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Otter 16 Reviews

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  • 16' Length
  • 36" Width
  • $2,650 MSRP

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(6 Consumer Reviews)

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Bought a 3 yr. old Navarro...

Bought a 3 yr. old Navarro Otter 16 in 1994 for $600. Refinished the gunwales & thwarts with marine varnish same year. Canoe still looks like new, fiberglass is 100% perfect; always stored in garage.

We purchased this canoe...

We purchased this canoe from some neighbors who had used it for several years. It was still absolutely gorgeous! Won me over and I am hardly the outdoorsy type! It is so easy to maneuver and easily carried by two people. It easily fit 3 adults and one child as well as our respective gear for a nice day outing on the waterway. We have also brought it out on the intracoastal and never felt like any of the bigger boats wakes were going to push us over, very stable. It still looks brand new even after two owners and lots of adventure.

Ever buy a product that...

Ever buy a product that meets or exceeds every already high expectation? To me, Navarro's Otter rates tops because is achieves in spades what is important specifically to our wishes: 1-Looks 2-Performance on a slow moving river 3-Ease of maintenance.

Details? The "looks" part was a no-brainer; there wasn't even a runner up when we bought ours quite a while ago. Performance on our piedmont Virginia James River is good all around--speed, stability, capacity and tracking (if rocks are an issue for you, the glass model would quickly show scratches, tho).

The big surprise was maintenance. After multi-year, outdoor storage, covered with an old tarp, all it takes to renew it's head-turning appearance is a quick hosing off. Why the oiled wood parts never have discolored or rotted is beyond me and a wonderfully welcome surprise. Same with the woven seats. We have spent exactly no more time than a quick rinse every few years and absolutely zero dollars to own a like-new craft for almost 20 years so far. And, I expect to pass my Otter down to my grandchildren... but not before we're finished with it.

Bottom Line: expectations exceeded!

We have enjoyed our Otter...

We have enjoyed our Otter for 20yrs at Donner Lake. Never capsized! We have added seat backs now that we're getting older. It is ready for a new paint job, however.

Feeling the need for a...

Feeling the need for a pretty boat, I bought this when Navarro was still in Southern Oregon. Picked it up at the factory while on vacation and it probably is one of the last original Navarros built by Vernon Pew.

At 16-foot long and 36-inches wide this boat appears to be bigger than it really is due to the seats being as far forward and as far back as possible.

Even though I bought it for its beauty and can rarely use it due to my local waters being rocky and fiberglass unfriendly, each time I take it out I am amazed by it's speed. Absolutely the fastest canoe I've ever paddled which makes me wonder how fast Navarro's other boats go as this is supposed to be their pedestrian cabin boat?

This is my first canoe and...

This is my first canoe and I was really lucky. On the Russian River with one or two of my daughters, we've flown, nicely engaging with this gentle river, smoothly taking the twists and turns, getting lots of admiring smiles and comments for our cool red boat. When I paddle alone, strong winds can make this flat bottomed canoe harder to control, requiring concentration and determination. I'd like to add a sleeker solo boat to our collection, one that would be easier for a 5-foot, 55 year old woman to load on the cartop.