This is a one of a kind canoe. Brand new but with some very, very minor surface scratches. Call about a discount on any of the lay-ups. This canoe easily carries 550 pounds. For many paddlers the Escape may be the perfect tandem canoe. We based the design of the Escape upon our popular Minnesota II, one of the world's most renowned wilderness canoe designs.
The Escape is an extremely efficient design in a more compact package than the Minnesota II. With similar lines as the Minnesota II, the Escape delivers excellent performance in a wide variety of paddling conditions. To keep the canoe dry in choppy waters, we added an extra inch of depth to the bow and stern. Combined with the flared bow, this canoe is dry in almost every paddling situation.
A foot shorter than the Minnesota II, the Escape is more maneuverable, making it an ideal canoe if you plan to paddle on smaller streams and rivers as well as larger lakes and bodies of water. Yet with its added depth, the Escape has nearly the capacity of the Minnesota II.
With this much versatility designed into a single canoe, the Escape may be the perfect canoe for many people looking for a performance canoe. Smaller paddlers, people who prefer a shorter canoe, and paddlers who spend time on smaller rivers and streams will find the Escape fits their needs perfectly. If most of your time will be spent paddling longer distances, or you appreciate the additional efficiency of an 18'6" canoe, or need extra capacity for longer trips, the Minnesota II would be a better choice. But for many, the Escape is a perfect match.
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 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.