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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!
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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!
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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!
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    I've got a black lite Polaris too. Mine has three seats with the optional center seat for solo use. In my experience and for my use this is one of the finest tandems ever made. Years ago I had a Bell Northstar which was very similar. The 31 inch waterline width is narrower than most tandems and gives the boat an effortless feeling. It's not as fast as a Wenonah but it's quicker and faster than most tandems and turns on a dime both solo or tandem. I even enjoy it solo with my dog and the performance is just a notch below the Swift Shearwater solo. I've taken it on upstream paddles in current over 2 knots. Incredible versatility...a hot boat with anywhere from 250-500 pounds. And stable. Boat can be fully controlled by bow or stern paddler alone.

    Painter is right in that all Northstar canoes have low seats set up for sitting...purely so they don't scare people when they test paddle. So you may have to raise the seats if you like to kneel. I test paddled a different Northstar canoe this past weekend at a "demo day" and I said to the rep " it's set up for test paddling but not for paddlers" and he agreed.

    Painter - 2 reasons they can get it so light while still being so strong. The modern carbon fabrics are now preimpregnated with resin (they call it prepreg) which means the fabric always has the ideal amount of resin and never any of xterm which adds weight. They also leave off the gelcoat and that alone will save 3-5 pounds.

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    Hey painter, one more fun trivia fact. Many people considered the Northstar tandem Bell's best canoe design. So it's no coincidence that the reborn Bell company chose the name Northstar. And if you Google North Star you will see that another name for the North Star is Polaris! The Polaris mold was made from a Bell Northstar canoe and the Polaris is basically a Bell Northstar stretched 3 inches (75 mm). I am not surprised that you like your boat!

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