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Submitted: 03-30-2010 by slowtraveler
The Tripper XL is an excellent heavy duty expedition boat for big people and lots of gear. I've been very happy with it. The hull speed is roughly the same as a standard Tripper.
We've paddled it in very big water, using a bomb proof Northwater spray skirt (also heavy) and had the times of our lives. It is also very maneuverable in technical whitewater for its size. It is very stable with a load and can be easily poled. We added a thwart just behind the bow seat with a reinforced hole the size of our poling pole. We glued a D-ring directly below the hole to use as a step for our mast (our poling pole with a pulley near the top attached with a pipe clamp.) With our triangular sail, we were able to sail broad and beam reaches in winds up to 30 miles/hour without much heeling. We moved right along. Total additional weight of the sailing gear was 18 ounces.
The Tripper XL is a heavy boat by any standards and is a bear to portage, even with a knu-pac. Since it is a solidly built boat, it can be dragged over vegetation and then lifted over rocks. Not good for heavily trampled portage trails.
I love this boat, but it is just to heavy for trips with a lot of portages. Our paddling is mostly long distance rivers with a lot of class II and III rapids. It laughs at hitting rocks.
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