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  Another vote for the Mad River
  Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-09-13 11:46 PM (EST)

We have a Guide 147, and though it isn't bad for short day trips, I (the bow paddler) find the bow seating position cramped -- not much leg room and I have to brace my knees on the gunwales. Kind of sluggish, too, and not much room to stash stuff. The seats are not all that bad. But we also got a 16' canoe last summer (a different Mad River model) and have found we much prefer it -- much more comfort for the bow paddler, better tracking and lots of room for packing. The longer boat is only a few pounds heavier but you will definitely appreciate the extra foot of length.

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