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Riversedge Reviews

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I've had my Riversedge for...

I've had my Riversedge for almost 20 years and recently gave it a total refinish. It originally had wood gunwales and decking that were compromised by being stored outside uncovered by the original owner. I purchased new 16' aluminum gunwales and installed them and used 6061 aluminum for decking. It's rock solid now and the once red old soldier is now Kelly Green having used marine epoxy on the outside and farm implement paint on the inside. Mine has 2 Oak thwarts and 2 cane seats. Obviously, this isn't a trekking or whitewater unit. What it is undeniably is an amazingly stable platform for the sportsman that wants the security and maneuverability to enjoy his (or her!) pursuits. When I'm solo I can actually stand and fish - granted with care as it's not a bass boat but a canoe. When I have a buddy along, we can fish comfortably all morning, carrying plenty of gear and navigating into tight and shallow spots with ease. I know that some have concerns about "oil canning" and that has been resolved by adding fiberglass and resin in the midships and adding a mahogany rib in the inner keel pocket. This is again, a Solid Craft. I give it 5 stars as I Love it! I have one drawback, and it isn't the canoe - it's ME!!! At almost 64, loading and unloading and carrying isn't as easy as it once was. At right around 56-59# (My Guess?) it would be fine for 2 persons or a younger guy. I'm going to be sad to see it go as it's SO Classic and simply a great canoe, but I need to resign myself that I need a lighter boat to keep on the water for as long as I can.

I love my Stowe 13 foot...

I love my Stowe 13 foot Riversedge! The previous owner stored it upside down on the ground and all the wood rotted. I got it for free, and replaced the gunwales, thwarts, and seats, and repainted it. I think I spent about $100, and I have a canoe that I value at far more than that.

Other reviewers said there is one fault. There are actually two, but they are easily corrected. The flexing of the bottom is what they call "oil-canning" (for those who remember the old fashioned oil can where you pressed on the bottom to dispense a drop of oil onto the part you were trying to lubricate). This flexing is only a problem when there is not a third person or load of gear to weight down the middle of the boat. As mentioned by another reviewer, the fix is a small vertical brace between the center cross-thwart and the bottom of the boat.

The second fault is more serious. One previous owner of my canoe (I learned later) gave it up for this reason, and that is instability. The problem is that the seats are too high (mounted directly under the inwales) and also too far to the ends of the boat. Moving each seat 6 inches towards the center of the canoe, and dropping them down 2 inches (using hard to find 4 inch stainless steel screws) makes a world of difference.

They say that canoes with a shallow vee bottom, like this one, are more stable in rough water, and my experience bears that out. This little 13 foot canoe can handle windy Adirondack lakes just as well as some larger boats.

I bought a 13-foot green...

I bought a 13-foot green fiberglass/wood Riversedge at a garage sale for $100. Lightweight, easy to handle, very stable. This is one canoe I'll never part with.

I got this canoe from my...

I got this canoe from my brother. Last fall we fished all day in it. Needless to say there are a few bass no longer swimming. Love this Canoe, just re-sanded and polyurethaned it ready for the summer

A red fiberglass...

A red fiberglass riversedge with cane seats that I bought in 1984. It is enjoyable to paddle,and my wife and I had lots of good trips with it, however it buckled in the center on a trip to Harrisburg Lake the year we bought it. I wedged a small log between the thawart and the floor and thats how it's been ever since. I have three other canoes, but there is still this special thing about this one as it was our first canoe as a couple.

Beautiful red fiberglass...

Beautiful red fiberglass With oak trim & seats. The keel keeps it going straight. I've used it on Adirondack Lakes & Cape Cod Bays, even out onto the Ocean. It's a joy. The lack of ribbing causes some "flutter" which is the only drawback.