Submitted: 05-14-2001 by charlie
The shockwave was originally designed as a cruiser class race boat after the DY special/Wenonah Advantage designs. It makes a great recreational canoe for spirited paddling or fishing, and is also good for light tripping. Initial stability is quite good, and secondary stability is excellent. The dead flat keel makes it track straight (and don't you spend most of your time going straight ?), and it responds better to a lean than the DY special. The Sawyer seat design is a wonderfull device, and is good reason to select their canoes over the other brand alone. It allows you to set height (that is, you can lower the seat to greatly improve stability for fishing), and it has a wide range of movement front to back so it is easy to trim the canoe even in high winds. The freeboard is nice and low so you won't get blown around anywhere near as much as you do in most canoes, but moderate waves might come right over the bow (not really a big deal, but a bit disconcerting the first time it happens). This isn't a boat for rough waters but makes a great all round boat that won't get blown all over the place.