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Hemlock Eagle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you are looking for a quality tandem canoe with moderate rocker and light weight, the Eagle might just be for you. One advantage is the narrow gunnel width at the bow paddling station which is good for smaller paddlers. Background Dave Curtis has been building canoes for almost four decades. His first design was a solo boat. He wanted a solo tripping canoe that could stay with tandems on remote river and lake trips. His first designs were drawn by legendary paddler Harold Deal. They pioneered… Full review

Old Town Penebscot 17 RX

rated 5 of 5 stars I use it mainly for fishing with my kids and we have a blast. I love being on the water with this canoe. One of my favorite possessions of all time. This is a great family canoe and also expedition canoe. My kids love it. It is very durable, attractive and also light enough to carry and load solo. With two paddlers it is a rocket. It will fit a lot of gear as well. I get lots of positive comments at the local reservoir. Full review

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 4 of 5 stars Great for beginning as well as experienced paddlers. Does well on lakes and rivers. Large enough to hold plenty of gear. We got this canoe mainly for lake usage and it is great. Very stable for me and my kids, never feels like it might tip over, even if someone goes for a swim then climbs back in the boat. We've also used it on rivers (Androscoggin) with much success. Old Town boats are very tough. This has been over many rocks and it still looks great. This boat can easily be portaged by one person. Full review

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 5 of 5 stars This canoe is a wonderful choice for canoe camping on rivers and small lakes. It's light, rugged, handles well, stable and capable of carrying all your gear. I have used the canoe for multiple camping trips. After using a tripper for 25 years, this Old Town was a step up in handling and responsiveness. It is a great canoe by a great company that will give you decades of enjoyment with minimal care. Full review

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Old Town's Penobscot 16' canoe is a pleasure to paddle. The canoe is a solid performer on all types of water. With its ability to carry 1,100 lbs., the Penobscot is perfectly suited for long canoe trips. Even though it is 16' and made of Royalex, it is surprisingly light. This canoe is perfect for those weekend and longer canoe camping trips and for fishing. I highly recommend this canoe to anyone looking for a stable, well-made, versatile boat. Old Town's Penobscot 16' canoe is a pleasure to paddle. Full review

Esquif Canyon

rated 5 of 5 stars Love this boat. Had an old fibreglass Clipper Explorer 17' which could not be replaced. Bought this Royalex boat to fill hole. Boy did it ever! Three inches of rocker makes this boat dance in whitewater when filled with air and it still handles great when loaded. Surfs well to boot!! This is a great boat for those who can paddle. While it tracks beautifully with attention, it does want to turn. The rocker also means that wind drift is real so open crossings are work. Puncturing the boat to install… Full review

Old Town Penebscot 17 RX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A reliable, durable, and stable all-around canoe that will last several lifetimes. The Old Town Penebscot 17 is a reliable and functional tripper and everyday paddler. Extremely stable in all water conditions, from flat lakes to Class III. Initial and final stability are predictable and inspire confidence. I've tripped with mine for over a decade, from the lakes and rivers of Canada, Ohio, and Michigan to the Gulf, rivers and back waters of SW Florida. For portaging it is a bit overweight, but… Full review

Esquif Canyon

rated 5 of 5 stars Esquif Canyon is a tank and a ballet dancer. It carries a lot of gear and handles well even in full load in the rapids and flat water. It also a joy to play solo in a calm evening. Canyon is a serious tripping canoe for two. I would recommend Canyon to clubs as a training canoe and even for extended big river, big lakes trips. Although it is agile enough to use in curvy creeks. Esquif Canyon took us two old guys (62 and 69 years) down the Snake River and parts of Peel River in Yukon, Canada. Snake… Full review

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 5 of 5 stars Versatile and responsive, this canoe is a great all-arounder. Great as a short tripper, on easy to intermediate whitewater, or on flatwater. I've owned the 16 foot Royalex version of the Penobscot for more than 11 years. 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… Full review

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