Submitted: 02-12-2002 by plaid paddler
Must add to the earlier review by Jim. this boat is MUCH faster than the Mad River Malecite, heck any 17 We-no-nah is faster. Have raced recreational tandem canoes for years and have never been beaten by a Mad River, but have seen the sterns of many 17 Jensens. For traveling fast with a light load, two 150# paddlers and two big packs, this is the canoe to have. It relatively shallow depth keeps it from being as popular as its 17'We-no-nah stablemates, the 17 Sundowner and the 17'Spirit. they are incrementally slower and more stable and seaworthy. the Jensen is the fastest and first off the water when it gets rough, the Spirit is the slowest of the three and the last off the water, it is so seaworthy it seldom gets forced off the water by the weather. For fast flatwater paddling with a light load on open, not tight twisting waters, the 17 Jensen is The Boat. Each year in the 90 mile Adirondack Classic race, which covers streams and big lakes under all sorts of conditions, the 17'Jensen is the boat to beat. The Paul Smiths College team fields 17'Jensens in the recreational class.