(call about a discount on other lay-ups) This one has the very nice black anodized aluminum trim a $100 upgrade to the standard silver trim. This is THE most popular solo canoe and for good reasons. You won't find another solo canoe that performs this well and at this low price you get another added level of performance. The Prism has fine performance and capacity with stability enough for anyone to handle. Our best-selling solo, we recommend it to paddlers of all skill levels, and for most types of canoeing.
At 16'6" long with a straight keel line and a very good surface-to-volume ratio, this is a performance-oriented hull. It has sleek lines and fine ends to give superb glide and speed. Ideal for cruising with a light load, the Prism is also fairly deep and wide with full sides to give lots of volume. The bow and stern are slightly flared to deflect waves and bow depth carries rearward for even more dryness.
Among our solos, the Prism's capacity and the seaworthiness comparable the Voyager's, and while it is not as efficient as the Voyager, the Prism's STEADINESS makes it a comfortable canoe to use for fishing and sightseeing.
When Canoe & Kayak Magazine tested it against five other touring solos they said, "The Prism is all about glide and speed. It's a lean boat that tracks the best of those reviewed, yet it will turn quickly enough, and it returns to a stable position more readily than other fast canoes."
As they observed, the Prism is efficient yet agile and stable for a canoe of its type. It is not a serious whitewater boat, though, because the Prism's length and keel-line favor tracking above turning. To run dicey rapids, gravitate toward our Rendezvous, which has 2 1/2" of rocker. However the Prism is fine on typical rapids of Class I or II.
The Prism holds center-stage among our solos. It's not a day tripper like the Vagabond, or a cruise missile like the Voyager, or even a fast freighter like the Encounter. It's not any one of those, because it's all of them in fair measure, and is our most-versatile solo.
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.