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Like many, I learned to canoe (and earned the merit badge) at Boy Scout camp in this 17 foot Grumman wonder boat. My current boat is a 30 pound skin-on-frame delight, but I would add any of the Grumman aluminum boats to my tiny fleet, especially the 1750CKS, if I can find a nice used boat at a good price. Yes, it will never match the handling of my current boat, but that doesn't matter. Aluminum boats are dead tough, easy to maintain, and will out last any current 'plastic' boat. It is a classic, but be aware of it's limitations, and you won't be disappointed.
I had got big into racing in a local event every year. (Jack Barker Memorial canoe race) I had recently bought a Mad River Synergy 14 to race with. However I wanted a canoe to play around in. For the first couple years I only had the canoe out a couple of times.
This thing rides nice in the water. It has a smooth glide, and a great secondary stability. It will feel a little tippy at first, but once you get used to the secondary stability you will find this the be a very comfortable ride. I've had this canoe in the shallows a number of times. I does well until you snag a rock. Aluminum canoes grab rocks like velcro. No bump and scrape to it, they just stick.
After 5 years of racing in the one man division and placing second once and third twice, I found the competition to be getting to fast for my Synergy. I was being put up against kevlar racing boats. It was getting frustrating to paddle twice as hard and barely be able to stay up with the people finishing before me. My friend who had been at every race, but never participated voiced an interest in taking part. I saw my chance to finally get a first place plaque from the race! I asked my friend to join me and put my Grumman in the race to race in the standard class. We now have raced 4 consecutive years together. We have taken two first place and two second place plaques. We are the only team to continually show up, so we are looked at as the team to beat every year. We work hard, but it also has a lot to do with having such a quality canoe to race in.
It is not light, so take off is slower than some. However once it is coasting it glides very well. It is a real smooth ride.
If you want a canoe that will last your family generations I would recommend a Grumman Aluminum Canoe without hesitation!
So stable the dog can jump out and be lifted back in without tipping. When unweighted it sits high and can really grab the wind.
Durable. Beautiful. Practical.
I highly recommend this boat, Grumman is a fantastic aluminum canoe, IF you can ever find the light weight racing model, CALL ME!
It is a far more capable canoe than a Coleman. It really does paddle pretty well and is quite stable, probably a little too much. My biggest complaint is that it is cold and noisy. The seats are too low for comfortable kneeling, and it is not as easy to modify them as in my Old Town Appalachian or Navarro canoe.
The most amazing thing about this canoe is the sail rig. I have the sliding gunter rig which is 75 sq.ft. That is a lot of sail on a canoe. It is the same sail area as a Laser, although it is a lot lower aspect rig. In a good wind, it will plane, and it is very exciting to sail, sitting on the gunnel, with your feet under a thwart, hiked out to weather like a Laser sailor. While it is not quite as fast as a Laser, it is no slouch, and it great fun to sail. The sail rig was well thought out and very functional. It is not very sophisticated, but everything on it works well. As a point of comparison, it is a far better sail boat than a Klepper Arius with a main and jib rig.
Excellent flat water tracking, large capacity. I've gone on several week-long trips with this canoe and it handles well loaded with all our gear, including a large cooler full of beer and food. The only knock is that it's not that great to fish out of since turning around in the boat is tough, and the lack of a portage thwart.
Overall, sensational boat that I plan to have the rest of my life