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This is a fast canoe and handles very well with both single and double paddle, but I admit I need to put it more time to get to know it better. I felt it turns quickly, but it needs leaning.
This boat can handle a big guy with a big load and I think it would be a good down river boat as well as a good lake tripper.
Previous to this boat I did all my solo BWCA trips in a Blackhawk Zephyr. However, after surviving the BWCA Independence Day storm of 1999 I decided I needed a bigger boat that could more easily haul my packs as well as handle bigger lake waves. I put out a "wanted ad" for the Starship and was fortunate to find one in excellent condition.
I love my Starship for a couple reasons. First, it is a fine paddling boat, one that responds to leans and body english well. Second, it handles big water under load well. Only once have I had it shipping small amounts of water in what were really somewhat extreme conditions. Finally, I have modeled the boat to better meet my needs, but I also take pride in owning and paddling a boat that is essentially a collector's item since Blackhawk Canoe Company has long been disbanded.
If you ever come across one of these boats I can highly recommend it. I didn't give it a "10" because it is a tad heavy in its current layup. This is a great boat and I have no regrets about owning it. You won't either if you chance upon one...
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