My mind is bouncing all over the place, build another cedar stripper, buy a tripping boat or maybe a race boat... and winter is just getting started...
I've known Savage River has always made racing canoes, but somehow stumble into their website and noticed they have a rec line. A tripping canoe with racer bloodlines, sounds fast...
Looking mainly at the Blackwater, this boat meets the requirements for the stock C1 racing class so that tells me it's pretty quick. So I'm guessing if I entered the Clinton Regatta it would do just fine. But how will it's racer bloodlines affect it in a different world, like the Boundary Waters?
And then there is the question of how durable is a 17' hull that weights 27# How well do these boats hold up? I would think similar to an ultralight wenonah? Never had one. Lets compare it to a gel coated kevlar hull?
Any thoughts on these boats is greatly appreciated.
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Susquehanna in carbon kevlar|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Dec-12-12 2:55 PM (EST)
is also accepted in C-1 stock for the Clinton and the ACC-90 miler. A good fast and light boat that's becoming more popular in upstate NY and elsewhere. As for durability, I wouldn't take it on any rocky rivers, but it'll handle the usual scrapes and dings associated with the portages between bodies of flatwater.
Posted by: OldBill on Dec-12-12 3:06 PM (EST)
In C1 stock?
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Dec-12-12 3:18 PM (EST)
What have you been smoking Randy ?|
Posted by: jackl on Dec-12-12 6:39 PM (EST)
Or are you planning on removing one of the seats in mine and making it a solo for yourself?
That's it Jack|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Dec-12-12 6:41 PM (EST)
Randy is looking for an XL solo. Better keep your canoe locked up.
Posted by: rblturtle on Dec-13-12 12:45 PM (EST)
I owned a Savage River Wee Lassie set up for kneeling and paddled it a lot for 3 years with a lot of ADK wilderness tripping. Mine was the carbon/kevlar with an extra layer of kevlar making a whopping 15# weight. It was unbelivably tough. I thought I wrecked it many times and never found any damage. This included nasty beaver dam downstream runs,running into rocks dead on and glancing,and once dropping it off the top of my packframs onto solid rock. Enough said.
Posted by: rblturtle on Dec-14-12 7:30 AM (EST)
I didn't address the comparison to gelcoated hulls. I have cracked the gelcoat and stressed the laminite on several boats doing the same things that didn't hurt the Savage River it just flexed with no cracks. I know it's been duscussed before,but exceot for abrasion and uv resistance,boats without gellcoat hold up better for me.
Posted by: chethro on Dec-16-12 5:50 PM (EST)