Old Town Penobscot 16
Versatile and responsive, this canoe is a great all-arounder.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1600
Versatile and responsive, this canoe is a great all-arounder. Great as a short tripper, on easy to intermediate whitewater, or on flatwater.
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This canoe is a great do-everything option. It's reasonably fast and straight-tracking on flatwater. It's stable and responsive on class I and II whitewater, class III perhaps with a skilled paddler.
I've used this canoe on trips of up to 4 days and it performs great, but the load capacity is really insufficient for anything much longer. While best used as a tandem canoe, you can also paddle solo in the right conditions.
If you're solely going to do long wilderness lake country trips, look elsewhere. If you want a rough-and-tumble river canoe, there are better choices out there. But if you want an excellent general duty canoe that doesn't do anything perfectly, but does everything well, then the Penobscot is a great choice!
The 16 is, IMHO, a better boat than the 17. The latter…
Price Paid: $699
The 16 is, IMHO, a better boat than the 17. The latter is an extended version and isn't as handy. The 16 is capable of tripping on lakes and easy rivers, up to Class II. While initially tender, it has good secondary stability. It is arguably one of the fastest Royalex canoes around.
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The straight keel line and sharp bow entry make the Old Town Penobscot 16 Canoe easy to paddle. While excellent in flat water, the design and Oltonar/Royalex(R) construction makes it very much at home in fast water. Oltonar/Royalex is lightweight while offering excellent strength and toughness. Oltonar/Royalex construction gives canoe high impact- and abrasion-resistance, plus excellent structural memory and resilience. Fine tandem day-tripping boat or solo canoe for paddlers with higher skill levels. Straight-on speed, handling ease and capacity make this an all-around performance canoe. Rounded bottom provides turning responsiveness. Features new vintage-look gold-leaf graphics based on custom designs from the 1920s. Standard features include black anodized aluminum gunwales, polyethylene decks with grab handles, ash carrying yoke and thwart, and web seats.
The Penobscot 16 is named after the Native American tribe that has inhabited Old Town, Maine, since before recorded history. They are from whom Old Town gained immeasurable boat-building knowledge -- the Penobscot Canoe is an homage to their superb craftsmanship, sense of design, and navigational skills.
2NDS . Take a multi-day trip or enjoy an afternoon on the water with the family, with durable Royalex(R) construction and capacity to spare, the Old Town Penobscot 16 canoe is ready for adventure. Black anodized aluminum gunwales Polyethylene decks with grab handles for portaging Nylon web seats Ash thwart and yoke Weight capacity: Up to 1150 lb. Length: 16'2 Width: 34 Depth: 13-3_4 Bow height: 21 Weight: 58 lb. Material: Royalex(R) Made in USA. Boats are cosmetic 2NDS and may come with minor blemishes, not unlike those that will be incurred on the first outing. To ensure your satisfaction, please remove all packaging material immediately upon arrival, and inspect for damage prior to signing acceptance form from carrier. Note any damage on carrier’s document, and contact Sierra Trading Post with any problems. Delivery Charge: $125. Must ship via truck within the continental U.S. only. Cannot be applied to special shipping offers. Visit our Kayaking Gear Guide
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