The Navarro Loon, designed by Bob Foote, is the perfect canoe for day outings or wilderness trips. Easy to paddle on a leisurely afternoon, it can also handle an extended trip with plenty of room. Adding a center yoke seat makes it an ideal family canoe. Loons have a shallow V-hull to reduce drag compared to full-keel boats, tracking in a straighter line than rounded bottom designs. The 17' has a straight keel and straight sides.
My wife and I have been canoeing since we met in 1973, but it wasn't until 12 years ago when my wife came across and purchased a used Loon 17 that I became aware of what a longer design like this could do on the open water. Not only is it a fast canoe, it tracks straighter than any canoe I've ever paddled. Between the first owner and ourselves, it wasn't taken care of as well as it should've been over its life of 22 years, but after spending the last couple of months restoring this canoe, it's now ready to hit the water again. Thanks to Bruce and Sue at Navarro Canoe Co., we were able to make it happen again.
The only thing I don't like is the weight. It is kind of difficult for one person to transport it. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with this canoe.