I love my new boat. I paddled an Old Town Pathfinder Royalex canoe for years, but had to retire it finally. I used it primarily for day trips fishing and nature watching, and only took it on a few over night trips, but my Prospector should do well as a replacement.
I’m enjoying the prospect of using it on tougher water, but mostly, I’m ferrying around family members on short excursions up tributary creeks and around small lakes nearby.
I’m glad I won’t need to portage much because It does weigh more than I’d like.
I feel that it rides smoother through the choppy waves and more efficiently than my flat bottomed pathfinder, and feels more rigid.
I’ve run through some shallow rocky creek areas and daily use for the past week has already given the outer skin some character.
Paddling empty and solo, (I’m about 225 lbs) the rocker is more noticeable than in the Pathfinder and will be countered with buckets or coolers if I should do solo trips.
The color of the inside surface is light much cooler than in my previous boat (a real boon for paddling in Texas).
Time will tell on whether it will hold up to my bad habits as long as the Royalex, but I’m optimistic.