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Sportspal - Meyers Boat Company
Sportspal S-13 Reviews
Sportspal 13S I was first introduced to Meyers Sportspal's in the mid 70's…
I was first introduced to Meyers Sportspal's in the mid 70's and fell in love with them with the first use and knew I would buy one. I have owned a Sportspal 13' square stern for 30 years. It is an outstanding canoe for duck hunting and fishing. I have attached an electric trolling motor on it for use in lakes and rivers. It is extremely stable and quiet. The foam lining cuts down noise from things moving around on the bottom. I can stand and cast in calm water. It is very roomy for my dog and a dozen decoys. The foam sponsons and liner make it highly buoyant. I have filled it with water and sat in it with my golden retriever and was barely submerged (a couple of inches under). It handles well either paddling or rowing. My boys enjoyed using it. The hull is aluminum and is under 70 pounds and I am able to load it on my car top carrier by myself. I did buy an optional front bench seat which makes it more comfortable for two paddlers vs the standard foam block seat. Very durable.
I own a Meyers Sportspal Sq…
At about 60 pounds I am able to maneuver the canoe by myself when loading and unloading it on my truck.
Where do I start. Sometimes…
I looked at this canoe for fishing for years and finally bought the canoe in Feb. 2014... I have a fishing kayak but I just want the room and freedom this canoe gives. Getting older and wanting to camp helps with making this decision. Now the canoe is bigger in person then expected and build beautiful. It has plenty of room for whatever you want to do with it and handles solid but like the family sedan. Meaning the younger ones will borrow the kayak over the canoe.
At 57 lbs it's lighter then most of the so called fishing kayaks and can be handle quite easily. I hope you research this canoe more and you will fine its a great all around canoe.
I have owned a Meyers…
The boat is wide and allows for my wife and two kids to ride comfortably along with a drink cooler, lunch basket, fishing gear and their wet bags. Many people say that the Sportspal is untippable. All I can say is that I have never had a spill in almost 10 years of usage.
I highly recommend a square stern model if you ever want to use a gas or electric motor. I have never used a motor but it would be simple to add one to the square stern if I ever made that decision. I enjoy paddling and rowing. The built-in oar sockets are very nice for rowing. By rowing, I can gain much higher speed than by simply paddling. My initial idea was to add a motor to alloy me to travel up stream for drift fishing but I found that rowing allows me to develop the power I need to go upstream against the current in moderate rivers and streams. I can't say enough good about this beautiful and solidly built canoe.