Submitted: 05-26-2011 by Jay Sherwin
We purchased 2 Ally 16.5 foot canoes for a trip down the Thlewiaza River in southern Nunavut in 2010. The canoes performed well in fast water and on big lakes. Each canoe developed a couple of pin hole leaks but suffered no other damage despite some dragging and lining in shallows.
They are a treat to portage compared to hardshell canoes. If the seats are placed so that your knees do not rest on the framework when you kneel, they are very comfortable to paddle in. We topped out at about 600 lbs in each canoe. With its weight the canoe was easily handled in all water conditions. Using the Ally, we saved over $3000.00 in air charter costs as fixing canoes on float planes is now very expensive.