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This canoe has handled 5-7ft waves, some pretty good rapids, paddles easily on lakes, with the help of a good polish. This canoe can go many more generations with care. Not affected by UV light, seemingly unaffected by constant stresses, and gets dents and scratches rather than holes when meeting rocks. Just bought a second one so others can join the fun.
Nice thing about any canoe is the low maintenance and easy storage. Not to mention the great places it can take you. Great to explore a marsh in spring....
We had this canoe for about ten years. I sold it to neighbor a number of years ago when we were moving out of state and have regretted it every since. We used it mainly to fish out of and it worked great with one adult and one kid or two adults.
I'm thinking of trying to find a used one but don't see them very often.
Downsides - The inside of alum canoes is like a reflector oven. 2 cans of flat tan camo paint cured that. Seats are alum canoe seats. For long trips you need a backrest. Alum sticks on rocks, period. It will hang up where a plastic boat will bump over.
Nothing is a 10 but if you are looking for a tripping boat that you can bang up some and still plan on owning for a long time, you will have a hard time finding a much better, almost maintenance free, canoe that works this well.
Being aluminum, this boat will also last just about forever with no maintenance. On the downside, it is pretty tough to paddle, especially solo. It is wide and the outside gunwale makes one have to really stretch to paddle. It also really catches the wind and takes quite a bit of power to drive it. I have also used the newer model Grumman 16' (1640CS) square stern and found it a lot easier to paddle and faster when driven by the same trolling motor. I would recommend the newer model even though it is quite a bit heavier and probably has less load capacity.
It's not terribly light but easy enough for two people to carry it. It has been dragged over rocks, hit by rocks and all manner of other abuse but none of that shows. I would buy another Grumman Eagle if I had to, but this one is doing very well. My parents still own their Grumman canoes and they are more than 40 years old (the canoe's) and still in use with no problems.
I've got other, more advanced canoes, but the Grumman is the one I always hang on to. She's been the Atlantic, on the Chesapeake, and on rivers from the St. Lawrence to the backwaters of the the Everglades, and she's been able to handle it all. Not too many other boarts could say the same!