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Mad River Explorer16 LT Royalex Canoe


    Mad River Explorer16 LT Royalex Canoe

    Whether on a family outing, fishing trip or overnight float, the Mad River Explorer 16 LT Royalex® canoe will help make memories for years to come. See details

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    Whether on a family outing, fishing trip or overnight float, the Mad River Explorer 16 LT Royalex® canoe will help make memories for years to come.

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    Whether on a family outing, fishing trip or overnight float, the Mad River Explorer 16 LT Royalex® canoe will help make memories for years to come.

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    Whether on a family outing, fishing trip or overnight float, the Mad River Explorer 16 LT Royalex® canoe will help make memories for years to come.

    • Featuring an overall weight of 65 lbs., the lean Explorer 16 LT offers all the durability of older versions with the same friendly performance
    • Royalex multilayer composite offers excellent abrasion resistance and springs back from impacts
    • Royalex also makes a much lighter weight hull than standard polyethylene and offers excellent strength and toughness
    • Exterior layers of vinyl sandwich interior layers of ABS plastic and undergo heating and molding, producing a superior-quality watercraft material
    • Symmetrical, shallow-V hull offers predictable handling, excellent tracking and superior performance in rough water
    • Moderately rockered hull offers a great balance between maneuverability and speed
    • Lightweight aluminum gunwales enhance stiffness and performance; molded carry handles at bow and stern decks aid in transport
    • The Mad River Explorer 16 LT Royalex canoe features web seats, a shaped yoke and durable, polyethylene decks

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    Mad River Explorer16 LT Royalex Canoe Specs
    Best use
    ABS and vinyl composite
    15 ft. 11.25 in.
    35.25 inches
    14.5 inches
    65 pounds
    1,100 pounds
    Hull construction
    Gunwales material
    Seat type
    Number of paddlers
    Weight capacity (lbs)

    Mad River Explorer16 LT Royalex Canoe

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    Mad River Explorer16 LT Royalex Canoe is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Canoes on the Market Have been paddling Mad River boats since I was old enough to reach over the gunnel. From Alaska to Montana, Nunavik to The Gaspé, and all over the Northeast. I still paddle my fathers first Mad River Duck Hunter regularly from month long expeditions to class III-IV whitewater. Easy to maneuver, durable as ever, and portage like a dream. Hope they never go changing. Look no further if you want an all around GEM! Between this boat and the OT Tripper you'll be set for life. Cheers
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Live and Learn We bought a Mad River Explorer 16 LT from REI Bailey's two weeks ago. Well. Now I know what oil canning is. No fault to REI. No number of paddle reviews could have prepared me for the disappointment that resulted from our first time out. Mainly because they all tend towards the same, bland summary - great all around canoe! Ha! If you are considering this canoe, read and re-read the following sentence. It is fundamentally inappropriate for two adults on a lake. With close to 200 pounds at either end of the canoe, and very little ballast in the middle, the "versatile Shallow Vee Hull" inverts - it pops up in the middle - becoming convex instead of concave, and losing what ever tracking benefit one supposedly gets from the quasi-keel effect theoretically afforded by initial shape of the hull. In fact, this hull is so flimsy ("flexible"?) that, when the front paddler moved to a middle position, directly in front of the yoke, in the bottom of the canoe, that only served to pop the front half back down. The back half was still distorted. The hull is rated at 1,100 lb capacity. It is stunning to think that I might need to always add 300 pounds of ballast in the middle of the canoe just for the hull to keep it's "usefull" shallow vee shape. Every pleasant breeze that came up affected the tracking. I suppose I will now have to take it down a river and bounce it off or slide it over a few rocks to actually appreciate it. I did not experience any noticable "superior rigidity for increased hull efficiency" as claimed by the manufacturer. I would hate to experience less rigidity. Perhaps the first piece of gear I add to this will be an anchor. That will serve the dual purpose of 1) ballast, and 2)"becalming" in a breeze when trying to hold position along a shoreline. I guess I better not forget charts and depth finder. OK. The battery for the fish-finder/depth-finder will add even more ballast. Heh, heh. I am already visualizing a retro-fit with some sort of aluminum inner keel with a vertical center brace. Ha! Seriously, this canoe might be fine for heavy load exeditions down river or for "families" on a lake, but I will have to change something about the canoe or my approach to canoeing in order to satisfyingly experience the primary function we had in mind - two adults enjoying flat water, gentle rivers, and streams. Review after review praised the durability of these canoes, so I will undoubtedly have plenty of time to experiment and perhaps learn to appreciate it's merits beyond being large and light weight. A big shout out to Big Ginger at Bailey's Cross Roads for helping us feel secure in transporting the canoe on the Yakima after-market crossbars and keelover canoe pads. Keep in mind that the "bottom line" above is based upon my limited experience. My opinion may change with time, but I feel my comments have been fair, accurate, and submitted in the proper context that I am new to canoeing.
    Date published: 2014-04-14

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