Varney

Varney

I am looking at three lighter tandem canoes and ones they would be somewhat less tender then my 1980’s fiberglass Lincoln 5.3 for the simple reason that I’m now in my late 60’s and have to car top to paddle. The three I’m looking at are the NorthShore Northwind 17, Swift Keewaydin 17 and the Wenonah Spirit II and all are substantially lighter then my Lincoln. I’m assuming the Spirit II would be the most stable of the three, but don’t know how much it gives up on efficiency and don’t know how much more stable I might find each of these to my present boat. I’ve always been comfortable in the Lincoln and it is efficient, but now looking ahead to paddling when I’m older and probably will eventually feel more comfortable in a slightly more stable hull design, but don’t want to drop down to a recreational hull. If anyone has experience with any of these three boats and would like to share thoughts/input … most appreciated.