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Submitted: 04-05-1999 by REXB

I've paddled my fiberglass Independence for 5 years. It's a fine flatwater canoe but for moving water there are many better suited canoes. It has little initial stability but plenty of final stability so you can carve great turns by leaning it to the rail (especially if you kneel and use traditional strokes). You do have to pay particular attention to trim if you're going to paddle in a breeze compared to other canoes I've owned and paddled. The fiberglass layup is really tough and takes lots of abuse. The canoe handles choppy water well -- there's enough flare in the hull to keep the water out of the boat. In sum, I've yet to find a flatwater canoe I like as well and I've test paddled most of them.
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