I am looking for some feed back on this solo canoe. I know it was replaced by the nomad in 1987 which is based on the vagabond and is a bit narrower than the tripper. I was wondering about the rocker and handling of this canoe. Any issue with the age I should be aware of. I believe the layup was S glass, Kevlar and gel coat.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-02-13 11:59 AM (EST)
The Vagabond is a smaller version of the Nomad, and the latter not an evolution of the former. Both are in the 1986 Curtis catalog.
Thanks for the input.|
Posted by: castoff on Jun-02-13 12:30 PM (EST)
I plan on test paddling the boat this Wednesday. The asking price is $950 which I feel is a bit high for a 30 year old boat. I just picked up an 87 vagabond in mint condition for less, so that may be clouding my judgement. I am enjoying the vagabond but for any extended camping it is too small for me. It fits my wife well and at 50-60 pounds lighter she could carry a decent load. I feel the tripper would give us each a decent light weight solo. I was wondering if the tipper handles similar to the vagabond?
Probably more like the Nomad|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-02-13 12:42 PM (EST)
with a similar underwater shape and as the Vag is the little version of the Nomad I would agree that the handling ought to be the same as you are used to but I also think that due to the boat being just longer the turning radii will be wider.
Thing about composite hulls is, if |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-02-13 4:25 PM (EST)
they don't get beaten to flexation on rivers, and don't get baked excessively in the sun, they really don't age.
Tripper will track |
Posted by: stevet on Jun-02-13 3:20 PM (EST)
slightly harder than Vag as it has a bit less rocker in the. Stern I believe. Not a huge difference. Think you will enjoy it for what you are looking for
I took the vagabond for a paddle today|
Posted by: castoff on Jun-02-13 9:25 PM (EST)
And really enjoy paddling it. I look forward to test paddling the solo tripper and comparing the two. While paddling today I extended my reach out from the side and think the 30" width of the ST shouldn't be a problem for my reach. Does the lack of tumblehome reduce the secondary stabliity? I will definitely lean it. What are the advantages and downside to a flared gunnel?
lack of tumblehome just makes long arms|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-02-13 9:36 PM (EST)
needed if you want to get a vertical stroke plant. Flared hulls have excellent stability. Flared hull boats seemed to be more common in the 1980's. My Sawyer 190 has a flared hull. Its tough for me to determine when the water is getting close to the gunwale with that flared hull.
When I was young i heard ape arm|
Posted by: castoff on Jun-02-13 10:44 PM (EST)
So I will see how the test paddle goes, and check the condition. If all is well and the price won't budge it might be hatd to walk away. It seems like the vagabond and tripper might make a decent pair of solos for the two of us. How do.you think they would do in the glades?
Posted by: CEWilson on Jun-02-13 11:15 PM (EST)
I am sure he did, then again no design |
Posted by: castoff on Jun-02-13 11:26 PM (EST)
Can do it all. Are you saying the ST design has some basic flaws that needed correction?
My Nomad is my go to Everglades boat|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-02-13 11:16 PM (EST)
She is a little big but when I have to carry 90 lbs of water as well as normal camping gear, I like the extra volume.
I do the same rig when getting out|
Posted by: castoff on Jun-02-13 11:35 PM (EST)
My sea kayaks at high docks.Thanks for the advice and your experience paddling a similar hull.