Submitted: 05-19-2003 by tstar
I bought this canoe in 2003 and have been very happy with it. The best things about this boat is it is very light at 39 lb, and the price. It is not a boat for whitewater, but handles moving water and riffles well. The R84 Royalite construction is not as durable as Royalex, but it seems very study to me. The boat is very manueverable.
Primary stability is compromised, and the boat will feel tippy, at least at first. I don't know if you can avoid this in a short, shallow-arch hull. Secondary stability is good, but it kicks in late. Suggest that anyone buying this boat buy the optional seat-height adjustment kit, which costs only $3. I dropped the seat height about an inch and it made a big difference in stability.