Submitted: 08-29-2007 by Jack O'Brien
Cayuga 130 Review Great design
Bought 2 130s June 2007 for small lakes/ponds Am 64, 58, 170 lbs (OK should be 160). A lot of experience with (relatively) heavy canoe.
Look up the reviews for the Cayuga 146 a lot of real good reviews! The 130 (13 1) has the same width, same streamlined bow, stern and hull design. They took the 15 missing inches from the center. That explains why the weight capacity dropped from 330 lbs to 236 lbs. The shorter length allows better turning (without a rudder). I would not bother with the optional rudder.
I think the hull is very stable rocks a bit for about + 10 degrees then it feels like an outrigger is attached... Compared with the Loon 120, the Cayuga is 25 wide vs 28 This allows shorter people to use (more effective) high angle power strokes without hitting the side of the boat. (rented a 30wide tandem and this was a problem had to stay with low angle strokes).
A big deal (I think) are the thigh pads. With your feet on the foot pegs it is easy to press your thigh against the pads. From a stability point of view, you then become one with the boat. By shifting body weight you can compensate for swells, speed boat wakes, etc. Now, you can really apply power, if you wish. Also no sunburned knees.
Seat is real comfortable. In lowest back position it provides a great lumbar support... Hatches nice, well designed (provide extra air chambers in case you dump it).
I think this will replace the Loon for people under 200 lbs.