I just bought an old 88 Wenonah Advantage in decent shape. It needed a couple of small dings fixed, and the seat and foot rail pins/wing bolts replaced. It is tuff weave and has been in the sun a fair amount but the gel coat has few cracks although faded. I have read the reviews, but have yet to paddle it (tomorrow afternoon maybe?). I have a few questions, but first here is what I know. It is 16' 6Ē long and 29.5 at the widest which is near the bottom. It doesn't have any rocker. Looking at it I think it may have an asymmetric hull. The stern is nearly a right angel with the bottom of the hull which looks like it might act as a fixed skeg. It is supposed to weight 50#, but feels lighter to me. It is a Kruger design. I would like to know what is the recommended size of a paddler for this boat? Also what is the weight limit for efficient paddling with a camp packed in it? Does it handle waves OK? I'll use my GPS when I paddle it to determine my speed/effort in this canoe. I would like to also hear from anyone with experience paddling an Advantage.
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Posted by: n7zuq on Apr-05-14 1:43 AM (EST)
Iíd say itís best for an average to smaller sized paddler. I say this based on the fact that Iím a larger paddler (6í4Ē, 280#) and itís too small for me to be comfortable in for very long. At my size, I found it to have less primary stability than I was comfortable with. Itís still a great boat, just not for me. We've kept it around for my wife who is on the small side. It is fast, easy paddling, and straight tracking. Itís good with a double blade paddle as well as a single. Without any rocker, itís a bit stiff to turn. It reminds me of the Voyager I used to have, just downsized. I donít have the spec sheet, but itís a smaller volume than my other canoes. Lower sides, bow, and stern all around. Iím sure it would still carry a fair amount of stuff, but itís not going to be confused with a big tripping boat. I never faced any waves in it and canít speak to that. Iíd compare the Advantage more to a sports car than an SUV. Have fun with your new find.
I like the way it paddles!|
Posted by: castoff on Apr-06-14 4:19 PM (EST)
Well I finally found a chance to paddle the Advantage. I used a 52Ē bent shaft paddle, and a 240cm double blade paddle. The canoe is much more maneuverable than I thought a straight keel would be. I think it is the fact that the bottom is somewhat flat at the wide point helps with this. It edges like a sea kayak and turns as well as or better than one doing this. It is impressive with acceleration and glide. I forgot my GPS so didn't get speed readings, but it seems fast for the effort. It seems very stable and the adjustable tractor seat and foot rail reminds me of my sea kayaks. I liked using both the bent and double blade paddles with it. The gunnels are narrow enough that if you manage your double blade stroke you won't get water in the boat. I even used my 57Ē Grey Owl guide. Nice canoe to paddle.
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Posted by: string on Apr-06-14 6:31 PM (EST)
Advantage, when he is not paddling his Rockstar, and can move right along. He is at least your size.If I had gotten an Advantage instead of a Voyager,I might still have it.
If your weight allows the hull to be |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-06-14 9:36 PM (EST)
reasonably light on the water, it can retain decent maneuverability.
Posted by: naconguy on May-08-14 6:11 PM (EST)
I've had my Advantage for nearly 30 years. It was the first boat I ever bought. It is made up with the fiberglass Kevlar combination and weighs about 40 lbs. I love my boat, I've used it for flat-water racing as well as throwing in a weeks worth of gear and camping with it in the Adirondacks. I've paddled it in 2.5-3 ft. white caps on large lakes and has handled them fairly well with a little technical paddling. All in all I find it to be a very versatile canoe.
Posted by: joewildlife on May-17-14 8:43 PM (EST)
That boat is made for kids, maybe 80 pounds max, with no extra gear. Flatwater only, with no waves or wind. You don't want it. Let me know where to pick it up, I'll get it out of your way and you can look for something better.
Posted by: thebob.com on May-18-14 8:47 PM (EST)
Check out the pnet archives; use Wenonah Advantage as the key words.
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Posted by: castoff on May-19-14 9:54 AM (EST)
I have paddled it a good bit now and find I really like it. Maggie has found it acceptable, but I need to tip it a bit so she can more easily get in. I thing it well worth the $350 I payed, and will keep and eye open for a used Kevlar version.