Weigh it again
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Feb-14-13 10:00 PM (EST)
there was only one layup for the 18'Sundowner that approached 70# and that was extra-stiffened fiberglass. With options like wood trim and sliding seats front and rear it might hit 70#. Is the bottom smooth or does it have raised ribs? Does it have ribs up the sides to almost the gunwales? What color is the interior?
A core-stiffened fiberglass Sundowner will be in the mid 50# range and worth near $1000 with a yoke and sliding seat. Cross-rib or Center-Rib are both low 60# range and more like $700. The heavy extra-stiffened layup is your $600 canoe.
The Sundowner is a great all-around canoe. It was Wenonah's best seller for over 10 years. It is fast and still pretty stable. Slots in a tad slower than the 18 Jensen, but quicker than the 18 Champlain. More depth and capacity than the Jensen, but less capacity than the Champlain.