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I owned three of these over…

Submitted by: paddler1579136 on 6/30/2021

I owned three of these over the decades and have regretted selling any of them. They are superior for 3&4 rivers and stay way more stable in big water than you expect.
Running the Chattoga, Nantahalia, Ocoee, Pidgeon, Tuckasegee, Gauley and James in my XL13s let’s me say “it’s the right open boat” for a wide variety of water.

Now, it’s not sleek, quick or nimble by modern standards. It IS an outstanding and durable boat that no one I’ve ever met dislikes. One of mine survived a full broach on the Chattoga and still runs the N.C. Rivers to this day through a camp in the Asheville area. Super tough boats!


The Mohawk XL 13 in Royalex…

Submitted by: canoes313 on 7/2/2014
The Mohawk XL 13 in Royalex is a great warhorse. I've owned mine for 18 years, and it's still in good shape! The only thing I have replaced is the air bags. It is a stable whitewater canoe when you compare it to other whitewater canoes. I bought mine directly from the Mohawk factory completely outfitted. All I had to do was put air in the air bags and I was ready to paddle.

I have paddled it down class III(IV) water many times, and I've not been gentle with it! I do own other whitewater canoes that have more rocker and are more agile in tighter, technical water, but I still love this old tank.

I've gone river camping on class I-II water many times, and the 13'3" size is big enough for me to bring all the gear I need, by letting out some air in the airbags and packing my gear underneath them. Most of my paddling buddies are kayakers, but canoeing is a different kind of a experience, and my Mohawk XL13 fits the bill. My kayak friends always ask if I can carry gear for them down the river, and I'm happy to oblige with the extra space.

More advanced whitewater canoeists will want something shorter, lighter, and edgier. If you are just beginning, and want something stable, it's a good boat that you may never want to give up. The many scratches and scars I've given it over the years just add to it's character. It still paddles great.


I've owned my XL13 for about…

Submitted by: canoes313 on 5/30/2006
I've owned my XL13 for about 10 years. I've put it to the test over the years, mostly running class II/III but some class IV. My reason for the high rating begins with it's durability. The original saddle system is still in good shape. I've replaced one air bag, only because I left it fully inflated in the heat.

I learned how to paddle whitewater with this boat, so it has seen it's share of rocks and abuse, but the hull is still solid and the canoe performs reliably. It's a solid river runner, and it will side and front surf on "Jaws" (Nolichucky) quite easily... it was never designed to be a rodeo playboat, so I don't deduct points here.

I've had my share of fun with it, and the factory direct price I paid plus shipping made it the best value (I shopped and compared EVERYWHERE!) and a great choice for any beginning to intermediate paddler.

The advantage of it's 13'3" length is that if you want to do some overnight tripping, you've still got space for your gear under the air bags (when you let some air out.)

I own several boats, but would be hard pressed to let this old faithful go.


This is a BIG boat for 13'.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/5/2005
This is a BIG boat for 13'. And heavy. It is quite stable & tracks reasonably for a rockered boat. Probably a great beginner whitewater boat for a larger paddler, but is simply too big & wide for my petite frame.

This was the whitewater boat…

Submitted by: paddler231245 on 8/10/2005
This was the whitewater boat I learned on. It is stable but easy to turn. It can do what you ask of it. This is a wet boat and has very poor hull speed, but a comfortable ride in big water. If you want a play boat keep looking but if you need a solid river runner it's not a bad boat.