I've had mine for over 10 years, paddled on the Rio Grande, the Buffalo, and Texas lakes. One corner of the rock guard finally began delaminating (my fault for not maintaining the finish). Web and customer service offered to repair or give me instructions. Did repair myself and it is now my back-up. Upgraded to a Bending Branches Espresso, love it.
The paddle is very lightweight and exceptionally buoyant. It almost seems to "pop" out of the water at the end of a stroke. Not problematic, but the sensation felt weird on the first few strokes, now I enjoy the feeling.
It is a wonderful boat: Sleek and Sexy. It tracks truly and turns on a dime. Did I mention it is beautiful? The constant refrain from folks seeing me in my Caper is: 'That is a beautiful Canoe!' There might be faster, tougher, or more stable canoes, but there is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than my Caper cruising flat water, and that was Mike's goal!
I never let it scrape bottom, nor would I drag it over logs. This is a Porsche or Ferrari, not a Chevy. Did I mention that it is a beautiful Canoe? Well, it is!!!!
Originally made of fiberglass with Brazilian piranha pine rails, trim, and caned seats lovingly hand crafted by Mike Galt. Wet sanding the wood-work with 200-400 grit wet dry paper and Watco will revive the wood's luster, just take care around the fiberglass. This canoe was designed for day trips on flat water with the emphasis on aesthetically pleasing the paddler and onlookers rather than getting from place to place in the shortest possible time.
Count yourself blessed if you have paddled a Galt design and twice blessed if you own one!