Submitted: 10-28-2002 by Phil
I still have a Mansfield by Stowe that I bought in Lake Placid, NY in 1976. I bought the 13' version because I could fit it in my Econoline van. Basically I bought it for fishing figuring that the relatively wide beam would make it very stable, which is true. This canoe has been all over the US stored inside and outside. I have used it on some very exciting white waters although it damages very easily on the rocks. It may not cruise like some others, and carry heavy loads, but for the purpose that it was made it works like a charm.
I have had to replace some of the wood over the years because it remained outside for some long periods. Don't know if you can still buy them but I would highly recommend this canoe for the fisherman.