I have a 13' Stowe that originally had Oak gunwales and decking but the carpenter ants destroyed the wood and I bought aluminum gunwales and properly fitted them and fabricated aluminum decking as well. I have been trying to find out the model for some time now........Not a "Mansfield". There are no ribs and the glass looks to be a coarse heavy mat. The name STOWE was on both sides center as a maybe 5x10" decal? It's wide and stable - not a super efficient paddler but perfect as a fishing or recreation canoe. Also, it's not very deep. I'm in the process of a refinish. It'll be Kelly Green instead of red. Am I correct in assuming that I have a "Riversedge"??
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 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.