Specifications for Argosy
|IN STOCK COLOR
44 lb in Tuffweave
30 in. max
All colors available
The Argosy shines in rivers and streams. The added maneuverability and predictable leans make it an awesome canoe for solo travel in moderate conditions. It is not a white water play boat, but a capable traveler with significant capacity and maneuverability. Although not as fast as some, it travels well on calm water making it a very versatile canoe for someone whose primary use is on rivers and rough water. To gain all the great qualities, there is a design trade off with slight loss of initial stability. The secondary stability is strong though, so the ultimate stability and safety is great.
Call for sale price
Canoes are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Royalex is no longer made, but is a very tough and durable but still a reasonably light weight plastic laminate. A 17 foot Royalex canoe will weigh about 64 pounds compared to 75-85 pounds for other plastic or aluminum.
Composite materials include Tufweave, a fiberglass and polyester hybrid that outperforms ordinary fiberglass types S or E. It is flexible enough to resist breakage and abrasion resistant to avoid wearing through easily and still light weight. Kevlar is a an extremely tough material that is also very light weight. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar but not as abrasion resistant.
Flexcore construction uses several layers of either Tufweave or Kevlar with a specially designed hull reinforcement in the bottom of the canoe. This reinforcement is designed to be quite stiff to retain the design shape but able to flex rather than break on obstacles. This is a very tough construction method but not as tough as Royalex. It's advantages are lighter weight and better performance. It is easily repaired if you manage to damage it.
Ultra light construction uses fewer layers of specially reinforced Tufweave, kevlar and or graphite to build the lightest canoe that is still practical for everyday use in reasonably demanding conditions. It usually does not have a color applied to the hull unless you ask for it. The gel coat (color) adds about 5 pounds to the canoe. This is the stiffest construction method, resulting in the best performance. It is not a good choice for a steady diet of hitting rocks and gravel unless light weight is a very high priority for you. It is especially good for lake and large river trips where carrying the canoe is over portage routes is necessary. Some smaller people and those with less upper body strength appreciate the light weight in all circumstances. It is reasonably easy to repair in most cases.