Length: 16' 0" - Starting at: $1995.00See More Details about this Canoe
The canoe itself is very high quality and at 33 lbs., it allows me to be able to handle it myself when loading on and off my vehicle. Being in my senior years, this means I can keep canoeing many more years to come, Lord willing.
The Prospector handles well in the water, esp. when I'm paddling alone while my wife is taking birding pictures using a telephoto lens on the camera.
I highly recommend Swift.
Pros:-light weight, -stable, -handles waves well (1m)
Cons: -tracking requires close attention (to be expected no keel), -hardware (nuts and bolts) not water resistance. (suggest replacing with brass or stainless steel), -capacity
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled waves. I was in a large lake with waves over a meter and just ignored them when navigating across the lake. I was surprised (should not been) at tracking. The canoe does not have a keel, so tracking has to be paid close attention too.
Turning was neither a negative or positive, I found it to be good, nothing special. I was a little surprised at capacity. It is not able to carry more weight than my old 14' which was a surprise. I personally would like the seats to be a little lower. This is just a personal preference.
All in all this is a good canoe and the criticisms are all small.
Swift is the first placed we stopped off at near our home in Huntsville, Ontario at the Oxtongue Lake store. We did not need to search any further as our sales/support team Brian and Skip made the description, water demo, even helping us with tethering it to our SUV, looking after our paddle and PFD selection a delight.
Swift is the best for your value and we are delighted!
At 40 pounds, our Kevlar Fusion boat was a real pleasure to portage (if portaging could ever be a pleasure). The hull construction, especially in conjunction with the integral Carbon Kevlar gunnels, makes this an extremely robust and rigid boat. It has excellent tracking capability for a 16 footer and slices through water with the speed of a much longer boat. It's ability to turn on a dime worked very well on backcountry creeks and it has remarkable stability in the heavy waters on the open lakes, especially when loaded. Even though this boat has more than enough room for two people and a week's worth of gear, it is also a joy to paddle solo.
We are delighted with the purchase of this boat. While I know there is no such thing as the perfect canoe for all conditions, I firmly believe this boat comes close.
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