I purchased it in 2012 for only $200.00 and knew I had a treasure. It had been stored and kept inside it's entire life and was in excellent condition and only had a few minor dings which Paul Hoefgen advised me how to repair. Once the repairs were done we took this beauty out and it is unbelievable. It is highly maneuverable and so very fast. We actually were able to get it going at such a speed that I had to tell my girlfriend to stop paddling because we were going too fast. What a totally fun canoe. It's everything we wanted and more in a canoe. If I could afford a brand new 17' one I would in a heartbeat. However, I did purchase a brand new 18' fiberglass Hoefgen Canoe from Paul in 2014 and it is a beautiful blue. We live near Des Moines, Iowa and used our vacation, drove to Wisconsin, picked it up from Paul and spent several hours getting a personal tour of his shop and just visiting and talking to the maker of our new canoe. Paul is a delight to talk to.
The 18' canoe is more stable, steady and slower than the 17' but our intention was to use it to canoe camp and it has never let us down. It is perfect for that use. Paul is getting older so if you want to get one of these great canoes now is the time. You will never be disappointed - that's for sure. Why purchase something factory made when you can get something personally made just for you and in the process meet the maker - Paul Hoefgen.
The Hoefgen Sport is a fast, easy to paddle canoe perfect for extended canoe adventures such as BWCA or long river cruises loaded with gear. This canoe tracks well and is fast due to the sleek lines and maximum 33" width at the waterline. The bow and stern have a unique flare in the hull that helps the canoe ride waves rather than simply crash into them.
The Hoefgen Sport is made with hand-layers woven fiberglass cloth with a glossy rich gel coat exterior. The low profile makes it less susceptible to wind.
I give the rating an overall 9 instead of a ten because the Hoefgen takes a wide turn probably due to its long narrow shape. Also, weighing in at 62 lbs makes it heavier than many of today's lighter weight canoes.