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.
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!