Check out the Kruger Sea Wind and it's predecessors, the Mad River Monarch and the Sawyer Loon.
I took a Sea Wind and a Monarch to the BWCA last summer. I guess that while these are common in Michigan, they ain't so common around Ely. My daughter and I paddled and portaged a good long ways. I portaged both canoes and my young daughter portaged both packs...in other words we double portaged everything.
These canoes have the most comfortable portage yokes I have ever used. Just flip over the seat. The design of the boats make them very stable and extremely seaworthy.
Lots of folks commented on how I catamaraned my two "kayaks" together. Made fishing very easy and completely capsize-proof.
Steve Landick could roll one. Most of us, never! But I'm not sure any of my paddling buddies have every flipped theirs in the first place. With added flotation, solo re-entry is possible.
With the large cockpit, we used a pack with two 30L barrels in one canoe, and a large backpack drybag in the other. Loading and unloading all our gear was a two-second affair.
Having a stable, seaworthy, comfortable and efficient canoes made my trip awesome and worry free. I beleive these canoes can be paddled by "intermediate paddlers" in conditions that "intermediate paddlers" should not take their kayaks. Especially their Pungoes :)
Recreational Kayak Paddle
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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