Bell Canoe Northwind

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

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars


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.


  • Good speed
  • Manueverability
  • Nice finish


  • 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.

Retailers' Descriptions

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Premium materials, a thoughful design and subtle nuances make the Bell Northwind Royalex® canoe an ideal companion for many trips to come. With a length of 16 ft. 6 in. and weight capacity of 1,100 lbs., the Northwind Royalex provides plenty of storage for adventures up to a week long. White ash yoke adds visual appeal, and cane seats and vinyl gunwales emphasize durability. Royalex multilayer composite is the premier choice when looking for a canoe with structural memory and abrasion resistance. Exterior layers of vinyl sandwich interior layers of ABS plastic and undergo heating and molding, producing a superior-quality watercraft material. Extremely stable and easy to paddle, the constant-radius, shallow-arch hull resists tipping especially when in motion. Northwind turns easily thanks to a rockered bow and a relatively straight stern; less rocker in the stern also contributes to straight tracking. Shouldered flare design decreases the width of the boat at the gunwales, eases entry into the canoe, reduces wind resistance and keeps the paddlers dry.


Bell Canoe Northwind

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The Bell Canoe Northwind is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen May 23, 2010 at REI.

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