Mad River Adventure 14
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $300
Stable, comfortable, durable, but heavy canoe.
- Comfortable backrests
I bought this canoe on craigslist. It's my first canoe and I bought it so the dog, girlfriend, and I could do some paddling trips. It has served that purpose well, and is great for fly fishing on ponds, as it is stable enough for me to stand up and cast around (little shakey at first). It also handles my dog's excitement over nearby ducks without a flinch.
The back rests are comfortable and fold flat and secure for transport.
The boat carries weight very well and paddles easily.
Cup holders are a nice feature, gotta have a few microbrews on a canoe trip. Fast and light no longer applies :)
The material and hull design are very much like a plastic tandem kayak, this thing is very durable and surprisingly efficient in the water.
The canoe is a little heavy, which makes loading it a little difficult. I don't have a hard time loading it myself but there's no way my 5'0" girlfriend could get this thing on my truck's rack alone (she loads kayaks alone all the time).
For what I payed for it ($300 hardly used), I am very happy with this canoe.
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Asymmetrical HullShallow Arch HullSlightly Rockered Standard OutfittingMolded seatsCenter seat6 cupholders3 gear traysPadded seatsAdjustable padded backrests2 mesh pocketsPadded carry handles SpecificationsWeight: 75 lbs / 34 kgCapacity: 875 lbs / 397 kgLength: 14' / 427 cmWidth (Gunwale): 33 / 84 cmWidth (4 Waterline): 34 / 86 cmWidth (Maximum): 37 / 94 cmDepth (Center): 14.5 / 37 cmDepth (Bow): 21 / 53 cmDepth (Stern): 18 / 46 cmRocker (Bow): 1 / 3 cmRocker (Stern): 0.5 / 1 cm
- River Sports Outfitters
Mad River(R) Adventure 14 provides stable paddling performance for both the entry-level paddler and those looking for a reliable family canoe. Design is well-suited to a casual family paddle trip around the lake, early morning fishing or even an overnight trip. Multi-chine hull design delivers stability, rigidity and excellent tracking; shorter hull length means easier handling and transport. Extended decks offer protection from sun and spray while a rolled gunwale provides extra rigidity. Adjustable comfort seating system on bow and stearn seats use contoured EVA foam for increased comfort and grip. Center bench seat adds seating for a third paddler. Rotomolded from the same durable material as Wilderness Systems kayaks, Gen2(TM) high-density polyethylene. Gen2 high-density polyethylene construction offers performance, rugged durability and affordability. Design features generous tumblehome which allows canoe to be paddled easily with standard canoe paddles or longer kayak paddles (230cm +). Multiple beverage holders and storage trays are included for paddler comfort.