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Does not turn well with trolling motor on motor mount. Like steering a brick. Wish I had the square stern model.
After a dozen years, all the plastic parts had to be replaced and some seam resealing and rivet replacement needed to be done. Also the metal ribs that hold the foam floor down have had to be tacked down as they tend to come loose. I do not see this is defective, just wear and tear. Wider beam means it will be hard to find seats that fit.
Light weight means it is more susceptible to wind, but I find all canoes to be marginal here, this is just below marginal.
I've smacked it pretty hard into barnacle and oyster piles many times since I am in very shallow water a lot, figuring it was time to duct tape the holes I just created, but only dented it. Also hit a couple alligators too.
More durable than it looks, but this is not for rapids.
Hands down @ 34 lbs, it's very easy to take off the car roof and drop in the water. Main reason I bought it was I could not handle the heavier canoes without risking hitting my car.
The oars are wonderful. I LOVE rowing, so easy, I can row all day. Very efficient as the light weight means you go fast amazingly fast even into the wind. Many times I row facing the destination so I can stay on course easily.
I put a board across mid-ships and pontoons off each side, so now it's a nice standing sight casting platform that I can still lift over my head.
Other than square stern which I believe would help the trolling motor steer the canoe, I'd buy again, no hesitation.
The good part of this canoe was it's tracking and the weight. Being disable and torn rotor in shoulder and have a bad back really like the lightness of this. I made a cart to carry the gear and rods in one trip.
Later on in September went on a river that had small boulders and plenty of round rocks. The river was lower then I'm use to being from the north and first time fishing and paddling the southern rivers.
Well this happen to me about once or two times getting flipped and the canoe filled up with water never lost sight of the canoe due to the spontons on the side kept it floating. Lost one video camera but no gear other than that!
The keel has three keels, I was told by the manufacture that this makes it easy to paddle and track, not good at all for low water rivers. I like it, but if I had to do it all over again, would not buy it but get a Mad River or another brand.
The boat is really stable and the sponsons are really a great addition. I don't understand why other manufacturers don't use them. funny story, for me at least. I had the wife in the boat on a lake. she decides to sit on a padded boat cushion. I warned her it was too high and dangerous. long story short she slides off the cushion into the water. Even with all of her flailing and grabbing the boat never went over. the water was shallow and she was able to stand up so she was fine. I was really impressed with the sponsons effectiveness. the boat took a little water but I stayed dry.
really light; really stable
quiet due to the foam interior lining
does not track very well
tends to be blown around the lake like a leaf
is said to be very fragile to punctures
Mine has an actual seat, but these are designed from the factory to have little foam seats that simply sit on the bottom and one is expected to sit/kneel/crawl directly on the floor. I found the floor to pop and buckle whenever I tried to put any directed pressure on it, as in getting to a kneel or putting a foot in during launches. It hasn't broken. Yet.
I find it hard to paddle solo and cramped with even the smallest of co-pilots. The back seat puts too much weight too far back for solo use and it gets tossed by the wind even with my considerable ballast kneeling in the center. It looks pretty beet up and dented and dinged in many places.
Again, I bought it used so I'm not sure how hard a life she led before me but I have put a scrape or two in her myself and I think that I am probably, in fact, even more gentle of a canoeist that I think I am.
Still, it is very light weight and stable and if that is all you are after it's a good boat. If you have some expectation of durability then the Radisson might not feel particularly solid to you nor fill you with much confidence. I enjoy mine but will have to sell it with the coming of my Big Boy (17 foot Grumman) which should fill me with that sense of bullet-proof confidence that I found lacking in the Radisson.
I image that I will be shopping for another small, solo canoe before the season's end as the Grumman is too big and heavy for my solo adventures which out number my tandem/group outings by far. When I do it probably won't be for a used canoe and it probably won't be for a Radisson...
I recommend this canoe, just don't ask me for help tying it down if you buy one.
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