Hi - I’m seriously considering a Northstar Trillium as a small solo for mostly flat water (rivers, lakes in New England, New York and surrounding areas), with maybe the occasional riffle. Day paddling, me (6’2", 180-185lbs) and Iain the boat dog (40 lb Cardigan Welsh Corgi). Want the option of using a double bladed paddle on occasion, but will mostly be single blade. I like to play with the paddle - not full on freestyle, but one thing I love about canoes is their responsiveness to each stroke. Thought about the Northstar Phoenix as well, but it seems the reduced rocker in the stern of the Trillium will help with tracking in windy conditions (and I’m finding it’s almost always windy here) without seriously impacting maneuverability. I paddle kneeling, usually offset to the right. I currently solo in my Mad River Malecite KX tandem, but like the idea of a shorter dedicated solo boat (I’ll be keeping the Malecite for paddling with my wife or in case I suddenly decide that a week long “expedition” is just the thing - could happen).
I’d like to get comments from folks who have paddled the Trillium - pro’s and con’s.
I’d love to find some one in the area (New England, eastern New York, NJ, PA) who has a Trillium and would be willing to let me try it out. I haven’t found a dealer with one in stock and I’d like to try before I buy.
Thanks in advance.