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Old 11-15-2015, 03:08 PM   #71
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If you are looking for singles and these will be your first kayaks check out the Venture Flex 11 with skeg. At about $700 CDN (at MEC) it is a great deal, is bulletproof and only weighs about 40lbs so easy to get on the roof. Tracks really well with the skeg down.
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I have been to Sea Eagle's site before looking at some of their offerings. However, I looked again because of your post, and made a very interesting discovery, their Travel Canoe, which just came on the market this year.
Sure would be nice to try on a breezy day.
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Sure would be nice to try on a breezy day.
Not even my tripping canoe does real good in the wind, especially when broaching.
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In a canoe, paddling into the wind solo, I kneel forward of the centre thwart. Shifting the weight forward turns the stern of the boat into a wind rudder, keeping the boat from trying to swing around.
If the wind is coming from behind, shift weigh back and it will track much better.
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I am really liking this canoe, and will be giving it a much closer look over the winter.

https://www.seaeagle.com/TravelCanoe/TC16
It does look interesting... but C$3000
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Years and years ago I bought a Greenwood canvas canoe. I think it was 15 or 16'. It was beautiful and had mahogany trim. Green coloured canvas. The company closed in 1975. This thread got me remembering it and amazingly I found this website:
http://www.greenwoodcanoecompany.com

This page shows some of the company's advertising and has the price and spec sheet of their models. Et Cetera

I think I paid 200 for my canoe I was eighteen years old. Good memories. Liz and I paddled in it when we were dating. Then we got married and lived in small apartment so I sold it.

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I have been to Sea Eagle's site before looking at some of their offerings. However, I looked again because of your post, and made a very interesting discovery, their Travel Canoe, which just came on the market this year.
I was a little wary of all their promotional stuff, but I have to say we've been very impressed with the quality of the Fasttrack kayak. We've used it for three years now and certainly haven't babied it any, and it looks and performs just as it did when we bought. The bottom material is especially tough. No leaks, no hint of anything puncturing it or even seriously scratching it. I do have to be a little careful about pumping it up on a cool morning and then leaving it out in the Florida Keys sun. I normally let a little blast of air out of it when bringing it in and then top it up again the next time we launch. I'd be curious about how much (or little) air the drop stitched canoe requires....the drop-stitched floor inflates with only a few strokes of the foot pump. As for more than one chamber per side, I guess it would be a problem, whether the whole side or just half of it deflated. You would have plenty of flotation left, but it wouldn't make much of a canoe that way.
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It does look interesting... but C$3000
That doesn't sound too bad at all, if quality is there, and gives us the means to do what we would want. A couple of my canoes were both near $2k.
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Years and years ago I bought a Greenwood canvas canoe. I think it was 15 or 16'. It was beautiful and had mahogany trim. Green coloured canvas. The company closed in 1975. This thread got me remembering it and amazingly I found this website:
Greenwood Canoe Company

This page shows some of the company's advertising and has the price and spec sheet of their models. Et Cetera

I think I paid 200 for my canoe I was eighteen years old. Good memories. Liz and I paddled in it when we were dating. Then we got married and lived in small apartment so I sold it.

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Some of those older canoes are really classy. I would love to get a classic old Chestnut wood canvas one.
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I was a little wary of all their promotional stuff, but I have to say we've been very impressed with the quality of the Fasttrack kayak. We've used it for three years now and certainly haven't babied it any, and it looks and performs just as it did when we bought. The bottom material is especially tough. No leaks, no hint of anything puncturing it or even seriously scratching it. I do have to be a little careful about pumping it up on a cool morning and then leaving it out in the Florida Keys sun. I normally let a little blast of air out of it when bringing it in and then top it up again the next time we launch. I'd be curious about how much (or little) air the drop stitched canoe requires....the drop-stitched floor inflates with only a few strokes of the foot pump. As for more than one chamber per side, I guess it would be a problem, whether the whole side or just half of it deflated. You would have plenty of flotation left, but it wouldn't make much of a canoe that way.
Good to hear a personal endorsement like yours. That is very wise regarding deflating a bit when it is cold. Once heated, it would certainly cause a big pressure increase. I had a wee leak in a down-filled air mattress, and dunked it in the lake to find it. Because it cooled, it lost pressure, so I added a it of air to help find the leak. I did find it, and repaired it, and then stupidly set it out in the sun to dry off, without letting some air out. It expanded too much and ruined the webs that went from side to side, and instead of being a flat mattress, it looked like a big blimp. $300 down the drain.
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I need someone to paddle while I fish.
Thats why electric trolling motors were invented.

Unfortunately, the Travel Canoe doesn't have a motor mount option, or I would be all over it. Or to rephrase that; if Susannah would loan me the credit card I would have been all over it.

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Thats why electric trolling motors were invented.

Unfortunately, the Travel Canoe doesn't have a motor mount option, or I would be all over it. Or to rephrase that; if Susannah would loan me the credit card I would have been all over it.

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Ah. but they do, Alan.
https://www.seaeagle.com/Accessories/motormounts

Fishing gear too.
https://www.seaeagle.com/Accessories/fishing-gear
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