Specifications for Wilderness
|IN STOCK COLOR
I have an A quality, Kevlar ultra light and one, Green Royalex with very minor blemishes on the inside, in stock and on sale, but you will have to call for the Kevlar price. ( New for the 2008 season, Wenonah Canoe introduced the Wilderness, a solo canoe that defines a new standard for mid-length extended solo tripping canoes. I paddled this one several times in choppy water on windy days. It conquers the efficient vs control issue present in some canoes, especially in the wind, giving both in very good measure. You give up a little speed and load capacity compared to the Encounter but you can really manage this canoe in rough water and high winds more easily and it is a dry ride. This is the solo canoe I have been waiting for from Wenonah. I have had terrific feedback on the ones I have sold. I have two in stock; a green one in Royalex for $1149 and a Kevlar ultralight (only 32 pounds) for $2199.00.
The Wilderness is designed to carry plenty of gear and encourage distant exploration far beyond the reaches of smaller, less efficient crafts. The Wilderness carries additional freeboard and bow height for a dryer ride in rough waters common to larger, wind exposed lakes. We married the dryness of additional freeboard with the correct amount of tumblehome for efficient paddling technique.
Designed as a tripper, the Wilderness is a dream on portages allowing for more time on the water and additional distance each day. A well-rounded stability profile and moderate rocker inspire confidence and maneuverability, whether on a loaded tour or evening paddle. The Wenonah Wilderness is available in Royalex and our proven light weight composite constructions at a price for all budgets.
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.