Canoe would buy again !I read a lot about different canoes before my purchase. I needed a solo, stabil, lightweight canoe at a reasonable price. This is it and more. I flyfish from this boat while I would not suggest you stand it is very stabil for its size and weight. Add a back support chair to the seat and you are very comfy.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5out of5
by BoydManfromAwesomeTook this canoe on a 3-day trip down the Buffalo River. The water was up and got a bit choppy at times. It performed fantastic. I used a 270cm double-bladed paddle with no issues. As has been mentioned many times this is a lightweight boat with the capacity to carry plenty of gear. If it ever wears out, I will buy another.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 4out of5
by bob the boat builderfromBest little boat on the riverGreat little solo boat for small rivers and streams. Very responsive to every paddle stroke. Fun and easy to paddle once you get used to how responsive it is. Easy for one person to load and unload on/off car-top carriers. Enough room for personal gear for a week-end trip or longer.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 4out of5
by Back of Beyondfromnice solo for priceI have been using this canoe for over ten years and would HAPPILY buy it again. This canoe is a great solo canoe for general recreational use. The price is good and it only weights 33 pounds. It paddles nicely with a long kayak paddle and tracks nicely for a short 12 foot boat. I have used it on BWCA trips in Minnesota up to a week long, as long as I pack light like a backpacker. (However it is not as fast as longer boats so you will get tired trying to keep pace with tripping canoes.) It is extremely durable and bounces back from nearly anything, unlike a kevlar boat. The biggest challenge is that it FEELS tippy until you get used to the boat, especially when you enter and exit the boat.
Also, it is not as fast or straight tracking as the higher end kevlar solo canoes, but that is not the point of this boat. If you need a solo canoe with those qualities then you need to spend 2 grand on a canoe. This is a great recreational canoe, I use it for exploring, fun paddling and fishing.
I have also tried similar canoes from Wenonah and other canoe companies that make some very nice light weight plastic solo canoes, but they usually cost significantly more. If you need a canoe that is even more portable then Pakboat makes some nice lightwight folding canoes and kayaks, some models are available through REI.
If it is possible, then try several canoes out before you buy and find one that you like for your needs.
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 4out of5
by heygeniusfromgreat canoeI took this on a several day solo trip on the Floodwood Pond loop in the Adirondacks and it perfomred flawlessly. It's very lightweight and was very easy to portage alone. A couple days the wind picked creating small white caps, but the canoe tracked well. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but you can't beat the bang for the buck with this one.
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 4out of5
by SheclimbsfromGreatIf you want to use a double-bladed kayak canoe for this, you will appreciate a length specifically made for solo canoes. A 240cm paddle felt too short--I banged the sides of the canoe with each stroke. An online search for a 260cm paddle turned up exactly the one I needed. (I am 5'1"; taller folks may want the 280cm paddle).
This canoe customizes easily: you can convert it into a rowboat by adding oarlocks (available with installation instructions from the mfr., Old Town) and a 5.5ft set of oars from Carlisle. I swapped out the webbed seat for a molded "Angler" seat, and moved the front thwart forward to give my dog a little more room to get comfortable in front of me.
The canoe seems durable enough, but I noted that the finish scratches very easily if scraped across rocks or shells on the shore. Might want to invest in the skid plate down the road. It is light enough to carry by myself, hooked over one shoulder with the kayak paddle and both oars inside. For car transport, it fits easily into a truckbed or completely inside of a VW Vanagon.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5out of5
by Iowapaddlerfromthe ultimate!This is my third Old Town canoe. Most of my canoeing is solo so this well constructed, very stable and lightweight unit fit the bill perfectly. I am in my 60's and can easily carry it, lift it on and off the top of my vehicle. Very maneuverable and I can stow all of my camping equipment with room left over.
Date published: 2010-03-28
Rated 5out of5
by WookfordfromThe perfect soloI researched canoes and kayaks for a year and then paid full price for this little wonder with no regrets.
Initial stability is excellent--I stepped into the boat off a two-foot drop on the riverbank. Spent an afternoon in the creek to learn the boat, have felt pretty comfortable ever since.
I'm 6 feet tall, about 250 lbs., size 11 feet, and sit comfortably kneeling on the seat. Can also sit in the other positions, but feel less control.
I use a 230 cm double-bladed paddle, and have very little difficulty steering even in swift currents. Have paddled it through water less deep than half of the paddle blade, about 5 inches. The shorter paddle is good for shallow water, but I am looking for a longer paddle for the rivers and lakes.
This boat is so quiet that fish actually bump into it. Lots of fun, easy to portage and cartop, and it will carry all the gear you need for a few days of camping.
Love this boat, and my wife doesn't mind at all that I bought it!
Date published: 2010-05-20
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