I paddle mostly in Texas and Arrkansas. We also paddle a yearly long trip. Our rivers are alomost always low water shallow rock gardens with drops up to 4 feet.
I have been paddling a Mad River Legend 15 for years that I sometimes solo. It has worked for me but it is a pig in the flats and doesn't have enough capacity as a solo boat. I LOVE the way it turns though.
I want a big boat Royalex boat that can turn and carry two people and gear for a week. I'd prefer it wasn't too bad in the flats and can still take a drop.
I know it needs to be a durable jack of all trades. I'm looking at an Equif Cayone 16.5 or a Bell Alaskan.
Does anyone have experience with these boats or can they make a recommendation?
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Posted by: ppine on May-23-14 1:49 PM (EST)
Nova Craft Prospector|
Posted by: cycle003 on May-23-14 4:08 PM (EST)
I just got a Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Royalex, and I think it would fit the bill for you. It's maneuverable, rugged and roomy.
nova craft Prospecter |
Posted by: redrocket on May-23-14 5:56 PM (EST)
I second that. Hear Hear!
Maybe there's an Old Town Tripper still |
Posted by: ezwater on May-24-14 2:56 PM (EST)
available, even though the Royalex supply is drying up.
Posted by: kayamedic on May-24-14 9:55 PM (EST)
is the choice for many Maine paddlers solo or tandem.
Nova Craft Moisie|
Posted by: pblanc on May-26-14 1:43 PM (EST)
I am a bit confused by your comment that the 15' Legend (which is quite full in the ends) does not have enough capacity as a solo boat.
Strictly a solo boat|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-26-14 2:47 PM (EST)
I've used my Swift Raven for long distance river hauling. It's a big tough solo. It has been used (not) by me on multi month expeditions. I've been on two week long trips. It's quite dry even in big big wave trains
Posted by: fatelmo on Jun-11-14 12:30 PM (EST)
Posted by: datakoll on Jul-04-14 2:36 PM (EST)
I think you're right about most Royalex|
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-09-14 9:07 AM (EST)
being a bit piggy.
Posted by: ppine on Jul-21-14 10:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: pdlgsltd on Aug-23-14 8:28 AM (EST)
I'd be interested in hearing what you think about the Cascade. It's a boat I have been looking at for a while.
Posted by: ppine on Aug-26-14 4:31 PM (EST)
Probably the first time out with the Cascade will be the Sacramento River in early October to chase the wily king salmon. The boat lives in Oregon and I am in Nevada.