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I bought Mike Casey's boat.…
I bought Mike Casey's boat. We tossed it into an ice-free piece of salt water here in Halifax and off I went for a test paddle. I was a bit wobbly but very stable at the same time. I feel it would go over in a heartbeat if you hung way out there and falied to brace on a hard leaned turned. I am six feet tall and my legs fit underneath the seat without too much trouble. It points like a dream yet will turn when urged. The boat has nice lines and is well made. I'm not overly keen on the colour but I can't see the outside while sitting inside so that's no biggie. I can't wait to protage a boat that weighs less than my pack. That will be totally worth the price. I'm very happy with my purchase.
When I say freestyle I mean…
When I say freestyle I mean exhibition freestyle. The boat responds to well to freestyle strokes in fact it carves turns on a river with current more precisly than any other boat that Ive paddled. It is a little tippy when leaned but I enjoy the lively feeling.
I very light boat, nice to…
I very light boat, nice to look at. Points very well in a strong wind from the bow. Feels tippy, but in the hands of an experienced paddler, no problem. I have used it in moderate ocean chop and it handles very well. For solo work, it tracks very well.
The only way too describe…
The only way too describe this boat is smooth. I think the boat is decievingly fast. I taken my 24lb dog with me and it handled the extra weight just fine. She does not turn as easily as the Independence or Slipper. But is a very predictable ride. With its low sides I dont think it would be good in choppy water although it would be stable enough. Also due too the low sides a taller person might not be able to get there legs under the seat in the kneeling position. I'm 5'5" and she fits me like a glove and Mad River does a suberb job of putting their boats together. A great touring canoe but turns a bit slow for freestyle.