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  • 16' Length
  • 25" Width
  • 23 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 3,350 MSRP

Shadow Description

The Shadow began life as a sea kayak design and through it's development into an open boat, it has maintained a number of the better attributes of its lineage.  Sleek, narrow, predictable in wind, waves and weather, the Shadow is not only an "exercise boat," it can also carry enough gear to head into the Boundary Waters for a week or two.  Add spray decks and you have a convertible sea kayak.

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Shadow Specifications

  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Weight: 23 lbs
  • Length: 16'
  • Max Width: 25"
  • Waterline Width: 23"
  • Gunwale Width: 22"
  • Bow Depth: 17"
  • Center Depth: 11"
  • Stern Depth: 14.5"
  • Max Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Primary Material: Carbon Composite

Shadow Features

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

Recommended Usage

  • Activity Type: Recreation, Touring
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult

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Shadow Reviews

Read reviews for the Shadow by Placid Boatworks as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

At 67 yrs old I entered my...

At 67 yrs old I entered my Shadow in the Rumble on the Cumberland, Clarksville, TN on 07-11-15. The Shadow is just fast fast fast. I won my division. The race was a 5 mile sprint, I was the first across the finish line at 47.5 Minutes = 6.3 mph. You want to win races, the shadow is your boat, carbon/kevlar 22/24 lbs, full 16 ft waterline.

The Shadow has spoiled me...

The Shadow has spoiled me for other watercraft. I still use my (quite nice) sea kayak for open water, but it feels heavy and clumsy after the Shadow. I am not a racer and 60+, but can cover 15-20 miles in a relaxing day. For me the Shadow is a passport to beautiful days on the river. Coming from a 21.5 inch wide sea kayak, the Shadow feels rock stable. This is not an inexpensive canoe, but it makes a fussy man break out into a smile.

I concur with riverdave. ...

I concur with riverdave. the boat is very fast. I have been training for my first race in 7 years. I will be entering the over 60 solo canoe in this upcoming race. I have been averaging 4.88 mph per 12 miles with just a steady stroke. Haven't put myself in race pace yet. that will come. I am sure a young spring chicken could push this boat at a 6 to 7 mph rate. I experienced a little weather cocking with the wind off my stearn quarters but that was easily corrected. Love the boat, worth every dime I paid for it.

Last week I picked up my...

Last week I picked up my long awaited Shadow from Joe Moore at Placid Boatworks. I've been a lifetime paddler with experience in paddlecraft ranging from surf ski racing to freestyle canoeing and can confidently express that the Shadow (designed by the legendary David Yost) is the finest boat I've ever set my butt in.

At 26 lbs. it is feather light. The construction is artistic and impeccable. It's first outing was a 3 day 45 mile paddle and portage trip through the Adirondack region. Facing strong winds and moderate waves the Shadow holds a course confidently in all directions with weathercocking close to non existent. The boat is ridiculously fast, has remarkable and predictable secondary stability, and when leaned over turns on a dime. While promoted as a pack canoe (intended for double paddle) the boat paddles effortlessly with a single stick.

Dealing with Joe Moore is a joy and while the Shadow is rather pricey, it is unquestionably worth every penny!