Submitted by: Anonymous on 11/9/2012
How's it paddle? Primary stability is average. A new paddler should be very cautious. After seated the secondary is fine. This canoe demands the paddler to exercise good technique. Once under way the canoe is solid. Although it has a tippy feel - it is a reliable canoe that can be maneuvered quickly around obstacles. The boat flies. It is very fast. Kevlar canoes remind me of a leaf floating on the surface. They are light weight and sit high giving the sensation of instability... The boat, however, is very stable. Its a matter of familiarizing ones self with the canoe and then driving it.
The Attikamek turns on a dime and gives change. Loaded with gear - it is a great, quality, stable traveler. The reduced rocker front and back make this boat easier to control than the Champlain. It is not as sensitive to wind either but, wind will have its way with this kevlar boat. Its all about paddling skills.
The two places extreme caution needs applied is entering and exiting the craft. This is not a canoe to stand and pole in. It requires low center of gravity. There are canoes that exhibit greater primary and secondary stability. Stability is a subjective issue. I have no trouble with it. The boat is well made. I put it in the water and I drive it and have fun. Rather than pick a canoe apart on technical this or that - I accept it for what it is and go enjoy it.
The Attikamek is a fine canoe. I'm satisfied with its performance and I enjoy it thoroughly.