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  • 16' Length
  • 33" Width
  • 40 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 2,845 MSRP

Cygnus 16 Description

The Cygnus is Nighthawk's best model for smaller paddlers. At 16 feet, the versatile Cygnus is small, light and maneuverable, while maintaining good glide. Cygnus is surprisingly fast for a smaller canoe. Cygnus can be configured with two or three seats (center seat for solo paddling or a small passenger traveling with two adults). The standard 2-seat Cygnus can also be solo paddled from the front seat facing backwards. Choose the Cygnus if you want the lightest possible canoe, or you primarily use your canoe for day trips / lighter loads, or mixed solo-tandem use.  

NOTE: Kevlar/aramid layup pictured, carbon fiber is also available.

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Cygnus 16 Specifications

  • Seating Configuration: Tandem
  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Length: 16'
  • Max Width: 33"
  • Bow Depth: 18"
  • Center Depth: 14"
  • Max Capacity: 550 lbs
  • Primary Material: Kevlar/aramid Composite

Cygnus 16 Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Hull Shape: Shallow Arch
  • Side Shape: Tumblehome
  • Bow Rocker: 1.25

Additional Attributes

  • Symmetrical hull shape

Recommended Usage

  • Activity Type: Recreation, Touring
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Duration: Day Trip, 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult

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Cygnus 16 Reviews

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We purchased a Cygnus 16...

We purchased a Cygnus 16 from Benjamin at Nighthawk Canoes about two weeks ago. We have had it out on the water for the last two weekends and my wife and I both love this canoe already. We are very impressed with it's light weight, making it easy to load on the car, store it in the garage, or to carry it the city block to our launch point on Lake Monona. It will also make our portages in the Boundary Waters next summer much more enjoyable than our old 68 pound canoe.

Once we put it into the water, we are also very impressed with it's performance. It is a surprisingly fast canoe that handles very nicely. My wife was also happy to note how easily it glides through the water without a load (it only draws around 3-4" with the two of us) and its ability to ride over wakes or decent sized swells. Besides being stable (I suspect it will be more stable with a load) it is also very responsive because of its size and design.

We both look forward to taking the Cygnus 16 out for numerous river and lake trips in Wisconsin and the Boundary Waters next summer.
This canoe is a joy to paddle!