Specifications for Champlaign





18ft. 0in.




I am all out of Royalex and so is the factory. The price showenis list for the Tuf-weave Flex-core. The Champlaign is the smoothest paddling, Stable, traditional design, large canoe on the market. Wenonah also does the Kevlar ultra light lay up better than anyone else so it too is plenty strong and durable. It handles big loads and rough water with ease. It is slightly slower than the Minnesota II and 6 inches shorter but has more capacity and greater stability. It is especially great for long expeditions and family outings or just for fun when empty, and you can add an extra seat. I get more positive feed back about the Champlaign than any other canoe. List price in Kevlar Ultra light at 46 pounds is $2699, Kevlar Flexcore at 57 pounds is $2499 and Tufweave Flexcore (the most durable composite) $2149. Call with questions and for a price.


$ 2149.00


$ 2149.00

Canoes are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:

Royalex 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. 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 Tufweavekevlar 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.