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Submitted: 04-02-2003 by mobrien
Excellent all around canoe. I bought one of the last production models from Old Town in 1997 (or thereabouts) in Kevlar with the mahogany and ash gunwales. Beautiful boat, though the weight of the non-vacuum bagged construction speaks of a boat built for durability and stiffness rather than light weight and speed - at nearly 70 pounds, it was great for portaging as long as you wanted a workout in the process. There are a few things that could have been improved - agree that the outwales needed to have the edges taken down (too sharp as is). Was great when I only had one kid to dump in the boat, but felt a bit small with 2 kids and 2 paddlers, which is why it was eventually replaced (with a Kevlar Minnesota II). They are still available from Bell Canoe at the Chicagoland Canoe Base, Ralph Freese's store. Ralph has every reason to be proud of his design on this boat, and it was Old Town's loss when they took it out or production. Then again, canoes aren't really their business anymore anyway...
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