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Submitted: 06-08-2005 by pturner
We bought it as a family canoe so the kid in the middle could have a seat. I agree that the rear seat is a bit narrow but it's an incentive for me to lose weight. The rear seat sags but I like that because it's kind of a sling and I like to kneel. The middle seat gives me a lot of options for foot bracing and different leg positions. It is a very stable canoe, my boys (9 & 11) can rock it pretty good as they try to catch fish and we've never had a scare let alone a tip.
We had it on a 6 hour trip through the Okeefenokee this spring and it was maneuverable through tight places. Speed has never been a factor with us because we aren't trying to go far or fast. The biggest downside is loading it on top of the pickup truck by myself. It weighs about 85 lbs and has a tendency to want to roll over and right itself when you have it half way on. We solved that problem with a trailer. It is not easy to carry. I didn't really want to drill holes in it to make a yoke but a cart works well. The plastic construction is tough. We've done some shallow rocky rivers and scraped along with only cosmetic damage.
If you are looking for a family beater canoe that is stable and tough, cleans up easy, and is comfortable then consider this boat. We bought it at a year-end closeout for under $500 and have been very pleased.