Posted by: daabbott23 on Mar-04-14 11:55 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I am 6 foot 4 and weigh in at 215lbs. I am in search of a solo canoe that would work for lake to lake trips (Algonquin style) as well as some smaller white water conditions. An all around strong boat for 1 person. What are your recommendations and material suggestions?
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Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-05-14 8:24 AM (EST)
If you are in Canada or the Northeast check out the Shearwater or Keewaydin 15 by Swift. Mad River Freedom solo is another contender as well as the Bell Rockstar ( if you can find one). Merrimack Baboosuc
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-05-14 9:31 AM (EST)
Posted by: spirit4earth on Mar-05-14 5:01 PM (EST)
Maybe an Old Town Pack?
Probably a little small|
Posted by: yatipope on Mar-05-14 6:35 PM (EST)
I think at 6ft 4in and 215lbs,..the Pack is a little small. I would also consider a Wenonah Rendezvous or Mohawk Odyssey 15. I had a Composite Rendezvous and it was a great big-water solo that paddled better with a little load. I can't remember if the Odyssey 15 is a solo or tandem. My Odyssey 14 is my favorite solo but I am 6ft 190.
Not too small.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-05-14 6:38 PM (EST)
The president of our local ski club is at least that tall and heavy and used a Pack with a kayak paddle for years on the local streams.
If the OP is paddling Manitou|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-05-14 7:22 PM (EST)
Smoke, Cedar Opeongo or other big Algonquin lakes in a Pack he will quickly learn a practical application of Archimedes principle
I would get bored with lakes...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-05-14 8:33 PM (EST)
... paddling an Old Town Pack too, and I wouldn't overload it the way he does. Small wonder someone who's pushing the boat's "practical" load limit would feel the same. Of course, some people just don't like lakes, but you've gotta wonder in this case.
He's also got rec kayaks.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-05-14 10:11 PM (EST)
He likes the challenge of negotiating fast moving twisty streams and mild whitewater. He does swim now and then.
well there you go|
Posted by: yatipope on Mar-06-14 12:56 AM (EST)
I also owned an OT Pack and know its capabilities. There are MANY solo canoes better suited for the big guy.
Never denied ther weren't better options|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-06-14 8:17 AM (EST)
Just that it was good enough for that tall guy who wasn't very discriminating about boats.
Who said he wasn't discriminating?|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-06-14 11:14 AM (EST)
He is looking for a lake cruiser!! And something portage friendly.
I'm saying the guy I'm referring to |
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-06-14 12:42 PM (EST)
isn't very discriminating about boats.
I know that but the|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-06-14 12:45 PM (EST)
advice sought by the OP is not relevant to your friends experience. I know several people who camp with the Pack for small overnights on twisty streams and are quite happy with the boats nimbleness there.
I don't know what "Agonquin style"|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-06-14 1:43 PM (EST)
means and I wasn't responding to the OP, but another response and my response to that response was appropriate.
I thought the purpose of posting|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-06-14 1:58 PM (EST)
was to address the original question.
No Canoecopia for me, this year.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-06-14 2:14 PM (EST)
Car has coolant leak that the mechanic says is likely a cracked head, since coolant came out of one of the spark plug holes during a pressure check.
Yanoer, my old MR Compatriot was |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-08-14 9:05 PM (EST)
almost as impractical for class 1-2 streams in the southern mountains as his OT Pack. I did quite well for years until I got too heavy for the boat.
You must specify kneeling or sitting|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Mar-06-14 11:20 AM (EST)
These are the two basic paddling postures for single blade canoeing. Virtually all hulls are designed with one or the other posture in mind.
A small tandem|
Posted by: pgeorg on Mar-07-14 7:00 AM (EST)
would not be a bad choice for a guy who is 6'4". He can probably reach across a wider bost when needed and at 215 with a bit of gear added will appreciate the added bouyancy.
Posted by: Gunney on Mar-08-14 9:37 AM (EST)
I'm not as tall as you, but I am heavier. I will vouch for both the Swift Osprey in Kevlar and Bell Rockstar in carbon. I have used both exclusively as my solo trippers. In Algonquin I have used both to travel the length of the Nippissing River and some of the larger lakes, too on week long excursions.
Osprey max capacity?|
Posted by: melenas on Mar-09-14 12:14 AM (EST)
A couple of people mentioned the Osprey, but when I was looking for a solo last year I concluded that the published maximal capacity of 260 pounds may be pushing it for me with a similar weight as the OP. Maybe the stated capacity is quite conservative?
Posted by: daabbott23 on Mar-08-14 10:03 PM (EST)
I am thinking about going with a Prospector 16 from Swift or Nova Craft. What do you all think of that? Again, for a 6 foot 4, 215lb guy. The boat would obviously be used backwards. Let me know your thoughts.
Ever paddled one?|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-08-14 10:34 PM (EST)
Its a bit of a reach for cross strokes and paddling it backwards is not the best for control.
Posted by: pgeorg on Mar-09-14 9:49 AM (EST)
try a number of boats|
Posted by: lennart on Mar-09-14 1:44 AM (EST)
In your first post you ask, about a solo. There are a number of good options mentioned.