Submitted: 02-12-2002 by plaid paddler
This boat was intended for downriver racing and is a straight keeled, high sided solo. Its depth is an attribute in waves and drops, and for carrying a load on rough water, but it makes the boat a paddlefull on windy water.The boat is fast as solo canoes go, Jensen never crafted a slow boat, and he knows how to win in any class he designs for.
Outside of downriver racing, in which it is now outclassed by the later C1W versions, the main usage for this boat is in heavyweight solo tripping. Its depth would make it a better choice than the Advantage or Prism, and possibly the Encounter or Voyager, if the paddler was large and tall, and carrying a lot of gear. Since it has been out of production for a long time, the only decision is to buy a used one at a bargain price or buy one of the later Dave Kruger designs mentioned above, and they are for general usage a better choice for smaller people with lighter loads. In the 70's or 80's the WW1 was a 10, now for touring or general paddling it is more of 7 or 8.