Submitted: 09-19-2000 by Ray Cronk
In the past I made several strip canoes. The construction a labor of love and not very practical from abuse, my wife decided to take the worry out of summer. Kayak demonstrations were being held near by and we were going. We tried several from various manufactures but kept returning to the Santa Cruz. It tracked reasonably well, seemed swift, highly maneuverable (something not used to in the strip canoes) and was rugged. It could be dragged over beaver dams, driven on shore, thrown in the pickup and left outdoors for days on end without worry. We agreed and bought two. The Santa Cruz is really fun to paddle and is able to go places where we never could agree before with the strip canoes. Now we paddle in different directions together. Summation: sturdy, fast, durable, light weight, stable, tracks well, maneuverable, easy cockpit entry, comfortable and reputed to save marriages. What more could you ask for?