I have two cosmetic blemished, royalex left in stock. I get a lot of requests for a center seat so people can solo their tandem canoe when they can't find a partner. Well, you won't believe how much better a canoe designed to go solo or tandem works until you try it. The Solo Plus is a 16'6" hull with three seats. Not so that three can ride but to use as either as a solo or a tandem canoe! This one has a very minor nick in it so you save. If you want a composite solo Plus call me about a great price.
You can add a center seat to some tandem canoes for solo paddling, but most are too wide to reach the water well from the center. Conversely, most solo models are too narrow to fit two people in the ends. We shaped one hull to suit solo or tandem use, and the Solo Plus is unusual since it works well both ways. It's wider in the ends than most solos, yet narrower in the center than most tandems.
This design doesn't fit one category. Used solo, it's a touring hull that's stable and efficient with high capacity. Tandem, it's a short, performance design. It's fast with two but is less stable than our other tandems, and hauls light gear only.
Some other models can also serve for solo / tandem use. The Escapde, for example, is designed to work well with an added center seat for solo use. Its focus, though, is different: The 3-seat Escapade is better for tandem paddling but works adequately as a solo, while the Solo Plus is better if you're mainly a solo paddler who wishes to go tandem sometimes.
Offered in two Kevlar versions, this is a light-weight, high-performance, dual-purpose hull. Made from Royalex, however, the Solo Plus is more economical while still being fairly light, and it can take truly substantial abuse.
Since it paddles well on calm waters yet can endure rocks, and because it can serve as both a solo and a tandem canoe, the Royalex Solo Plus has outstanding versatility.
Whether you select a Kevlar or Royalex hull, the Solo Plus is an exceptional value because it gives you in essence two fine canoes for the price of one.
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.