I'm a sea kayaker about to buy a canoe. Looking at Mahawk Solo 13 or 14. I want to learn a little freestyle canoe and just mess around. I'm 180 lb.
If I'm going fast or far it will be in another boat.
Thinking 13 would be more manuverable and OK at my weight.
Any advice from freestlyers out there?
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Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-09-13 1:22 PM (EST)
Pete probably knows.
Posted by: timburris on Aug-09-13 3:38 PM (EST)
First off, I've never been in a Solo 13, so I am speaking out of school. I'm 180#, and 6 feet. 13 foot boats (like the Flash Fire) are kind of tight on me. The Solo 13 is a little wider, so it might make a good freestyle boat for you.
Posted by: countrygent on Aug-09-13 4:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: suntan on Aug-09-13 5:04 PM (EST)
Mohawk Solo 13 & 14|
Posted by: thebob.com on Aug-10-13 11:08 AM (EST)
I've owned & paddled both; neither are boats that I would consider buying for use as a freestyle solo.
Posted by: countrygent on Aug-10-13 4:58 PM (EST)
just speaking out my butt|
Posted by: daggermat on Aug-10-13 9:39 PM (EST)
I'd go with the 13. Tommy Hagg does some wonderful freestyle in a 9' lol.
New or used?|
Posted by: Boyscout on Aug-10-13 9:40 PM (EST)
Moha 13 |
Posted by: pagayeur on Aug-11-13 3:06 PM (EST)
at your height and weight should do nicely. I think the 14 would be a bit large. I've done a lot of FS in my 13 footer. Oddly enough it's a bit harder due to lower secondary stability than other designs, but one can get used to that. It's a good compromise price-wise as well. The better hulls for FS tend to be niche market designs and expensive.
Posted by: rblturtle on Aug-11-13 7:13 PM (EST)
I am your size and currently own a solo 13 as well as a Flashfire. I think the solo 13 is pleanty big for you. It also isn't a half bad freestyle boat. Tom Mckenzie used to use them as loaner boats for teaching freestyle. The solo 13 reminds me of a higher volume, less responsive Flashfire. I use mine a lot on bonyer streams where I don't want to scratch the Flash. A great boat for the money,but some ugly colors.
yep..both the 13 and the 14 defy|
Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-12-13 4:55 PM (EST)
their boxy shape by actually being heeling friendly. I hope production continues. Some of my FreeStyle students have a budget and both serve them well being a decent boat for a decent price.
Posted by: countrygent on Aug-13-13 8:28 AM (EST)