Looking at tandem models for BWCAW day trips and overnight trips. I have been encouraged to look into the Jensen 18. I am light (160) as is my wife (115); my three kids are all skinny. We pack light to average weight.
I own a Souris River Quetico 16 that my wife and I have been using, but need to expand the fleet to accomodate the kids now.
I was going to just add a Quetico 17 and be done with it (I like the Q16), but figured I should at least explore some other options first. I like the thought of my wife being in a faster model, since I am a signficantly stronger paddler, but don’t want to put her in a model that will make her uncomfortable (my concern with Jensen 18). My wife and kids are intermediates.
I plan on paddling the Q16 with my 7-year-old, while my wife will paddle the new model with my 10- and 3-year-olds. I am not so interested in the larger 3-person models (have two solo models, too, that I plan to paddle as the kids get too large to fit in two tandems).
- Is there enough freeboard to feel comfortable on large lakes in medium to large waves?
- How do you rate initial and secondary stability?
- Is the speed advantage great enough to justify trade-offs in freeboard and stability (every canoe is about trade-offs)?
I will have a chance to demo once the ice is out, but a demo only tells you so much; will appreciate others’ real-world experiences.