I was forced to carefully remove several layers of red housepaint from its exterior, but she is now the original spruce green, and looks great. The canoe is ideal for our annual Boundary Waters trip, and also our favorite (we own four canoes) for lake fishing, since the excellent primary stability allows for all the kids to be pretty mobile without dumping us. It's only weakness is (as someone else noted) in high waves. With that said, however, I would be willing to part with any of the other canoes for the right price, but not the Sawyer.
You ask how do I rate the "Sawyer"?...How do you rate an old friend..?To me, she is more than a 10.That old canoe has been part of our lives for more than 34 years,and still going strong. When I`m gone she will be passed on to my son and his son. With any luck she will last for another 34 years.
This is a wide (36") canoe, with a very flat bottom. Hence, it is very stable. I find it an excellent fishing boat for two. It has very comfortable seats, as canoe seats go, shaped somewhat like the old-fashioned tractor seats. The only problem with these seats is that they are "forward facing'" and do not allow a solo paddler to move to the front seat and reverse his position to be nearer the center of gravity.
This canoe weighs 78 pounds, which is probably about average for a boat of this length. With its large volume and flat bottom with no keel, it can travel through very shallow (3" or less) water.
Workmanship is excellent. I still use this canoe on a regular basis on rivers in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.