Submitted: 08-05-2009 by SteveBaker
I just got back from Spanish River country, NW of Sudbury ON. It was the maiden voyage for the Northwind on a rain-swollen river that got fairly challenging in spots. The outfitter who shuttled us of course wondered if that light canoe (Black Gold) would hold up on his river. (Have you ever met an outfitter whose river wasn't way rougher on canoes than all the others?) Of course, it held up just fine.
Once again Dave Yost has done it right. We were easily the fastest canoe out there yet even heavily loaded, we were able to maneuver through the big water without incident. Winds didn't push the boat around at all. It's stable, aside from a slight wiggle on center, and confidence-inspiring.
All things considered, this is a great tripper, and should work just fine on day trips as well.