After being away from recreation racing (dragon boat, outrigger, tandem, kayak) for a decade we bought a use Escapade to take with us camping.
The Escapade (42lb) has proven to be a good choice in that our children (11&13) like to take it out solo or tandem without needing help from Mom or Dad.
With the success of the Escapade we’ve been looking for a 2nd canoe so the family ( 4+100lb Lab) can overnight and possibly take longer trips.
A 42lb Minnesota II is available but we are wondering if the characteristics of the Escapade and Minnesota are to far part. To balance the boats we are thinking of having Dad & 11YO + dog in the Minnesota while Mom & 13Yo would be in the Escapade.
Paddling is open water.
Thank you for your comments,