I want a stable canoe that my wife and I can fish out of. My wife and I are both on the larger side. 5’10, 200+pounds. In our Esquif Presage, she is not having fun when we go out on the James River or local ponds because every time she shifts her weight, the canoe feels tippy. We actually did tip once when drifting under a tree and she saw a spider. I was tying a lure and next thing I knew we were in the water.
Anyway, I am going to sell / trade the Presage and get a Pocket canyon for my own solo use, and I want to get another canoe for leisure. I want to buy local, and weight is a concern since I am 60 and am looking to ease up on the heavy lifting after two hernia surgeries.
So with weight and local availability as criteria, I have narrowed my choices down to the Wenonah Spirit II and the Wenonah Kingfisher. Appomattox River Canoe carries Wenonah and is an hour away. The Spirit II in Tuff-Weave Flexcore weighs 58 pounds and is 36" wide max and 17’ long. The Kingfisher is 16’ long, 40" wide and 51 pounds in the same layup.
So between those two canoes, it seems like the Spirit would be more maneuverable and less stable, and the Kingfisher vice-versa, is that a good assumption? Are the differences significant?
I would say that we will be on slow-moving rivers with occasional class I riffles (James River in Central VA) and ponds and small lakes. The James can be rocky and the canoe could be scraped on the bottom sometimes.
For camping, I’ll take the Pocket Canyon and my wife will take a SOT kayak. It’s really just for fishing and leisurely afternoon paddling that I am looking at the Wenonahs.
Thanks in advance for your time and advice,