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Submitted: 07-31-2005 by JFM
I have had a Royalex Cascade for two years. This is a great boat. I have taken it down the Burnside River in the Canadian Arctic. It has enormous capacity, yet turns pretty well. Compared to an Old Town Tripper or Old Town Appalachian, the Wenonah Cascade is a faster boat. It gets its speed from the Shallow Arch hull design and a relatively narrow bow entry. I say relative, because it is not like a Wenonah Escape or Minnesota II, but it is much narrower in the bow at the bottom than the Old Towns. This narrowness in the bow at the bottom, gives the boat speed, and because it flares out at the top it will deflect waves. The flipside is that when the waves become large and steep, the bow will submerge. The Old Towns are slower, but they have more buoyancy in the bow. The fact that the bow will submerge under big waves is not much of an issue with spray covers and good closures on the skirts. Another feature about the Cascade is that the sides flare out continuously all the way to the gunwale. This gives the boat tremendous stability laterally. It takes something major to capsize it. If you are paddling a combination of lakes and rapids to Class III with big loads, this is the boat!