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Just picked up this boat this morning after coming across it on Craigslist. Paid: $600 with 2 Grey Owl and one Bending Branches paddles. It;s got the usual dings and scratches but for the most part is in very good shape. One 2-3 inch repair done with Kevlar; outside layer of Royalex cracked when the boat was dropped but the inside layer was not damaged. It's green, aluminum gunwales, webbed seats, all in good condition.
Took it out on Monksville Reservoir in New Jersey. It was extremely windy but the skies were clear. I started off paddling solo with the boat turned around, It tracked fine until I had to go against the wind. I kept it turned around and kneeled so I was a bit more forward and it tracked much better; not great. I also haven't been in a canoe in probably 10 years. So, there's that too.
When the wind died down; it was smooth paddling. The boat is stable enough for me but a little wobbly. Tracked much better when I went back to the landing to pick up my girlfriend. Very happy with the purchase.
Will be back to write another review when I try it under other circumstances. Hopefully, Pine Barrens in NJ.
What a workhorse it has been! Not great secondary stability for much whitewater, but it has suited our family fine as long as we pay attention to inherent limitations. It's been dragged over beaver dams, paddled on high mountain ponds and lakes while deer hunting and fishing, in tidal canals and coastal rivers, class 1-2 whitewater and held mountains of gear paddling solo and checking trap lines and waterfowl during most of my game warden career.
At 64 I can still hoist it overhead and enjoy paddling with grandkids and my wife. More than one of our 43 anniversary dates has included at least a few hours of relaxation in this canoe. As with any piece of equipment, take care of it and there's no reason it won't be a hand-me-down to the next generation of paddlers!
Great all-around boat, and yes, it sucks in the wind but that's about its only negative.
Excellent initial and secondary stability, and very maneuverable. Tough solo in wind with little gear or weight. Perfect for cartop at 57 lbs. I miss it a lot, stolen. I do my homework and was rewarded for it with the pathfinder. Replaced it with a Camper to fit 3 for family, but have been disappointed with tippy, flatbottom, unmaneuverable 16ft 90lb. Boat that dumps easy on low shelfs. Thinking of trading for another pathfinder. A kayak works great fir our 3rd person.
I am tired of the wicker seats after replacing them a number of times, I would like to replace them with the Old Town solid plastic seats. Has anybody done this?? I bought the Cabellas outrigger kit for it and the Old Town motor bracket and have a 2hp Honda for long trips. Also have a sail kit for it. I plan on keeping it forever!
This past summer it was my go-to canoe for a trip to some islands in Lake Superior. It is safe, secure and plenty seaworthy in an ice cold lake.
This is my favorite canoe when I don't have to cover lots of miles quickly. It is a joy to take down twisty rivers and handles nasty weather nicely. The wide flat bottom gives it great initial stability for fly fishing, photography and friends that don't canoe. Don't try to use an electric trolling motor for the same reason, the flat bottom will just get you spinning in circles.
I don't use it for Boundary Waters canoe tripping, but love it for every day use. This is a great canoe to have around the cabin for everyday use, for kids to use, bouncing down a rocky river (not serious rapids) or someone looking for a stable fishing canoe.
Unfortunately the old canoe made Oltonar (sp? - plastic predecessor to Royalex) weighs over 70 pounds, or I would use it even more. On the other hand, it still has at least another 30 years of hard use left in it without any need for repairs. No kevlar canoe could take the abuse this canoe has seen over the past 30+ years and still be floating without patches and a few major repairs.
The tough Royalex hull is durable and has never been punctured after 15 years sliding over rocks in wild rivers. I have used it in class II whitewater, but that may be the comfortable limit for this versatile craft. On big lakes, its higher profile requires skill to keep it quartered into the wind. For solo paddling it is a little wide (36 inches), but I have learned to live it by hugging one side and not switching too often.
The Pathfinder has exceptional initial stability, and moderate secondary stability, considering it's flat bottom. The 14'10" length coupled with the 820 pound load capacity make it a great solo wilderness tripper. At 57 pounds, it's not tough on the shoulders when portaging.