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Submitted: 08-27-2004 by Shawn
The Adirondack is perhaps the most user friendly Royalex sixteen footer I can think of due to it's narrow paddling widths fore and aft. Both the gunwales and seats are strongly constructed (aluminum insert inside the vinyl box gunwales) and the hull seems fairly stiff i.e. not floppy and/or prone to excessive oilcanning. The hull shape is not particularly sexy (no hollow entry curves) but the fairly sleek diamond is moderately fast for a Royalex boat and wide enough at the center for decent initial stability. The bottom profile is a flattish arch with medium chines ... not sharp or super soft. Contrary to the old description stating an inch and a half of rocker, mine shows virtually none except for less than a half inch rise in the final foot before the ends. In fact, it has a slight (1/2 ") hogbacked (negative rocker) fatigue in the center ... but this doesn't seem to present any handling difficulties other than slightly slow manuevering. I thought it would be somewhat faster than it is due to it's lack of rocker, but I guess the width in the middle (34-35" at 4" waterline) and it's blunt bow keep it from achieving higher speeds. Nonetheless, for flatwater and mild river play, this is a fine canoe for it's length and depth. If you're interested in more of a tripper than day tourer, step up to the Spirit II and get it in a composite lay-up for long distance efficiency.
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