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Bell has stopped making the Northwind, but it is a…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars

Summary

Bell has stopped making the Northwind, but it is a very satisfying boat to paddle and a good compromise between tracking and turning ability. It is light enough to portage in Royalex but able to handle both rocky rivers and the flats equally well.

Pros

  • Good speed
  • Manueverability
  • Nice finish

Cons

  • Lack of large load carrying ability

The Norhtwind is a capable boat that can handle a variety of paddling situations. The Royalex version is 16 1/2 feet with good secondary stablility and decent glide. It handles large lake waves and rapids pretty well, but not as well as the big trippers.  It can handle a 5 day paddle with 2 people and their gear. 

The Northwind is similar to a Mad River Explorer, a boat that does everything well.  If you only have one canoe, this is a great choice.

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