Cart |

This Product Has Been Discontinued

Will's Boat Reviews


Read and submit reviews for the Will's Boat.

Grasse River Boatworks
Will's Boat Reviews

Read reviews for the Will's Boat by Grasse River Boatworks as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

Embed these reviews on your site


If there was a boat that I…

Submitted by: turnleftnow on 9/16/2015
If there was a boat that I wanted to display in my house, this is the one! Awesome craftsmanship with great attention to detail. The wooden gunnels are 3 pieces of wood laminated together that transition into beautiful wood bow and stern decks. The carbon fiber finish is excellent - even where I requested some extra carbon cloth. OK, so I didn't buy it to put in my house, I bought it for the primary purpose of using it in a 340 mile race on the Missouri River. I weigh about 70 pounds more than most 5'10" people and wanted a boat that would be very stable and forgiving for me, even after spending about 75 hours - almost continuously and with very little sleep - in it.

A buddy tried talking me into the Classic XL but that was even narrower than a Bell Wildfire I had owned, which, again because of my weight, had problems adjusting to its stability. That might have been because of the higher seat in the Bell. So I ordered the boat and because of timing issues, I only had about a half hour in the boat before the start of the 340 mile race. Because of the big winds that could happen on the wide open Missouri River, I ordered the boat with the Smartrudder option. That was a very good choice and held me straight as needed. Because the boat was designed as a whitewater boat (but has minimal rocker) with greater volume, its a bit taller and catches the wind pretty easy. I added temporary, cloth deck covers to help keep the wind out.

I think it would be a great BW boat for a bigger person.. and you could still haul a lot of gear with no problems. Oh ya, at only 28 pounds - with rudder - its very easy to move around and load. I only gave it a 9 because of my lack of time in the boat and because the carbon 'tractor' seat could be a little bit bigger or my butt a little smaller (as if that's gonna happen!).

As I don't have much good canoeing days left this year, I'll try to update this review after I have more time in the boat which will probably be sometime next year.