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Submitted: 01-22-2001 by dthomsen1
I've owned and operated a sawyer summersong since 1986. I bought it from algonquin outfitters as a used (previously rented) boat. I have the basic golden glass layup with adjustable seat, footbrace, and clip on carry yoke. This boat was all wood otherwise. Being stored outdoors all it's life I recently replaced the gunwhales with 3/8" aluminium bar stock for an estimated additional 5 lbs. of weight. Being an experienced and established paddler who has owned a number of canoes of various types this boat has become my personal vehicle. It's absolutely a boat you learn as you go. NEVER use pry or jam strokes as you WILL get wet. This boat is a pure pleasure to paddle when you know IT'S rules. I've done a number of northern Canadian trips in this canoe and it's VERY capable of carrying 250 to 300 lbs. of paddler and supplies (providing you know IT'S rules). The summersong is not an easy canoe to turn. With PRACTICE one learns how to heal the boat and navigate narrow twisty moving water streams or rivers. The original intention of this canoe design was as a flat water solo touring canoe (optimum load 180 lbs.) that was capable of being raced on weekends. If you are willing to carry it's 48 lbs. (golden glass) weight around anything class 2 or higher you will be rewarded with maximum distance with minimum effort. A true solo touring canoe if there ever was one! This canoe in automotive terms is a corvette. It's not the fastest canoe on the race track but it's damn fast, light, fun to paddle, and is under rated (capacity wise). It's radical design is pleasant to look at and it's capable of taking you FAST just about anywhere if you are willing to carry and not chance the whitwater. As I mentioned this is NOT a generic solo canoe. It has a personality that you MUST learn to enjoy and stay dry. Once mastered it's paddlers heaven! NOTHING PADDLES LIKE A SAWYER!
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