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Backpacker Magazine – May 2008

Canoes: All Aboard!

Some of the country's best wilderness is accessible only by boat. To help you get there, our testers picked the top canoes in six key categories.

by: Alan S. Kesselheim

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All-Purpose Bargain | Solo | Expedition | High-Performance Cruiser | Portable | River Runner | Bargain Boats | Canoes, Deconstructed

Bargain Boats
Well-cared-for boats will last a lifetime, which means you can often score a deal on a used canoe. Here's what to watch out for.

UV damage Long-term storage in direct sunlight can cause canoe hulls (especially plastics) to warp or become sway-backed. To check, lay the boat flat. Don't buy it if the center of the hull doesn't touch the ground or the end-to-end profile looks corkscrewed. Also, look for deep scratches, cracks, or gouges that expose interior layers to UV degradation.

Cracks Canoes that live in cold climates (winter temps of -20°F or colder) can develop "cold cracks" in the hull. Plastic hulls with wood gunwales are particularly prone to this syndrome because wood and plastic freeze and thaw at different rates. Check all gunwales carefully for damage.

Wear spots Inspect the bottom for signs of excessive abrasion. Some boats might have fiberglass/Kevlar patching at the bow and stern, which is not a deal breaker as long as the patch is in good condition–smooth and intact around the edges. Inspect attachment points at the seats and thwarts (a canoe's cross pieces); they should fit snugly, with no cracks.

All-Purpose Bargain | Solo | Expedition | High-Performance Cruiser | Portable | River Runner | Bargain Boats | Canoes, Deconstructed


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Recently, I returned from an 80 day, 1300 mile canoe trip from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay. The Wenonah Champlain was the perfect canoe for the trip! The boat tracked like a dream across Lake of the Woods and Lake Winnipeg and was agile and maneuverable in the white water on the Hayes and God's Rivers in Northern Manitoba! Keep making a great boats, Wenonah!

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Jun 18, 2008

All the canoes reviewed are fine boats for their class, but what about a backpacking boat. Several friends and I go up to the Adirondacks a couple of times a year for some backpacking and trout fishing. The ponds we head to are miles from the trailhead and carrying a 50 lb canoe on top of a 40 pound pack is unbearable (especially for some of the older guys in our group). The solution is a lightweight solo canoe that can be packed into the woods, like a Hornbeck canoe (among others). Their bestseller only weighs 14-16 lbs and can carry up to 300 lbs.

Check them out here:
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