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PostPosted: April 4th, 2013, 11:55 am 
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Solo.....its spring so I'm in either the Esquif Taureau or the Ledge.The Esquif Spark is another that you'll often see me in. Summer time lake water tripping I'm in the, Blue Water Mist or Split Rock and for lake water stylized paddling and day tripping you'll see me in the Esquif Echo.

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PostPosted: April 8th, 2013, 8:28 pm 
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Wenonah Argosy - royalex... and would love one in kevlar.


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PostPosted: July 31st, 2013, 9:14 pm 
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Well I started out soloing tandems, and if you are packing upwards of 100lbs for two weeks or more, they still make sense. Prospectors come from a time before ATV's where if you wanted to access the majority of Canada, you either flew or paddled. It wasn't seen as "sport", but simply as the only way to travel.

First "solo" was a Nova Craft Bob Special.

Liked it so much I bought another Kevlar when the first was stolen. Then the second one was stolen. (ugh!)

Then I decided to try American style "sport" solo's...
Found an original Sawyer Mist. And hated it (the only canoe I've ever sold has been a Yost, and there's a reason for that)

Then I test paddled my current boat, a Wenonah Canak. For regular day tripping on big water with big wind, with an occasional long weekend tripping it is down right perfect. It's a very polarizing boat, people either love it or hate it before they even float one, but I am one that loves it.

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Has been a "lucky" boat, had some great days hitting the big boys on Lake Ontario.

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PostPosted: August 1st, 2013, 9:39 pm 
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I would have quite a bit of interest in Wenonah solo boats, but I detest tractor style seating.

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PostPosted: August 1st, 2013, 10:10 pm 
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Liquid Logic Airhead converted to C1 - for playing, or self punishment. (for sale)
Wavesport Project 62 - K1 when I feel like giving up and taking it easy
Dagger Impulse for solo ww tripping
Home built modified Ranger - solo flatwater, or easy ww tripping
Necky Chatham 17' K1
Necky Eliza (wife's)

If someone tried hard enough I would probably buy an ocoee... or something

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NC Prospector Rx 16'
Evergreen Starburst
Esquif Mistral (my brother's... but I have been borrowing it)
Old chestnut something... waiting for a new canvass when I get around to it.
17' Unidentified stripper... long story...


Currently in the market for a larger family sized boat... suitable for a couple of rug rats. Fast in the water because I am the only one paddling. Can handle as much WW as the wife will let me. I am thinking a mistral 17' might be in the cards.

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PostPosted: August 1st, 2013, 10:59 pm 
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Ah Dan, just get the rx 17 foot NC prospector for the rug rats. You know the 16 footer well enough, the 17 footer would be a lot of boat, and very forgiving for the kids. Didn't realize you were so on the ball, you got two already?


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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2013, 4:49 am 
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SteveBoal wrote:
I would have quite a bit of interest in Wenonah solo boats, but I detest tractor style seating.


That's the one downside to Wenonah's tractor/pedestal seats, you can't paddle kneeling in them. Atleast not comfortably. They have a "regular" bench seat option for their pedestal, but the one Advantage I paddled with a regular laced seat couldn't be knelt in that well either.

The tractor seats are comfy though, I wasn't sure how well I would get along with it but I don't even use a butt pad on the stock seat and don't have any trouble going for six or seven hours at a shot without a touch of monkey butt.


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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2013, 8:19 am 
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I would have quite a bit of interest in Wenonah solo boats, but I detest tractor style seating.


Wenonah's solo canoe page shows several solos with the traditional wood-framed web seats installed so maybe standard on some. Kneeling comfort might still be an issue if there isn't enough clearance for feet underneath the seat.

http://www.wenonah.com/products/templat ... php?NID=28

With a deeper-sided traditional tandem, foot clearance under the seat might be less of a problem... and there's an added benefit in comfort from sitting on the bottom to relax at times with the back resting on the seat edge, feet up on a thwart.

I'm still paddling a small tandem Peterborough Huron as my solo and enjoying it, especially paddling leaned over Canadian style. Around here (Algonquin area), there's <grunt> porting, so a fixed yoke and being able to have a large canoe pack holding everything up front helps make that easier.

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PostPosted: August 5th, 2013, 7:51 am 
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Finally got mine out where she belongs.


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PostPosted: August 5th, 2013, 8:11 am 
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Beauty! I like that yoke, looks all ready to go on a portage.

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PostPosted: August 5th, 2013, 8:19 am 
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I had just finished portaging and it isn't as heavy or awkward as I had feared, it just needs a pad on the yoke. Although I have long legs, I can easily get them under the yoke and be comfortable still. She paddles and tracks nicer than the 15' Huron I had last year, but at 14 feet she might be a bit small for larger lakes and wind situations.


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PostPosted: August 5th, 2013, 10:02 am 
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Esquif Vertige for WW tripping.
Mad River Outrage for speed and precision
Esquif Spanish Fly for fun
Esquif L'edge for taking up space in my garage. This one doesn't seem to get paddled much now that I have a Fly and will probably go for sale or trade for a glass prospector or an Ocoee


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PostPosted: August 20th, 2013, 11:39 pm 
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My first was a Swift Raven. Friends say she paddles like a pig but I appreciate her volume and handling characteristics in the big waves. A few years later, I built a wood-strip Jonathan Winter's design Osprey but feel somewhat claustrophobic in it. For my far northern trips I have a Pakcanoe 150T that was converted into the Pakcanoe 150 by switching out 5 of the cross ribs that are narrower and taller. The Raven is now getting too heavy; thus, I purchased a Novacraft SuperNova in a bluesteel layup and am really falling in love with her.

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PostPosted: August 21st, 2013, 6:05 am 
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Hmm...
Whitewater;
Mad River Outrage (Tom Foster Jim Henry)
Dagger Cascade (C1) (Steve Scarborough)
River tripping;
Swift Osprey (John Winters)
Millbrook Souhegan (Ed Hayden)
Mad River Explorer (Jim Henry)
Lake and coastal tripping;
Bell Magic (David Yost)
Wenonah Voyager (?)
Day paddling;
Mad River Independence (Jim Henry)
Bell Wildfire (David Yost)


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PostPosted: August 21st, 2013, 6:57 am 
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TommyC1 wrote:
Hmm...
Whitewater;
Mad River Outrage (Tom Foster Jim Henry)
Dagger Cascade (C1) (Steve Scarborough)
River tripping;
Swift Osprey (John Winters)
Millbrook Souhegan (Ed Hayden)
Mad River Explorer (Jim Henry)
Lake and coastal tripping;
Bell Magic (David Yost)
Wenonah Voyager (?)
Day paddling;
Mad River Independence (Jim Henry)
Bell Wildfire (David Yost)


For what it is worth, I'm pretty sure the Dagger Cascade was designed by Jon Lugbill.


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