Greetings! I'm a long time lurker, more of a whitewater paddler than flatwater, but doing quite a bit more flatwater (and loving it) with young kids.
A few years back I picked up a Sawyer tandem canoe - 1978 vintage (or the serial number ends in "78" anyway), and have long wondered what model it was. 18'6" long, 11" center depth, about 14" bow and stern (deck plate on bow). Gunnels are aluminum and are shaped like an "eye" bolt (round with a flat protrusion straight down that is riveted to the kevlar hull). Had been used as a downriver raceboat by a very accomplished paddler.
So, the first question - any ideas what it might be?
And secondly, how might it compare stability and cruising speed wise with newer generation boats (especially the Savage River Susquehanna). My wife and I have really enjoyed this boat, but she's now thinking with kids she'd like something with a little bit more room in the bow and perhaps a little bit more stable (though we've had great experiences with this one so far).
Thank you for any ideas, thoughts, and opinions!