My first trip to the river was in a rented canoe on the Mulberry river in NW Arkansas. The river was at flood stage! During the trip I saw many canoes wrapped around trees, floating down river without any occupants, and others wedged under low water bridges. We were able to navigate from put in to take out only once did we roll. That was 38 years ago and I have never lost my love for canoeing. However, ten years ago I purchased an Old Town Loon and switched to Kayaking. I've had several in the last ten years and enjoyed it, but something was missing. I didn't realize how much I had missed the feel of a canoe and the paddle in the water.
I decided to trade in my Synergy Kayak for a Saranac. I use it on the Buffalo River for 3-5 day trips on the river. I am very happy with how it handles, the load capacity, and stability this great canoe offers. I will never get rid of it and the way it is designed and built, it may outlive me!