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Submitted: 03-17-2014 by JohnEd
Think of this design as a Ferrari station wagon, not much to look at but boy does it perform while hauling a boatload of stuff. Reasonably fast, maneuverable, stable, forgiving and tracks well. Operator sits high and dry with the gunnel design and adjustable height seat, but does feel much more stable in the low position.
I've often used canoe as well as kayak paddles with no problems or quirky awkwardness. Portage is comfortable, well fitting and padded yoke with the seat flipped. The kevlar hull feels a little light compared to the high priced Kruger boats, but mine has gone over countless log jams, sand bars, and oyster reefs. Lost and recovered after riding out hurricane Ike in Galveston and twenty years of brutal sun and salt air, she's a little faded but still looks good and has decades of service left.
Although discontinued by Mad River last century the Monarch is highly sought after, so if you find one BUY IT you will not be disappointed!
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