-- Last Updated: Oct-29-13 11:54 AM EST --
In the Swift solo boat thread on the Advice board, Charlie Wilson suggested the Swift Osprey and Keewaydin 15 should be on anyone's top 5 list of solo tripping canoes. The Osprey and Kee15 are certainly on my list, but was curious how others might fill this out?
My remaining three: Bell Merlin2, Hemlock Peregrine/Kestrel, and Wenonah Wilderness.
Didn't make this cut, but was considering: Hemlock SRT, Bell/Colden Wildfire, Swift Raven, Wenonah Rendezvous.
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Posted by: pblanc on Oct-29-13 11:38 AM (EST)
Depends on paddler size and load.
Also, depends on conditions and style|
Posted by: davbart on Oct-29-13 12:09 PM (EST)
If flat water and sitting, I would put the Bell Magic on that list.
I'm not sure there is a canoe that has|
Posted by: g2d on Oct-29-13 11:49 AM (EST)
"respectable" performance on both big lakes and class 1-2 "moderate" whitewater. I wouldn't want to take those Swift boats down the Nantahala, class 2 with a coupla 3s. I have a MR Guide Solo that would be barely adequate on the Nantahala, but kind of piggy for making progress on big lakes. I would consider a Rendezvous for dual purpose, but it isn't wonderful on class 2 either.
the champion of expedtions boat|
Posted by: paddletothesea on Oct-29-13 12:56 PM (EST)
Sea wind Solo expedition Canoe by Kruger Canoes....
If I could figure out the top five|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-29-13 1:13 PM (EST)
I wouldn't have ten solos.
Posted by: TomD on Oct-30-13 8:48 AM (EST)
... but how do you live with only one color of each?
My list includes|
Posted by: jswr450 on Oct-29-13 1:28 PM (EST)
both the Swift Osprey and Kee 15 as well as the Colden Wildfire and the Bell Magic. I already have a Wenonah Wilderness in Kevlar, and I really like it. If I were to add another boat I'd also dream about a Wenonah Voyager
More info, please|
Posted by: c2g on Oct-29-13 7:07 PM (EST)
The general type of paddling (mostly flatwater, mostly rivers, etc.) and the approximate total load would really help.
Posted by: TomD on Oct-30-13 8:47 AM (EST)
My knees are shot so...|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Oct-30-13 12:44 PM (EST)
it makes a big difference when considering some of the boats you mentioned which were designed to be paddled from a kneeling position. I need to sit. Granted, I could slide down to my knees to run a rapid, but not to stay there for more than a few minutes. I've always admired Dave Curtis' boats, but recently test drove an SRT from the sitting position and I didn't like it. Whereas a nice surprise to me was the Hornbeck Blackjack. What I'd like to try is a Wenonah Canak, but there aren't many around and dealers don't stock them
Seats are often |
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-30-13 12:48 PM (EST)
adjustable. A friend of mine sits and paddles a Curtis DragonFly. Of course the seat was lowered.
To each his own................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Oct-30-13 1:33 PM (EST)
Posted by: sweeper on Oct-30-13 9:19 PM (EST)
I'm retired and my disposable income is not what it used to be. I'm looking for a light weight hull that will last.
First impression, not asking much|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-30-13 10:35 PM (EST)
Taking that statement at face value, I see no problem. After all, what lightweight hull won't be expected to "last"? Now, maybe your intended useage complicates the matter (rock-bashing, etc.), but for a lot of people, any lightweight hull can reasonably be expected to last a whole lot longer than the boat's owner.
Posted by: windwalker on Oct-30-13 11:01 PM (EST)
Yeah I'd have a hard time with that too...
You must pack light and small|
Posted by: davbart on Oct-31-13 4:10 PM (EST)
I own a GRB Classic XL,and it is a fantastic boat (despite my attempt to sell it), but I can't imagine trying to use it for a week long trip.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Oct-31-13 4:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Oct-31-13 8:26 PM (EST)
My total kit weighs less than 40#, so I'm not expecting much problem with the XL. I weigh about 165, so a 200# load shouldn't be a problem.
I pack differently,...|
Posted by: davbart on Oct-31-13 8:47 PM (EST)
when backpacking. A few extra pounds in a canoe is worth the comfort in camp, as we used to say in the Army, "pack light, freeze at night". That said not only is my kit heavier, I go 230, so quite a bit more weight in the boat.
My five in "tripping" context|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-01-13 12:04 AM (EST)
Of course, one can "trip" in a Hornbeck, a pro racing hull or a coracle, but I don't think that's the context of the question.
top 5 solo caneos|
Posted by: Fallguy on Nov-18-13 8:17 PM (EST)
Has anyone paddled the Souris river Tranquility or there Quetico 16 set up for solo paddling?
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-18-13 8:22 PM (EST)
I am not qualified|
Posted by: castoff on Nov-18-13 10:26 PM (EST)
As I lack experience in many different canoes. Those I have pestered on here for info on different solos during the spring this year are surly aware that this is true. I did end up buying a couple older Kevlar Curtis solos a 1984 Solo Tripper and a 1987 Vagabond. Both boats are in great condition and the Vagabond is mint. I enjoy both, but my dog decided she should take up canoeing also. She weights 45 pounds and I am 185 which put me at about the limit for the Vagabond. I took the seat out and shaped a foam bucket seat that puts me about 5” off the bottom this works well for me and the dog. My wife fits the Vagabond and doesn't paddle with the dog on board. She uses the stock seat when she paddles it. However, the Solo Tripper works much better for me and the dog. I like it the better of the two canoes even though the Vagabond has tumblehome and the Tripper doesn't.