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    Smile Polaris Canoe by Northstar canoe

    I bought last April new canoe: Polaris made by Northstar Canoes.
    As I see no threads about this canoe
    I will make a short one myself.

    + easy to paddle straight also when paddling tailwind
    + easy to make turns
    + Takes waves well
    waves from side not so well - water comes in when hard wind and sharp waves.
    + As tandem all is working well with or without load.
    As solo wind takes it too easy when not loaded.
    I'am not very experienced solo paddler,
    but I would not buy this canoe if my main thing is solo paddling without load.
    + light also when portaging (my blacklite version 19 kg - 41 lbs)

    - Seats should be 2-3 cm more up.
    Now it's almost impossible to put my feets under the seat.
    So no way to paddle on knees. That's what i would like to do on hard weather.
    - Polish is not perfect: There are some small wrinkles inside the boat.
    They don't bother me, but for somebody it could be problem.

    I find Polaris the best canoe I ever paddled.
    And I have paddled many open canoes.
    But my experience is only of lakes and calm rivers.

    Here are some measurements from the site of Northstar canoes:
    Length: 16ft 9in = 5m15cm

    Length/Width Ratio: 6.5
    Width: 31 gw / 34.5 mx / 31 wl
    Sheer: 20.5 bw / 13.5 ms / 17.5 st
    Rocker: 2.5 bw / 1.5 st
    Weight: 38 StarLite / 41 BlackLite / 50 WhiteGold
    6 freeboard: 950 lbs


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    I post some more photos
    and link to Northstar Canoes.
    It seems there is no seller in Great Britain?
    I have nothing to do with the Company - only user.
    But I feel it's a great pity if such a masterpiece as Polaris goes unnoticed.


    Portages are easy - only 19 kg

    It's pleasure to look at

    Joy to paddle - even solo
    Last edited by painter; 4th-August-2016 at 03:41 PM. Reason: typo

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    It does look nice!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

    Paddle Points - where to paddle

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    two summers paddling the Polaris.

    Normally I dream about new canoe after two summers,
    but now I have to say every time: This is my dream boat.
    Today at Lake Bodom, some 10 km from the center of Helsinki
    and below the happy owner of the canoe.
    The other -also happy owner - is the wife who took this photo:

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    Good to hear an update. After recently returning from a trip with many portages and lots of lakes, I can really see why you would choose such a canoe. That and it still looks very nice too!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

    Paddle Points - where to paddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Good to hear an update. After recently returning from a trip with many portages and lots of lakes, I can really see why you would choose such a canoe. That and it still looks very nice too!
    So true.
    In Scandinavia lakes are countless but often small ones.
    Especially in south of Finland.
    Many portages.
    Polaris goes easily and I'am not sportman.

    Our version is 19 kg,
    Kevlar version only 17 kg.
    I still can't understand how this is possible to produce.

    Our Polaris has made some connections with underwater rocks,
    but still pleasure to look at...

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    Quote Originally Posted by painter View Post
    So true.
    In Scandinavia lakes are countless but often small ones.
    Especially in south of Finland.
    Many portages.
    In Sweden/Norway (Rogen to Roros), we had a similar situation, sometimes only paddling 200m on lakes between portages, but the ground was so rough it was still preferable to get back in! The others had a Swift Temagami (loooonnnggg canoe, about 27kg I think), and an NC P15 in Tuffstaff (25 ish). My Ally folding canoe is just under 20kg, and that makes a lot of difference on a 3800m portage!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

    Paddle Points - where to paddle

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