I purchased a Bell Magic in 2000 and was aware of their Rob Roy at about that time or a little later. I was attracted to the Rob Roy, However, I couldn't justify getting it as I had a solo canoe and some kayaks. Then Bell sold the business and the Rob Roy became unavailable. Well, Bell is back as Northstar and the Rob Roy is back (at least the 15). So I got one when they first became available and I love it like I love the Magic. My other kayaks are like Chevies to the Rob Roy as a BMW. It has great glide, tracks well, and turns when you want it to with its ample rocker at both ends. Other big points for me are the large cockpit, the decking, the comfortable seat with relatively high backrest, and the weight (or lack of it). It also looks great. It is a very sweet ride. You are getting what you pay for or more.
One of my favorite all time canoes was the Bell Rob Roy 15. Mine went with me to a myriad of places, both close and quick, and remote and long. Unfortunately back surgery and a few other ailments of "middle age" prompted me to sell mine in search of something just as nice but lighter. It was, then, with great pleasure, that David Yost showed me the prototype of North Star's new Rob Roy. I ordered the very first one on the spot.
Fast forward two months and my new canoe has arrived. I took it out today to put it through its paces. Much has stayed the same; some things have changed for the better. The original model had a foam seat and a skinny back pad that was torturous after about a half hour. I replaced it with the second generation seat, which was a great improvement. The new model has what appears to be a close relative of the seat used in some Placid Canoes. Since both are Yost designs it's not much of a stretch to figure that out. This one is really comfortable. It will hold water but that can be dealt with. The seat is a few inches higher than the original model. That doesn't make the handling squirrley as it could but lets me also use a short bent shaft paddle in addition to the double. That will be handy. The next significant change is in the deck. The front section sits a little higher and allows easier access and room for really big feet. The foot pegs are easily adjustable from the seat.
In back the deck has been trimmed to make it easier to stow packs and other gear. I had to use a tape measure to be sure but there is definitely more open space to swallow bigger stuff. A really big portage pack will fit there. Throw a smaller pack under the decks at each end and you have yourself a very capable tripper.
Also new is a small wooden deck secured between carbon formed gunwales. I'm not sure it's all that functional but it really looks nice.
Finally, there is a nylon strap across the deck. I refer to it as a Geezer Assist Strap. It makes getting in and out much easier.
Performance wise, the picture hasn't changed much. It's still a fast, sweet handling boat. It heads upwind without drama and takes quartering waves on the downhill run without weather cocking.
North Star has answered every one of my issues, however minor, with this new model. It's a definite winner.