I would like to hear from any one that has one; on your likes and dislikes about it?
Is it a fast canoe?
Is it responsive ?
I looked at the reviews here on P-net and they all seem favorable.
I recently got rid of My J-200 racing canoe and am thinking about something to replace it - Not for racing, but just for solo pleasure.
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Touring Kayak Paddles
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Posted by: wavespinner on Apr-23-14 7:19 AM (EST)
...but nothing great. Pretty much what I was looking for with this purchase, though. It's a foot longer than many of the boats in this category, more or less, so you pick up some speed there. But, it's not skinny. You may lose a little speed there, but it's very stable. Hardly any rocker so it tracks well and lends itself to sit & switch. All in all, quite pleasant for leisurely paddling and a good platform for fishing, photography, etc.
Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Apr-23-14 9:40 AM (EST)
I have one in RX and I really love the boat. At 15'4" it is a little longer than many of the solos in this category, as the previous poster said. I have the adjustable web seat, which works well for me as I kneel probably 3/4 of the time. Secondary stability is outstanding, will carry everything I need and more for multi-day trips. Defo not a whitewater boat, but I have no problem with typical Class 2. Slight downsides: Pretty sensitive to trim and wind. Not a racer, but great for what I do on Missouri's rivers, especially the Big Muddy. On a good day without headwinds I can average 7-8 mph on the Mighty MO. I would recommend the Tuff-Weave for all-round river and flatwater use.
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-23-14 9:42 AM (EST)
that must include river current. Top hull theoretical speed is just under six,after that bow resistance makes faster very very hard.
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Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Apr-23-14 11:46 AM (EST)
Sorry I didn't make that clear. Missouri River is a slow river, but anything helps! You are right about the theoretical hull speed, although I don't put a lot of stock in that. Actual speeds attained are subject to so many variables.
Hull speed and avg canoes|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-23-14 2:31 PM (EST)
Posted by: jefallon on Apr-23-14 2:34 PM (EST)
I've been paddling a Kevlar Flexcore Wilderness for the past 5 or so years. It's a great all around canoe. Stable, not fast but I've never been left behind, ok in the wind (better with a load of course). I'm not shy about crossing beaver dams and have hit more than a few submerged rocks without consequences. I paddle mostly small lakes and ponds here in Virginia but have loaded up for base camping in the Adirondacks and have paddled many tidal creeks on Cape Cod and also in the Chesapeake Bay. As I said I think it's a great all around canoe.
Posted by: alan_gage on Apr-23-14 3:44 PM (EST)
I know nothing about the Wilderness but would certainly recommend a Bell Magic for your situation. It's now being produced again by Ted under "Northstar Canoe."
Bell Composites Magic|
Posted by: davbart on Apr-23-14 3:59 PM (EST)
I have one of the "new" Magics and it is a fantastic canoe.
Posted by: alan_gage on Apr-23-14 4:54 PM (EST)
In an effort to completely derail this thread how does the GRB compare to the Magic? I'm sure it's faster but by how much? What about stability and maneuverability? Not looking for a which one is best answer, but how they compare to each other.
Posted by: davbart on Apr-23-14 5:53 PM (EST)
I haven't paddled every solo canoe, but I think it has to be the fastest non-racing solo canoe there is. I owned a Wenonah Voyager and have paddled a Wenonah Advantage and I was faster in the Classic XL.