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I did a search but didn't find much info about it. I did see where the 16 is considered a good tandem/solo. This boat has the sliding seat is called a solo and weights in at 53 pounds in RX. I see Old Town doesn't list them anymore.
I am looking for a used solo that might work for river and larger water tripping, but would also use it for day tripping. A wenonah argosy and MR freedom are also other RX options currently available. I am leaning toward the freedom, put saw the Penobscot.
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If a 15 exists, it's new. The 16 |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-28-13 2:49 PM (EST)
Penobscot was the first and shortest. Later a 17 and I think there's an 18.5 now.
Posted by: baldpaddler on Apr-28-13 7:47 PM (EST)
Old town made a 15foot penobscot for a short while. I haveonly seen 2 in 15 years, one at the Chattahoochie race and once at the Danvile kibler valley Dan river race.
Posted by: headwinds on Apr-28-13 8:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: baldpaddler on Apr-28-13 8:37 PM (EST)
The plaidpaddler will seethis. He has catalogs from different manufactures going back to the 60s!
Speaking of catalogs...|
Posted by: headwinds on Apr-28-13 8:45 PM (EST)
They made it in 1992|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Apr-28-13 9:11 PM (EST)
Penobscot 15 and Penobscot 16|
Posted by: davbart on Apr-28-13 8:57 PM (EST)
There is a couple of pictures of a 15 and 16 next to each other in the extended trip report for the Lumber River, NC dated Mar 23, 2013.
Old Town Penobscot 15|
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-28-13 9:21 PM (EST)
Did you see a resemblance in hull design|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-28-13 9:49 PM (EST)
to the Penobscot 16? My eyeball of the 16 was that it was softly V-bottomed.
Posted by: Al_A on Apr-30-13 12:12 AM (EST)
The Penobscots have always been shallow arch bottomed. I've owned three of the 16s. Was always a little sad that I missed out on getting the solo version.
Maybe that bit of reverse curvature...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-30-13 12:39 AM (EST)
Must be a difference in perception |
Posted by: ezwater on May-01-13 1:51 AM (EST)
because as a boat inspector, I saw the bottoms of a number of 16s, including the one used by a friend to win (twice) the downriver cruising class on the Nantahala.
Bob's Penobscot 15|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-30-13 10:29 AM (EST)
Posted by: madmike on Apr-29-13 9:17 PM (EST)
I had one, I liked it.
Thanks Bob and Mike and others|
Posted by: castoff on Apr-30-13 11:32 AM (EST)
So not a twisty river boat. How about turns when heeled?
Twisty river boats...|
Posted by: Al_A on May-01-13 12:26 AM (EST)
A lot depends on what you mean by twisty rivers. If it's a rock garden run, or a very narrow and very twisty creek where you have to make a lot of radical maneuvers, you need something really maneuverable. That Penobscot ain't it. But for most class 1 rivers and some of the larger streams with bits of class 2, I don't really like a "twisty river boat". I find it's a whole lot easier to learn to turn a boat that tracks well (and less work) than it is to make a boat that's built to maneuver radically go straight when you want it to. And it's a lot more pleasant to get through the slow water stretches between riffles.
Hasn't been for me. I quickly learned |
Posted by: ezwater on May-01-13 1:59 AM (EST)
to paddle high rocker OC-1s, not needing to correct on most strokes. It's just cab-forward paddling, used by many decked c-1 paddlers.