Well, I don't have a Colden Dragonfly but I do own a Kevlar Curtis Dragonfly and a Black Gold Bell Wildfire.Wow. Gorgeous. Always wondered about this boat. How does handling compare to a composite wildfire?
The deeper depth and rounder bottom on the Fly work better on rivers but as a user friendly boat the Wild with its flatter bottom is more forgiving.. That said I have a friend that lowered the seat on her Curtis Dragonfly and it does not eject her: she can't kneel. I have both boats and there really is no need for both now. Not doing many rivers.Wow. Gorgeous. Always wondered about this boat. How does handling compare to a composite wildfire?
Geez that’s a hard sell tactic there Glenn.
Is it suitable for a 225-lb paddler?
I'm not the seller and that's not my intent. While I hope Kim sells her Dragonfly to an appreciative buyer, I was simply using the ad to document some canoe history that not many people outside of Deal, Curtis and Yost know.
I'm sure it is as a day paddling canoe, but obviously a 225 pounder couldn't carry as much gear as 160 lb. Harold Deal for a wilderness trip.
yes. I just find in old age with a knee replacement and no kneecap I can't kneel.My Wildfire is friendlier for sitting. It handles 300 lbs of me and gear for an extended trip just fine. I used to use it on Ozark Rivers and Maine Rivers to class 2 with a week of gear.Geez that’s a hard sell tactic there Glenn. Is it suitable for a 225-lb paddler? But alas I’ve committed to a Phoenix and cannot afford both.
I’m just razzing ya a little. It’s a beautiful boat and I really appreciate the history lesson. I’ve been reflecting on how much shopping for a canoe involved researching the history of modern canoe design. I’m better for the reading too, except now my answers to other folks about canoes are getting a lot longer. I’m on the verge of inducing MEGO.
@yellowcanoe i guess I’m a little sad you’re selling it, but I get it. Good luck with the sale, and I hope it finds the right home!
Glen, I have had a Curtis Dragonfly since 1988 and would like to learn more about it's history. Can you connect me to Harold Deal so I might obtain a copy of the history?