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Just purchased a new Sportspal S-14. I love the way it…

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Just purchased a new Sportspal S-14. I love the way it glides along, perfect for me, a guy who wants peace, quiet and serenity when he paddles, not looking to go anywhere fast.

My only issue with it is the way the thwarts are spaced. Neither one is near the natural center of balance and can not be reached when trying to lift it onto my Jeep. I'm hoping to find a remedy for this, maybe a clamp-on yoke or something.
Otherwise, it's going to be a great canoe and a purchase well worth it.

Just took out our newly purchased 14 foot Sportspal and love it…

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Just took out our newly purchased 14 foot Sportspal and love it. We have teenage grandkids and they hopped into the lake to swim and can climb back in with no problem. This canoe is so stable and glides along with little effort. My wife and I are in our 60s and can load and unload on the roof rack of our Jeep Liberty easily. This 14 foot is only 55 lbs so I have loaded it by myself. I have the Thule Canoe Portage Carrier mounts on the cross bars so they take some shifting around easier with two people. Love this canoe! there are youtube videos you can check out. I am so glad I made this choice.

This ships by tractor trailer and is packaged very well enclosed completely in a box. Some carriers wanted to make you come to their terminal to pick up but I ordered mine from Molner Outdoor and they ship to your home. It comes with a statement of origin to get it registered if your state requires it.

I have a new square stern Sportspal, 14'. It is a…

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I have a new square stern Sportspal, 14'. It is a fine, stable canoe, but I found it impossible to steer my 2.5 hp Suzuki comfortably with the rear seat so far back; just too much weight so far back, causing the prow to ride too high in the water. So, I removed the rear thwart by drilling out the rivets. Then, I fabricated an 8" wide bench seat (from channel aluminum), which attaches under the gunnels and also serves as a thwart. I mounted a swivel and a fold down boat seat on this bench seat and found a high quality throttle extender online (the adjustable one with the knuckle joint, otherwise a long extender can be awkward to use). This makes the canoe a pleasure to use with the motor or an extra long kayak paddle. The oars and oarlocks that came with the canoe were not very useful. A nice design feature for the Sportspal or other aluminum canoe would be to have movable thwarts.