I recently purchased a Keewadin 16 in carbon fusion, with the carbon tech package. Will the entire boat composite, it makes for an extremely light tandem canoe.
The boat performs flawlessly on the water. I have absolutely zero complaints. The real joy is when it comes to the portage. At only 34 pounds it is a piece a cake to pick up and carry solo.
The carbon hull has proved to be extremely rigid. There is absolutely zero oil canning as there has been with some of my other royalex canoes.
If m vendor would have had a Keewaydin combi in stock, I might’ve gone that route. My only misgiving with the Keewaydin is that it is not really a solo boat. Since I don’t have a kneeling thwart, it’s really best paddled by two people. For short distances, I can kneel midship and manage the boat.
The craftsmanship and attention to detail is the best among any of the four brands of her Canoes that I own.
I love this canoe. I went to Rutabaga Paddlesports to get help selecting the perfect boat. They nailed it. They suggested the Combi after I gave them my wishlist (2up or solo, lightweight, mostly inland lake paddling, capable of a 1 week trip for 2). I bought mine in the Carbon Fusion Innegra layup. It’s about 34 lbs. This boat is great in and out of the water. I also fish from this canoe regularly. It does everything well. It is stable, fast, and turns very predicably. I spent some serious money on this boat and have no regrets. It is worth every penny.
The Keewaydin has exceeded expectations especially as a solo machine. If you're comfortable enough with a kneeling thwart, you can achieve an almost perfect athletic stance for power through chop. The hull shape allows for ergonomic stroke entry and exit - think that is called tumble home. The low freeboard cuts down on wind effect yet this is the most seaworthy canoe that I've paddled on larger water.
This is a nice stiff boat so you're not wasting energy on any oil canning or hull rattling. The glide is impressive. You can maintain inertia against chop that would defeat many other canoes. In the solo position the Keewaydin cuts waves like a hot knife through butter. Kneeling thwarts aren't for everybody so make sure to try before you buy. So I guess the old saying that form follows function holds true for this canoe.
The guys at Swift have done a fantastic job with this machine
I wanted something that was a good all around ship for lakes and streams... a tripping canoe. It is light enough to be easily carried around rough stuff. Tested it in wind and waves and had good stability and very good speed. Stability is good as well - it feels a bit twitchy at rest but it lets you know what it is doing.
I believe this boat is a little beyond my skill level which is good because the better I get with it, the more it rewards me. It is forgiving enough though that I don't end up in a rock or in the water if I make a mistake. It is however very sensitive to weight ballast. It does not track well in wind and waves if that is off - the adjustable front seat makes this a breeze to adjust for though... the boat requires a lot of communication with the bowman and likes to be steered from the bow.
I can't speak for it's solo prowess and don't plan on using it solo. For tandem it is great and pushes both paddlers to work together. A really fun canoe - comfortable as well. A great all around performer!
I bought the Keewaydin 16 for flatwater canoeing both as tandem and solo usage tandem canoeing being more frequent usage. Keewaydin 16 fulfills these criteria wonderfully. It is fast flatwater canoe having enough primary stability. It turns enough well especially if you tilt canoe gently to outer side of curve.
This canoe does not catch windage very much. Bow is quite high but in center and stern positions side are quite low. The Keewaydin 16 is fast canoe. In stiff head winds it is capable to maintain approximately 6 km/h speed. In other wind direction speed is 6.5 - 8.0 km/h and you can maintain this speed whole day. In calm speed is 7 - 7.5 km/h.
As I said this canoe has low windage but also this canoe does not lose its speed when it hits to wave. This canoe can somehow handle waves very gently.
I have not paddled Mad River Malecite or Bell Northstar but I guess this canoe is one of the very best choices for flatwater canoeing both as tandem and solo. I have tried Wenonah Solo Plus, Wenonah Escapade and Swift Kipawa and I liked more Keewaydin 16. Both Wenonah are bit faster but j-stroke cannot be used. Sitting positions in Wenonah are very low and footbrace should be used in those Wenonahs.
The Kipawa was fast but not as fast as Keewaydin 16. Kipawa turns very quickly but on the other hand Kipawa has very low initial stability. So Keewaydin 16 had features that I wanted from my second canoe.