I'm not familiar with that boat but if the price is right and it is better than what you currently have it probably will be worthwhile.I just came across a Wenonah Rendesvouz on Craigslist nearby. Asking $600, with whitewater rigging (floatbags, kneeling pads, d-rings). A quick search reveals that this is a pretty polarizing boat. It's definitely geared more towards whitewater/river touring than what I was originally thinking, but I think I'll take a look (and hopefully do a test paddle) nonetheless.
Already sold. I did not learn the layup, but I did learn that people seem to much prefer the composite Rendesvouz to the Royalex version. Interesting.Do you know layup/weight? Could be a good first solo, and you shouldn't loose much or anything if you sell it in a year.
I talked to someone at Hemlock Canoes on the phone - I don't remember the name, but it might have been Dave. He had a few used solos in stock, but, alas, all were $2,700+. He also informed me that they would have to increase prices soon because of the increased price of petroleum and the fact that most resins are petroleum based. He did not seem happy to have to increase princes..Agree that it would be a good idea to stop and see Dave at Hemlock canoe. We bought a used Eagle tandem from him and he allowed us to paddle it on a lake nearby first. I have one beloved solo, a Curtis Nomad, that I bought from his previous company back in the 90’s. The craftsmanship is very high quality. The Rendezvous has more rocker so a better river boat I would think. I owned one for about 3 minutes until I went to put it on the roof rack after I paid for it and found that it had rocker in the gunnels as well due to a build issue... The dealer took it back and I moved on. IMO Wenonahs lend themselves to a different style of paddling which isn’t as appealing to me. Rob
Originally from the sit and switch camp here. I grew up paddling mostly on lakes in 36"+ wide flat bottomed tandems that performed more like your Penobscot and had no idea how squirrelly a sub-30" wide solo would feel the first few times sitting down in one, or how low the gunnels would be. Glad I test paddled before I bought something I wouldn't have enjoyed! Since then I've paddled a much larger variety of canoes, spent more time paddling solo, spent more time on moving water and taken to kneeling and heeling. Nowadays I want to add a long, somewhat narrower solo with a round bottom and some rocker to the collection, but it would have been the wrong boat for me when I was a dyed-in-the-wool tandem Wenonah paddler with only one other canoe. I still like to sit up higher whether kneeling or sitting and I still use a single bladed paddle so that rules the "pack" canoes out, for me.IMO Wenonahs lend themselves to a different style of paddling which isn’t as appealing to me. Rob
I love bits of advice like this that, at least to me, are non-obvious but highly practical.
Sounds like a good way for me to lose my basket!Another bit of advice that came from an elderly and experienced mycologist with whom I trained many, many years ago is the following:
If you find yourself lost, set your basket on the ground. Start walking ever widening circles around your basket, keeping it in sight. Within a few circles, you will see something you recognize.
(Mushroom hunters, who frequently carry baskets for their harvests, frequently wander quite a bit in the woods.) Lacking mushroom baskets, canoeists could always set down a pack, or tie a bright bandana to a limb, or...you get the picture.
Gets pretty good reviews.Does anyone know what layup this is (based on seller's description, they're not super knowledgeable about it)? Weight expectations? 2001 Swift Osprey for sale near me.. Thoughts on the boat more generally?
The carpenter in me is a fan of the all wood sliding seat.
Does anyone know what layup this is (based on seller's description, they're not super knowledgeable about it)? Weight expectations? 2001 Swift Osprey for sale near me.. Thoughts on the boat more generally?