Submitted: 02-22-2012 by JimL
I bought a slightly damaged (shipping damage) Sawyer Canoe around 1965 from an outfitter who normally would have rented the unit. He thought the Sawyer may have been too light duty for rental... sold it new-but-damaged for $200. I posted the Sawyer people about the damage asking for a repair kit...they sent some factory scraps with hand written instructions how to use the materials. The "patch" was successful and never was a problem.
I am not sure the canoe was called a 'Cruiser' back then...it was just big and very stable... weighed around 70 lbs...around 19 ft. long. I carried that canoe on a Volkswagen bug...very handy as the canoe could be easily handled by 2 people standing upright both ahead and behind the car at the same time. Used it for fishing, floating, lake cruising many years. It had molded seats that were very comfortable.
Only problem I ever had it was hard for one person to paddle as it was so long. Once took some boy scouts to a lake where they were to practice uprighting a turned-over canoe...the trip was a bust because they could not make the canoe overturn! Lost that canoe to an x-wife who only wanted it because she knew I would have kept it forever, if possible. She just left it out by the alley until somebody finally stole it. Hope they appreciated what a prize they got.