My Wife and I have used this boat for two seasons and we are happy. My wife calls it her baby. We have used it for camping(overloaded did O.K.), exploring, fishing and general recreation. We run a minn kota 40lb thrust motor powered by a cheap 115 AH battery. We get approx. four hours at full speed, which is much faster than paddling. It has been abused and is as good as the day we bought it. Can't go wrong for this price.Logan of Doesn't Matter, AR - :
A friend and I each bought one just about a year ago, he got the 14', and I have the 16'. I've spent some time in a number of different canoes prior to this purchase, either rentals or borrowing them from friends, and when shopping around, but nothing compares. This is the first canoe that I've owned, so I really got to learn a lot in it, but my aforementioned friend is an expert whitewater kayaker, and he is tickled with his also. The weekend that I got mine, my local water (Buffalo National River) was in flood stage, we made a 4 mile float in 45 minutes and had a blast in the pouring rain. My friend's 14' has seen a class 3 whitewater run and came out unscathed, they are very versatile and fun canoes. Here's what I wanted to know, but couldn't find when I was looking: 1) These canoes are polyethylene like a kayak, and are quite durable, but in the end they are still plastic so don't expect armor plating. 2) The grooves in the bottom allow the canoe to track PHENOMENALLY, this thing will go in a straight line for days, and really follows currents well, unless it is a large eddy, etc. 3) The bottom is a V shape, NOT FLAT. But that isn't bad, all that it does is make it rock slightly to one side or the other before it is completely stable, not enough to send you over, but enough to notice. 4) They make great fishing rigs, I stand up in mine for miles, sitting down to paddle, but they are stable enough for me to stand in comfortably( in the back) and cast or set the hook on a big smallmouth. 5) They are hard to carry alone, simple as that. With two people it's easy, but unlike ordinary canoes, there is no place to put it on your shoulders in the middle. Although you can put it on top of your head, but I would not recommend it! 6) The motor mount on the back is not as accommodating as it seems, requiring an extendable handle in order to reach I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this product to anyone from beginner to expertrodney hopkins of :
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Mad River Canoe - Canoecopia 2011