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Submitted: 02-05-2009 by MDR
Bought this Mad River last year before Labor Day. Took it on a 3 night down the James River. With a Dog and a 200 lb man in the front, 100lbs of gear on the middle, and I weighed 190 Lbs at the time. Encountered some class 2 rapids and a 3 foot drop; it handled well with no spray skirt. It can be tippy with a lot of weight but itís a canoe. Donít buy a canoe if you donít want to get wet; get a john boat. I flipped it once when I was intoxicated. Took it out in the Chesapeake Bay and it handled large wake head on but a good amount of water entered canoe. It tracks like a Mack truck and with 2 paddlers it can go 5 mph with a good stroke maybe even faster if you really push it.
Added a motor mount with salt treated 2x4 + 1/4" bolts with those really big washers so the plastic doesnít warp and some of those locking nuts with the plastic inside. Small 2 stroke two horse power motor is pretty cool and it weighs about 20 lbs with gas. Also have a 30 Lb electric and that works very well too. Never fished in it but it has built in outriggers on the inside. Wish the design was more intuitive to allow storage under the middle seat. Also went out in a calm lake with 200 Lb man in the front, 200 Lbs man in the middle + deep cycle battery, and 190 Lb man in the back with one of those red Colman that hold 54 beers full of ice and beer. It was tippy but we didnít fall out. I took out the foam in the front and the rear that is designed to keep the canoe afloat in an emergency so I can store more stuff.
This canoe is a good value when purchased on sale. Would not purchase for 600 dollars. All that being said I really like this Cadillac.
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