Specifications for Wee Lassie
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This one has some imperfect spots on the outside skin so you get an amazing price for a otherwise perfect canoe. You really have to paddle this one to appreciate it. It has remarkable stability, once you are in it, moves amazingly easily for it's short length, is no problem in the wind and is as maneuverable as anything short of a whitewater play-boat. You won't win races on the water but at just 27 pounds you could win the race to that secret little place only you, and perhaps one someone else, knows about. The race up the stairs to your apartment might be the most telling.
I put it through it's paces on a windy day with significant chop. It was a breeze to turn into the wind, paddle down wind and with so much less wind resistance maybe as efficient as a longer, sleeker canoe. It is much more in every aspect than other, pack, canoes that it is hard to imagine until you try it.
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.