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Submitted: 04-09-2005 by jpeck

Garcreek has it right. In royalex it's a top contender for family playing, learning traditional paddle strokes, river running and northern tripping. For extended tripping exceeding several weeks or more go with the 17 foot model. Beautiful hull design - somewhat like the Novacraft designs - truly superior. Excellent handling down-stream. Excellent in the foam. Excellent handling solo or lightly loaded into C3 (get a spray cover to play in the rough stuff or to trip) and a fun but very buoyant playboat empty. Paddle it empty solo from the center with the rail in the water Bill Mason style, center up and cross-sweep into an eddy or into shore with ease - beautiful handling. Empty solo don't do windy lakes until you know the tricks - you'll get blown all over the place but this canoe will do a good job loaded if necessary. Very seaworthy, surprisingly stable in a broach (again, very good hull design).

The best handling US made tandem river boat yet. A joy to trip, to fish from, reasonably fast and good lookin' enough to take your lady out for a date. For the Boundary Waters and extensive lake use get another boat. This one will do it but not as light or fast as some others. But, if you can have only one boat to do it all, this is it.

As a vote for moving waters, just plain paddling fun, and tripping in the North.

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