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Submitted: 02-27-2005 by bkeevil

We primarily use our Ojibway to serve as our creek clearing boat and have not been disappointed as the wide, flat bottom gives us a great work platform and the tough plastic easily scrapes past snags and branches while shrugging off errant saw blades.

That fact that it also paddles well and is a canoe we can lend to anybody who wants to do anything with it -- did I say seemingly indestructible? -- is an added bonus.

It does have some "heavy" downsides, like weight, for instance. The book weight says 84 lbs. but after a day on the water it may as well be 250 lbs.

Over time, the plastic seats will sag, which does make them more comfortable, but in a light rain last month we found ourselves sitting in puddles of water. A series of 1/4-inch holes drilled in the seats fixed this chilling problem.

The drain plug looked fragile, which proved to be a valid concern as it no longer exists. But life is easier not worrying about breaking it and the drain hole now serves as an excellent place to attach a stern line.

Others have wondered if the drain hole might be too small. On a recent group journey on a slow-moving river, the rookies we lent the boat to surprised us by being the first to capsize our Ojibway and it took seemingly forever to get all the water out. On the positive side, by the time the water was all drained out they had stopped arguing about who was at fault before they resumed paddling!

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