My partner and I have been very happy with the 3 canoes Stu at Silvercreek has built for us over 20 years. Mainly we've used them on 2 to 3 week trips in Algonquin Park and on the French River but also paddled Kingston to Ottawa on the Rideau Waterway and the Bowron Lakes. The boats are light and strong; 2 were Kevlar and 1 is carbon fibre. I'm not very knowledgeable about boat design and terminology; I appreciate that Stu helped us to select the designs that best met our needs over the years. The keeled ones were good for family tripping and worked great in big waves on larger lakes. The non-keeled one (Tripper) is very responsive and turns easily in winding marshes and class 1 water. Very fun to paddle! I think the prices have been good and service has also been good when little things needed fixing from wear and tear over the years.
Modern sophisticated resin transfer construction, quality materials and quality tripping design. In my opinion much better performing than the Swift Kipaway as a general purpose backcountry canoe. Reminds me of Jensen and Wenonah canoes that I've owned in the past, but, a bit more thought out. Asymmetrical design with plenty of flair forward to shed heavy water, deeper bow too. Stern is also flared. I've used my 16.5 Tripper for two seasons and I am very pleased with the purchase. In fact I think the price is a bargain in terms of a well designed and built modern canoe.