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  • Very good presentation based upon objective analysis and practice. I agree, as I use the inflatable only when supplemental issues mandate it.
  • Now I am really missing my original Nordic ski exerciser. But, it's great to be able to experience appreciative memories, in substituation of actuality. And that old sweet Sawyer canoe is still parting the waters, somewhere...
  • Objectively written reviews will make mention of oil-canning, if there is any.
  • Outside is ok, on a canoe rack or sawhorses. Cover with a tarp and vent somewhat. Should last 20+ years, pending use factors.
  • If you have no fears of fiberglass, check out Indian River Canoes. They are good designs,and lightweight for fiberglass. They are also sold in your neck of the woods. They are also a good value.
  • Drag is the negative factor inherent to hull design, and glide is the positive factor. Good glide is easy to understand, and much better to actually realize.
  • Absolutely right, the dynamics depend upon the circumstances and the desired responses. Some experimentation with the dumbbells would help to find out what the results would be. Sometimes, dumbbells would not be an advantage. I think there …
  • I use a couple of dumbbells to help trim and stabilize, depending on conditions. They are 15 lb. each and they make a big difference in tracking and handling, depending on where they are placed. The combined weight of 30 pounds is almost insig…
  • I've kept several composites outside on sawhorses covered with tarps, and through frigid winters. They shine like new with a spring washing. Only issue is with the plastic sawhorse brackets that get brittle and crack. I'm building a wooden stora…
  • Thanks for the feedback - I decided to go with an Indian River Arrowhead - http://www.indianrivercanoemfg.com/arrowhead.htm The Arrowhead is similar to the older OT Stillwater canoes, of which I have a 14' and 16'. They are great for inland la…
  • I am going to only suggest that there "may" be differences "in the water" as you are thinking. While a hull design has the same basic shape, the composites used from one layup material to another may not all have the same buoyancy and "in the wat…
  • Right, I am looking for a shallower canoe with less sheer. The overall goal is to have less wind surface to deal with. Actually, that is what paddleboards excel at. I happen to have a 12' lake paddleboard, and I do well with it for a beginner o…
  • On my Olds Silhouette minivan, I use 2 inside the hood side strap loops attached to the vehicle body under the hood. They each connect to a 4' strap that is looped to the front thwart of the canoe. At the rear, I use a single strap looped around …
  • Intrigue is why I still have an Escapade It has been said that the Escapade is more suited when tandem use is the main, and the Solo + when solo is the main. I switched out the bucket seats for curved cherry cane seats to enhance the intrigue.
  • Sounds like you have advanced to the stage where you should consider owning a fleet of canoes, or at least two of them. Many others are already there.
  • Until you find the right buy, you might consider using a canoe dolly for your current canoe. That would lighten up the "moving around" part, although you would still have to load and unload it. Many 14' or 16' kevlar canoes would fit what you are…
  • Maybe a Sawyer "Outrage" canoe, which was about 18.5' and in a kevlar composite layup. It was fairly fast and quite stable. I was actually hoping that the "was to be" OT Koru would have been a match, but it didn't materalize on the market.
  • I have also used my SUP paddle while standing in a couple of canoes, being a 17' aluminum and a 14' kevlar Fisherman. The results were very favorable. I used gorilla tape to attach a 15" x 2" piece of plastic C channel to the rear hull of the Fi…
  • It would be very helpful if we knew the location of the canoe. Actually, it is ideal for recreation.
  • Looking at the first page of the Michicraft catalog from the link shows the effect of sitting as you described. The canoe is the 15' model, and the front 2' of the canoe is above the waterline. If a wind picks up, there's no telling what might happe…
  • With due respect to your deck question, there are other considerations you should look at. What is your intended usage? What model of OT canoe is this "under the deck" canoe? I am not trying to hijack the basis of your post, but usually the…
  • Mountain Island Lake is good paddling, and there is convenient public access right off of highway 16.
  • There are hidden costs to consider, and a cheap, heavy, and inefficient paddle will definitely take the fun out of your paddling experience. The cheap and inefficient paddles have turned off many new paddlers to paddling for that reason.
  • What is lacking on the AW110 is a contour grip on the front of the camera. You can fabricate one with a small piece of scrap plastic and some gorilla tape. Makes a big improvement for one hand camera operation.
  • Went with a NIkon AW110 last week, and am very happy with it. It takes great stills and even videos, for a waterproof camera with decent zoom capability. Big W has a real good price on it now.
  • Probably can't go wrong with any of them for a start, although I have not paddled all of them, I will put in a plug for the Smokercraft. For a 17' aluminum it is quite seaworthy, strong, and stable. Paddles good for its class, whether tandem, sol…
  • Some situations are no win(d) Your craft is designed to handle much more weight than you have in it, and it is a fast paddling craft. I went through something similar awhile back, and I added weight to the bow and stern by adding half a 50lb. bag…
  • Still a few afficiandos around who would like to have your canoe at a fair value price. Still, most will "low ball" you, all the same, so don't be surprised when you list it for sale and that happens. Good luck.
  • I have used the Cabelas universal storage box, although it is lower in height. I tie it with a rope to the rear loop as a safety. When combined with knee pads, it provides the same basic canoe kneeling/seated position, although you are only on a …
  • The single canoe paddle excels in control, whereas, the double canoe/kayak paddle excels in consistent power.
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