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Submitted: 05-18-2004 by JRC
IMHO, the Explorer is a great canoe for the money. The hull is very durable and we have no problems with the keelson or hull o report. We use our canoe primarily for fishing on larger lakes and rivers where it feels very stable. It may not be very fast but two people can make it go with very little effort and even less effort if you use an electric trolling motor. The 800 lbs capacity is perfect for 3 adults and all the equipment you would need for a day of fishing. The built in cooler is not critical but it is a nice feature, one less thing to carry down to the lake. After a full day of paddling it is easy for 2 people to get it out of the water and back on the car. The weight, length and size is perfect for our little Honda CRV. Overall I have to say that it has been very enjoyable owning this canoe. Pros- Light enough for 2 adults to load and unload. Big enough for 3 people plus equipment. Hardy construction and stability on the water Built-in cooler and comfortable seats Great value for the money Cons- Not as fast or agile as other canoes or kayaks but better then a ducky.