The Leo 17 is the ideal 2-person touring canoe. This is Nighthawk's most popular model, offering light weight, stability, and speed. It has enough capacity to take two adults and lots of gear across the water. Choose this canoe for a tandem design that works great for both light recreational paddling and for serious tripping. Can be configured with two or three seats and a removable yoke, for an extra paddler, or for occasional solo paddling. Product image is in aramid layup. Also available in carbon fiber layup (black boat in gallery photos).
NOTE: Kevlar/aramid layup pictured, carbon fiber is also available.
The second time I paddled this canoe the conditions were much more favorable. There were two of us (both adults) and I paddled from the stern. For a tripping canoe that is made to handle heavy loads, I was surprised with the stability when empty. These are beautifully made, light weight and durable canoes. I have paddled many different light weight flat water canoes and the Nighthawk Leo 17 is equal to or better than any of the top manufacturers.
I purchased the Leo model 17 foot basic black canoe. (a beauty in and out of the water) After my last boundary waters trip, and a wrenched back, I decided never to carry a heavy canoe again. At the end of June I'll head back up with the Kevlar canoe and take some longer portages. (The first is a 380 rod portage) In early July I will let you know about my boundary waters experience, and how the canoe handled in different lakes, winds, and waves.