If that is the boat which you speak of, it is one of my favorite hulls for the river. Lakes, not so much. I owned the precursor to that hull, the St. Croix, and added a second boat a few years later for a “Guest” boat and they had re-named it the Explorer 14TT. It would be less confusing had they not changed the name, as “Explorer” has been used in probably a dozen of their hulls? If the polyethylene hadn’t gotten heavier (not really, ME getting WEAKER) I’d still be paddling one. It is More than 14’, closer to 14’6" as I recall?
I paddled this boat both solo and tandem. Made a great fishing boat back when I used to fish a lot. Don’t be afraid to “Test” that stability, that shallow-V may feel a bit “Tippy” straight up, but lean it on either “V” and it firms right up. It does like to turn, however, so if paddling wide bodies of water and lakes, you will need to learn the j-stroke to keep it tracking straight.
I found this boat to be very bouyant in waves, it rides over them well. I never needed air bags paddling class I and low class II (a chute on the Eleven Point and a few on the North Fork). That said, if you paddle solo a lot, air bags do make it easier to empty your boat if you do dump. However, not many adhesives work on polyethylene for D-rings to secure float bags; you will have to use a little ingenuity!
That’s a very user-friendly canoe. First boat my wife actually “Captained” from the stern. She had always been a bow paddler before. This boat gave her more confidence. Heck, now she paddles solo boats arround me (LOL)!
I know, many will tell you you NEED a solo boat and in time you probably WILL enjoy paddling a narrower, livlier boat? But this boat is SO MUCH better than the Coleman and Pelican type boats you find in the discount stores. Because it’s polyethylene, some folks automatically “Lump” it with them, but there is no comparison.
I sold my two during my personal “Inventory reduction” when I was facing a bunch of medical bills. I later bought a Mad River Explorer 15 and found it very similar and a few lbs lighter. I’ll leave you with a few pics of mine and some reviews on your boat. The Blue one is the Explorer 14 and tan one St.Croix. SAME BOAT I HAD 'EM SIDE BY SIDE. You and I are not the only “Fans.” Take care!