Submitted: 08-13-2001 by connie kousman
I have had Folbots for 40 years, and the 12'Aleut is the best yet! About 30" wide with built-in sponsons, it is incredibly stable and tracks beautifully. It's a bit slow, and shorter paddlers may find it too deep. I am 5' tall, and sometimes use a life cushion on the seat for a bit of a boost. The Aleut is relatively easy to put together, and a joy, at only 39 lbs., to toss on the car. To minimize wear and tear on the hull, it's best to carry the boat into the water rather than drag it as one would a poly boat. The Aleut will carry a sail, and although it comes with an optional rudder, I find it stays pretty much on track without one. A fine quality boat that handles slow rivers and heavy chop with equal ease. I wouldn't be without one!