I have one of these that washed up on the beach where I live during the worst Nor'Easter to hit this area in nearly 50 years. I have no idea where it came from but it took a thrashing during the storm and came through in one piece so it is one tough cookie!
It is a great canoe if you want a canoe stable enough to stand up and fish from, or shoot a shotgun from (I have done both). The reason it is so stable is because it is HEAVY!
My Rouge River sits on the end of my floating dock and I slide it off the dock into the water so I don't have to lift it. I coat it with 303 a couple of times a year and it appears to be holding up well. If you are looking for something that you can car top and portage by yourself you might want to look at something that weighs less than this canoe. Bought my Rogue River 14 online (used) with the intention of using for hunting. I've used it in the lake for fishing. It rows quickly and is somewhat a stable boat if you don't stand up to take a leak. I did try an electric motor mounted on the side of the boat and was not impressed with the ability to steer. Was it intended for a motor? I'd say no it was not... it's a canoe!!
I'm an average size guy and really had no trouble loading this boat atop my Explorer, maybe its just that I'm not afraid to use my muscles I guess... I guess it would have been easy had the boat jumped up on top the explorer all by itself!! I find the canoe is was it is. It's a canoe. I thought it was great for what it is!!!!I have had my canoe about four years. It is heavy but I do it by myself. I have a pickup with a hitch extender. A long shaft out of the hitch with a T on the end. I recommend leaving the canoe right side up. Turning it over in the bed is very difficult.
I tried a trolling motor but too weak for me. I have a bracket thing that allows you to put the motor on the side. Now I am going to buy one of those little Nissan outboards like you see in Cabelas. I see that the canoe says don't go over 2.5 HP but I would like to go 3.5. Anybody got any warnings or feedback on that? Lastly, all outboards seem to come in 15 inch short shaft/transon length, and 20 inch long shaft. I need to know which to get. I read that the transom is the length from where the motor clamps on to the bottom of the boat. On my 14 it is 20 inches. Do I really need a long shaft for a canoe? Oh also. I find that a double kayak paddle works best for one guy.