Submitted: 03-24-2003 by mickjetblue
I wish the Galyan 16.5' Woodsman was available when I started canoeing "some" years ago. This is the best royalex canoe on the market in terms of all-around use, and happens to be the best value on the market, as well. It also soloes great by placing a plastic step tote(discount store) in the center as a seat. The lateral slop in drop down seats can be significantly improved by putting small strips of foam(hot water pipe insulation) between the seat and the royalex hull.
The Woodsman 15.5' is one foot less in length, but is a completely different design of canoe, more suited for white water, or experienced paddling afficiandoes who prefer no initial stability at all. I paddled it, too.