ISO Comparative Canoe Suggestions

Joined
Jul 6, 2021
Messages
540
Reaction score
393
Location
The Hereford Zone along the Mason-Dixon Line
The Inspector Gadget boat, a customized, soloized RX Penobscot, remains my favorite all-around river tripping canoe. But, even using a cart down to the launch, the RX weight is becoming a chore just moving it from racks to truck and back.

I’m ISO a used canoe with essentially the Penobscot’s dimensions, in lighter weight composite

The RX Penobscot
Length - 16’ 2”
Gunwale width/waterline width – 34”, 33”.
21”, 13 ¾”, 21” depth
Rocker – Not much
Weight – RX heavier ever year I age

Wenonah Solo Plus
Length - 16’ 6”
Gunwale width/waterline width – 29”, 32 ¼” max
19”, 13”, 17” depth
Rocker – Not much
Weight - Made in a variety of composite lay-ups, from graphite UL to kevlars 40 to 51 lbs, and Tuf-Weave at 54lbs.

Souris River Quetico 16
Length - 16’ 2”
Gunwale width/waterline width – 34”, 34-ish
19”, 14”, 19” depth
Rocker – Spec’ed at 2” bow and stern. I have straight tracker lake trippers, I’d like at least some rocker.
Weight - Made in a variety of composite lay-ups, 39lbs to low 40’s

I need to start seriously looking for a used composite in those general dimensions. Preferably cheap with rotted gunwales or brightwork; I’m going to gut it and rebuild it.

There are a few others on my short list, but any keep-an-eye-out suggestions for a composite canoe with those approximate dimensions would be much appreciated. I’m going to need a long winter project.
 
Joined
Oct 21, 2021
Messages
50
Reaction score
18
Location
Hudson Valley, NY
I have a royalex Penobscot and a royalex Heron, and I too am in search of a lighter option to solo. Something that tracks a bit better than the Heron would be nice too....
 
Joined
Jul 6, 2021
Messages
540
Reaction score
393
Location
The Hereford Zone along the Mason-Dixon Line
There are several more modern light to ultra-light composite designs that fit my desired criteria very well. But in my preferred dimensions that boat is probably a 16-ish foot tandem. I am wayyyyy too cheap to drop $3000+ on a new canoe only to gut it and rebuild it the way I want. Or hazard several grand by having the manufacturer solo seat, foot brace, thwart placement it to my specs.

Or even spend $1000 on a used canoe.

So I remain ISO a unicorn, a (cheap) used, relatively lightweight kevlar canoe, likely best priced with rotted wood gunwales and brightwork, maybe a patchable hole or two.
 
Joined
Oct 21, 2021
Messages
50
Reaction score
18
Location
Hudson Valley, NY
I'm right there with you, eyes to the horizon for that unicorn...hopefully we're not to close geographically or we may end up in a Craigslist bidding war! ;)
 
Joined
Aug 29, 2017
Messages
1,120
Reaction score
542
Location
Gaithersburg, MD
When I saw the title and then the author, I thought maybe you had come with a standardized testing and classification method for canoe types and styles.
When I saw the "My River Rocks" thread I thought, "what's so darn special about the rocks in his river that they need a thread?"
 
Top