Submitted: 09-18-2012 by Mike
I have whitewater canoed since the early 1980s. The Discovery 160 is the suburban of canoes... designed for lots of people and gear... tough and perfect for whitewater if you got two people, gear, and want stability. For camping it is great, it is so wide you can store gear and still cram some floatation in. Excellent for 3 people, or even 4 if one or two are kids (for flatwater, or class I, II).
Yes... you can take this canoe solo, although it was designed for lots of people and gear. If you go solo... it is somewhat of a bear, not too fast and you gotta call your route ahead of time cause it sure does NOT turn on a dime...you gotta be nimble with it, at times it is like steering the titanic, and if you miss a chute, you will never get back....but I almost like the challenge...plus the little kayaks are always amazed when this titanic comes plowing thru a class III in good order... but a great fun boat, will take a beating.
You certainly lose speed and maneuverability with this beast, but it has increased stability and I feel safer in this big canoe in whitewater, or especially in a marsh where there might be critters as big as you.