Great boat - responsive, predictable, stable. It does deviate significantly from…
Great boat - responsive, predictable, stable. It does deviate significantly from the original design, however. This canoe is less well suited to whitewater. While still a versatile desing, this prospector has been "civilized" and is less tippy, effected by winds, and has less capacity than the original. I love this one for soloing, for trips on relatively tame water, and day tripping. Really good workmanship.
It's a bonny boat . . . but it's not a prospector.
Very pretty well made canoe with less rocker than the traditional prospector…
Very pretty well made canoe with less rocker than the traditional prospector so tracking and speed are enhanced. Kevlar epoxy layup is very durable. The sculpted kneeling thwart allows for efficient solo paddling. This model is now being made by Scott Canoe so all parts, fittings are available through them.
I have now used this canoe for an entire summer, which included…
I have now used this canoe for an entire summer, which included 2 boundary water trips and one trip to the Slyvania wilderness in the Michigan UP. So, it had about 18 days on the water. It performed very well. I was surprised at how well it tracked. When you point t his canoe in a direction it goes that way. It was easy to paddle with a load, and even with about 200 lbs of gear, we still had sufficient freeboard. The canoe handled the waves and chops we encountered, up to about 1.5', and did well in current. We did not attempt white water in the canoe although I think it could handle class II with relative ease. This is a pretty canoe with fine lines. It has a 14 inch depth which makes it a good tripper canoe and weighing only 50 lbs it shines on portages. The canoe is very well made. Rockford Outfitters were willing to put painter holes in the hull for me for free (although I did have to ask for these). I highly recommend this canoe as a tripper for one week to 10 day trips, with moderate white water. Handles well and is very well built. My 2 cents worth.