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I've always thought the Caribou was one of the prettiest production sea kayaks.
I did not find that it suited me, but enough skilled paddlers admire the boat to indicate it is a very good design.
Attached are images of the earlier (blue deck) and current (teal deck) CD versions of the boat.
G'day: the caribou kayak is certainly a gem. I've been paddling since 1989 and have paddled many touring/sea kayaks. The caribou is the best kayak I've ever paddled. It is right at home in big open waters and submits to easy paddling in creeks and rivers because of its easy turning ability. *Note: I still like the older/original version(prior to 2010's re-design)of the caribou. Current Designs completely re-designed this classic in every way(length/width/hatch covers/hard chine/seating(fore)etc...)I've paddled the new version and it felt good, fast and responsive but a bit more 'squirly' from the original model. Don't know why???? Current Designs(Wenonah) changed this great kayak so radically...nontheless if one really loves a kayak they tried then purchase it by all means. I have a friend who paddle both versions of the Caribou and purchased the new model(2011) and totally loves paddling the kayak..I own two(2) older versions and I'm looking for a third. I love the older version of the bou' in so many paddling ways. I've had it out in many conditions on many types of water. I hardly ever use the skeg-although it is good to have one--that is how easily this boat is responsive to paddling technique. Anyone have an older version for sale???
Thank you all for your kind words about the Caribou!
Yes, it is Barry Buchanan, the designer of the Caribou. I am alive and well; mostly riding an adventure motorcycle these days, and contributing to that community. You can learn more about that by searching for "blacklabadventures", or, "site stromtrooper, black lab".
I promise you that there will be another chapter in the history of the Caribou!
I DO like the comments of paddlers that say, "the 'old' version is better then the 'new' version." That's because the old version has a piece of my soul in it! The new one, does not.