So in your opinion what weight, length, and canoe material makes the ideal canoe for a seven day, two person trip, in the BWCA?
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Posted by: glendorado on Jan-16-13 8:56 AM (EST)
on where you're going to paddle in the BWCA. Strictly lakes ?? Rivers?? Long portages ?? Are both of you fit to drag a longer canoe for a 1-2 mile portage several times a day ?? I'm from MN & paddle there many times a year. I do mostly rivers, so a kayak is best for me. If I were going to do mostly lakes & portage a lot with two people, I would use a shorter, lighter canoe, maybe a 14' or 16' aluminum. Some of the portages in the BWCA take a LOT of effort. you should be able to pack everything you need in a 14' or 16'. Just make SURE you have everything you need for a 7 day trip. Once you venture out, you may not see another soul the entire trip. Self rescue skills are a MUST.
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-16-13 4:08 PM (EST)
It would be long portages. I am fit so thats not a problem. I am surprised you suggested aluminum over Kevlar.
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Posted by: simonbee on Jan-16-13 10:19 PM (EST)
The most popular canoe(tandem) in the BWCA is the Wenonah Minnesota II in Kevlar. Fast canoe, light, a true lake canoe. There are several other Kevlar canoes from Wenonah, Bell, Sourie River that work just as well. I own a Wenona Itasca (19 ft, kelar)that is what i use when i go the BWCA or Quetico. If money is an issue for rental, i would go for 16 Ft RX boat. Aluminum would be my last choice just because of weigh.
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Posted by: ppine on Jan-16-13 4:11 PM (EST)
It would be light, fast and have enough capacity to handle big waves with a load. I would go with a Kevlar boat in the 16-17 1/2 foot range, not too beamy like around 35 inches. Flat bow and stern with maybe around 13-14 inches deep. There are many boats that fit that description.
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-17-13 7:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: beaverjack on Jan-18-13 9:31 PM (EST)
My wife and I have done the BWCA with a variety of boats, including Royalex ones that I can't imagine using now because they weigh too dang much. Do yourself a favor, whatever hull design you get, get a Kev UL. I know, they're pricey. But it will be a boat you don't "age out of." It will always feel light. As for a tandem hull, I'd suggest the Wenonah MNII. Great boat, and it will handle the load you describe. Good luck.
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Posted by: dancookeccs on Jan-20-13 10:42 AM (EST)
I like the 18' 6" MNII, I had its older brother the WWII and used it in the BWCA for over 25 yrs. Room for gear and a very good efficiency when paddling. Shorter hulls just seem to always be wanting to climb out of the water but never being able to.
Posted by: markk on Feb-10-13 9:07 PM (EST)
foot, kevlar. But, anything 17 or 18 feet will do that doesn't weigh over 65 pounds. Of course, it depends on what you feel is important. If wanting to portage easilt and quicklt then go light weight canoe. If the portage is part of the journey then 65 pounds for a canoe is ok. Wind- some handle it better then others, but if you don't mind staying in camp wind bound then who cares. I've been in the BW every year at least once since 1969 and if I were to choose I and money was no object then I'd go with 17 feet kevlar. Mostly, I slow down and go with a rented royalex at 17 feet.
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Posted by: Jackl on Feb-13-13 9:38 AM (EST)
We used a rented 17 foot royalex Penobscot and it worked out fine.
Posted by: VoyageurNorth on Mar-14-13 3:48 PM (EST)
If you want a very light canoe & need something very stable then I'd say go with the Souris River Quetico 17 or 18. The 18 can have three seats and yet still weighs only 45 pounds.
Posted by: QCHiker on Mar-19-13 3:03 PM (EST)
I'd say go with either the Wenonah MN II or the Spirit II or the Souris River Quiticos. All are really great canoes for lake tripping.