Specifications for Minnesota 3


Wenonah Canoes

Minnesota 3


Wenonah Canoes



Natural Kevlar

I don't stock these and they are no longer in general production, but if you want one and are willing to put 1/2 down I will special order one for you and give you $300 off list price. I have paddled a MNIII on a section of the Wisconsin River; it is so fast it's scary. If you have three people that are pretty good paddlers you can maintain 5 miles per hour as long as you want. We all thought that we could pull a small person on water skis. It holds a ton too. With three paddlers wind was no problem. Of course having three places to paddle from creates options with respect to matching paddle partners, hauling extra gear, making progress on windy days and even hauling canoes on the car top. It can be an especially good choice for families of three or five paddlers. etc.


$ 2999.00


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.