I have one left in Royalex and it has a minor surface blemish. The composite models are great with the Tuf-Weave, Flex-core being highly durable and very responsive. Call and Save anytime. An extremely stable, mid-sized recreational design, the Kingfisher is excellent for hunting and fishing, birdwatching, wildlife and nature photography, or simply exploring your local backwaters. At moderate paddling speeds you will find it much more efficient than other wide canoes. If you try to push it much past 3 miles per hour you will learn about the penalty extra width demands of efficiency, but how many of us push that hard anyway?! On a river trip on the Lower Wisconsin river, a friend loaned his to some youth. they never lagged behind or complained and never even came close to tipping over. The Kingfisher is a good one!
While rock-solid stability is a major appeal of this Dave Kruger design, the Kingfisher has surprisingly good performance as well. Similar in concept to our popular Fisherman, the Kingfisher is an inch wider and a full two feet longer. Not only is the Kingfisher more comfortable for larger paddlers, its extra length also gives it better efficiency, and improved capacity. And while it is not as maneuverable as the Fisherman, the Kingfisher's 16 foot length is still easy for most paddlers to manage.
We offer the Kingfisher in three composite constructions that deliver excellent performance. At just 39 lbs., our Kevlar Ultra-light construction is excellent when light weight is the highest priority; our Kevlar Flex-core at 51 lbs. withstands more rugged use, while the Tuf-weave Flex-core version delivers fine performance at an economical price. We also build the Kingfisher in Royalex which can be a wise choice if you will often paddle in shallow rocky conditions.
The Kingfisher's outstanding combination of stability and efficiency make this an extraordinary canoe for both new paddlers and seasoned outdoor adventurers who desire a super-stable sporting canoe.
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.