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    A fish should swim three times, first in the...

    A fish should swim three times, first in the water, then in butter, then in wine. Everyone has their preferences, but I would just add that fish is delicate and doesn't take much time at all, so,...
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    Seats

    I have the wood seats on this one, and they do look like an improvement. Here is an article written by fellow Manitoban Brian Johnson:...
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    Very common

    I see and paddle many of these boats, in all three constructions. Good boat, reliable workhorse. A few observations.

    The SP3 is a great value in a poly boat, but repairs are difficult, and it...
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    It sure is big

    Lots of canoes are 18', but when Novacraft makes a Prospector 18', it has much more volume than most. This one will haul more than I care to portage, and then more still. I have long suspected that...
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    Just got one

    I just bought a pak-canoe, but have used them for a couple of river trips in the past. I love them, and hate them both.

    Here is my experience

    - they are far tougher than they look, and...
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    Not a fan

    Summary - too small for my liking.

    I owned a YS briefly but it didn't suit me. I weigh approximately 90kg, and even without any extra load I found it to be a bit sluggish and unresponsive. Maybe...
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    Two different boats

    First, I think Novacraft is a fine company, and like several of their products.

    Second, I think the Pal is a fine design, and had a Chestnut Deer for a while, which is the same as a Pal, but with...
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    Mason films on DVD

    http://www.redcanoes.ca/store/dvds.html
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    Yes

    It's -30C here today and mine stay outside all the time. However, I'm told it can be trouble if it has wood gunwales. The solution for that is to loosen the screws in the last few feet on each end.
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    No

    I realize there are a few of us, but I am not the legend with the aluminium welded on his head. I'm not Kevin Callan, either, but probably got the name at around the same time as I am about his age...
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    Wanted to hate it

    Mine is ugly, utilitarian, and with no graceful lines. I don't like this style, or this ideology of "go-fast". I couldn't help but enjoy paddling this thing, though. It is well made, superbly...
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    Prospector 16 for Trailhead

    At about 40lbs and a traditional shape, this one's a beauty for short trips, soloing, and most things. I like it, if not the price! Available from Trailhead Canoes in Ontario, or special order from...
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    Great canoe

    I like them. They are a bit smaller than the NovaCrafts and subsequently a bit more lively but with less capacity. Similar to Wenonah, and Bell, and these three seem closest to the original. ...
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    Unusual characteristics

    I've paddled many canoes, many days. I owned one and have tripped with every boat mentioned.

    The Wilderness 18 is stable, tracks well, has good capacity, is predictable, and is well built. The...
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    I may be new, or recycled

    I've been on here before, but can't recall when or why. In any case, I'm from Manitoba Canada, have canoed a fair bit including leading some trips, and have a real passion for the craft. My fleet...
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    Last Trapper

    I enjoyed "The Last Trapper" for the stunning cinemagtography and an interesting story.

    However, don't make the mistake of believing it to be a documentary. The main character is indeed the...
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    Bloodvein

    I am in the community of Bloodvein, right on the Lake, at the mouth.
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    Thank you all.

    Thanks for the welcome, folks.

    I know very little about Wabikimi, as there are so many nice places between here and there.

    I live on the Bloodvein.

    I will not invade Great Britain, as, in...
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    Whiskey Chaser

    I have a Whiskey Chaser. I was well pleased on the few outings I used it. It compares favourably with my grey owl marathon. It is light, and well balanced. I cannot comment on long-term...
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    MB, Canada

    Greetings,

    I just joined this forum. My main interest is canoeing - specifically canoe trips. I have been fortunate to travel throughout North America and paddle some fine water. Now, my...
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    Love the Hellman!

    I own several canoes, and have owned many more in my life. My Hellman Slocan is by far my favourite.

    I nearly bought a scout, but found a great deal on a Souris River Prospector 16' used (The...
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