Name: ZydecoSteve

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I have two Mohawk Solo 14's in fiberglass that I purchased to share with members of my canoe club. We use them for paddling on flatwater and on small winding rivers. Previous owners had used them for some whitewater and for fishing, but the Solo 14' is better suited for flatwater, having far less rocker than the Solo 13' and less primary stability than many beamier canoes of the fishing/sport class.

The naming of these boats "Solo" is unfortunate because it confuses the "Solo" with other solo canoes. Also the fact that Solo 14 and Solo 13 boats are so completely different, this did not help the branding of this model which was discontinued sometime around 1990.

Although unkeeled, the Solo 14 has a long keel-like line in the water that helps track on open water, but can be heeled for decent maneuverability. Some models have the seat mounted flat for sitting and others have the seat angled to assist with kneeling posture. The tumblehome reduces beam from 32" at waterline to about 28" at gunwales. The rough texture of the chop fiberglass is rough on naked knees and any kneelers will definitely require to bring pads for their knees.

That said, these boats are decent construction, not awesome, but a very affordable solo canoe good to show freestyle maneuvering strokes and other solo paddling techniques to beginners.

The Solo 14 is a dedicated solo, meaning, its length and width dictate for one paddler only. Do not attempt to modify and convert to a tandem. That would be a disaster. If you want to paddle with a friend, buy a different canoe, or a second Solo 14.