Research Canoes in the Buyers' Guide!
Select Canoe to View in Buyers' Guide
In any case I have the 15' 4" boat in Kevlar with wood trim, and it is much as Steve describes. The boat is a 1988 model year which I bought as a demo in 1996 (these boats were very expensive for their time and did not always sell well).
Workmanship is outstanding: The canoe has none of the problems that high-end manufacturers asking thousands of dollars for their boats should be all over but apparently often aren't. (I also own a 1989 Kevlar Explorer tandem from Mad River which has minor gel coat flaws and had very major flotation expansion issues which completely deformed the bow and stern. They "fixed" the problem but it was too little too late for the hull.)
My one complaint about the boat - and it's not a problem with the boat but with the paddler-boat match - is that it's really a boat for bigger folks. I tip the scales at 135 and the canoe is a too affected by the wind with that amount of weight in it. I also wonder if I would have an easier time keeping up with my friends in tandems if my solo were a little smaller; a longer boat is faster but only if it has a big enough engine to push it!
120,000+ people can't be wrong!
The Paddling.net Newsletter is a must if you like to canoe or kayak! Each week it is packed with great articles, photos, product reviews, and special features. Better yet, we promise not to sell your email address to anyone; that's right ZERO spam! Sign up today and find out what you've been missing!