Posted by: mister123 on Apr-26-12 6:30 PM (EST)
I own a Royalex Argosy as well as a Ultralite Wenonah Wilderness. As a section paddler I agree with what Waterspyder said. If I had to purchase a canoe for the trail I think I would get a Wenonah Wilderness in Tuf-Weave. It's a bit longer and much stiffer than the Royalex. It would do better on the big lakes and still do pretty well on rivers. The Tuf-Weave is a very durable material and I think it can handle the trail unless something really bad happened.It's a bit lighter than Royalex which will help on those portages you can't use wheels on.
There is no perfect boat for the whole trail, everything is a compromise, If you can get an Argosy at a good price it will be adequate. There are other models by other manufactures that are comparable and would also do well.
Concerning carts, get a good one like RiverSpyder says. I don't like to bad mouth any product but stay away from the C-Tug or anything else with plastic axles and bushings. The ATC cart with bicycle wheels is good but keep and eye on the bearings. You want something with good ground clearance for the rough but wheelable portages.
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