Hi Folks, I posted over on Canadian Canoe Routes a question about my next canoe purchase and I think I have exhausted everyone there -- I mean I have exhausted their knowledge -- so I am putting the question out here as well.
I currently own a PBW Spitfire and a Wenonah Solo Plus. Love the Spitfire for small lakes, estuaries, ponds, marshes, etc. Have paddled the Rapidfire and love it, but not feeling like a trip stateside to pick one up, etc.
I'm on Vancouver Island and have local distributors for Clipper, Wenonah, Bluewater, and Old Town. Also Swift and Souris River will ship me a canoe.
I want a light (under 35 lbs if possible), fast, flatwater solo to replace my Solo Plus (which is 45 lbs). I'm willing to trade off some speed for sea worthiness in big waves, but I find, for example, the Rapidfire to be plenty sea worthy.
I paddle primarily with an Aleut double and straight shaft single. I like to sit most of the time, but enjoy kneeling on occasion. I don't plan to use this boat for any river running, etc. I like foot pegs or a foot bar.
I must store it outside so minimal maintenance is preferred, i.e. as little wood as possible.
I do very little tripping, mostly day trips with the odd three day excursion.
So my list is as follows: Splitrock,Mist,Osprey, Prism, Solitude, Tranquility, Packer. In that order at the moment, which has changed from what I discovered on CCR.
I've only paddled the Solitude from this list, but also have paddled a Rendezvous, Voyageur, and a NW Ultimate 12 along with a few kayaks and some tandems.
So, for speed on flatwater first and wind and waves second, which boat should I buy?