I just wish
– Last Updated: Jun-05-09 6:45 AM EST –
I had a garage to keep it in; it would be easier to keep the wood trim looking nice if I could store it out of the weather. Aluminum rails would have been a more practical option, but I would have had to wait for one to be built and shipped---only a few weeks, but I just couldn't let this boat go. My condo is on the second floor, or I would get rid of some furniture and keep it in the living room. Seriously. If we have a hurricane this summer, it will definitely come upstairs.
With the seat on the floor, and adjustable foot braces, the Tupper is designed to be paddled with a double blade, so there was no transition from a rec kayak. It moves through the water silently, unlike the rec kayak which makes a lot of bow noise, and it is much faster.
I can carry my Nemo cart without having to take it apart to stow it. Even though the canoe is light weight, there are several places I go regularly that require taking the boat a good distance between the launch and the parking lot. When trying to get back before an approaching Florida thunderstorm, it is nice to be able to take the cart out of the canoe, strap the canoe on it, and run.
I did not have the opportunity to try any other solo canoes, so I can't say whether I would have liked the others I was considering as well. I do know I could not have liked them more. Isn't possible ;^)
The customer service from Vermont Canoe is amazing. Rob and Amy came down to bring canoes to their Apopka dealer, and wanted to do some paddling here. I demoed the Tupper for two full days, on two of my favorite streams. They have asked for feedback on the boat, which is the first Tupper to make its home in Florida, and have faithfully answered my questions.
I see you're at the other end of the east coast from me, or I'd be happy to have you try my boat.