Nessmuck XL is an enlarged version of the replica Nessmuk. It is meant to function in a manner consistent with the original Nessmuk but a larger person and/or more weight burden. Hemlock Canoes has carefully kept the designed hull shape in this enlarged verson to offer the same feel relative to paddling, maneuverability and seaworthiness. If your size or activities do not allow the use of the smaller Nessmuk, give the xl version a try.
Actually Rushton sized the original up and down in an attempt to fit the boat to Nessmuks various annual requests. Although he never built a Nessmuk as large as this one, Hamlock has remained within the perimeters of their thoughts.
Please note that the original paddle supplied with a Rushton Nessmuk model canoe was a double blade 8' in length with 6" x 18" unfeathered blades an 1.25" ferrule joint and drip cups. Such a paddle is available on the Hemlock Canoe website.
Read and submit reviews for the Nessmuk XL.
1. "tender" is how some describe this Rushton designed Pack Canoe... I call it tippy to an extreme. Hard to get in and out of, even with Peter Hornbeck's excellent You Tube instructional video, particularly in locations that only offer a concrete (slippery) boat launch surrounded by feet of goose poop. No foot braces are provided to help with weight distribution and efficient paddling...big con.
2. The seat is a minuscule mini cell foam glued to the inside bottom. This results in a wet ride and is uncomfortable. Dave Curtis, owner/builder, recommends placing a Crazy Creek camping chair over it for extra cushioning of the buttocks and back; this results in even more discomfort, sliding and poor body rotation when fishing.
3. Each paddle stroke is immediately responded to, leading to poor tracking.
1. This is a beautiful boat made of Kevlar with a gel coat and ash rails. The thwarts are well placed and flotation in stern and bow are sealed. Although easy to scratch up, it's tough and is easily cleaned. The gel coat gleams, even after 7 years of use.
2. At 24 lbs, she is easy to pick up, carry and cartop; this is a plus for a 65 yo, 5'5" woman!
3. She is nimble, easy to turn and fast! I have a fiberglass sea kayak that glides and my partner can almost keep up with me.
4. She carries a lot of gear, is easy to trimmed somehow my partner is able to fish to her hearts content.
5. She handles beautifully in choppy conditions created by weather or the wake from other boats. She seems happy on a big lake as well as smaller calm lakes.
6. Although I wouldn't want to paddle her, my partner loves her boat and seems to have mastered her quite well.