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Rated: 9/10 Based On: 1 Reviews

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04-04-2012
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I have had a Colden DragonFly for a year now and its had several river and extended trips. It is a resurrection of the old Curtis DragonFly using the very same mold. Its intended use is downriver canoeing but does well on wilderness trips unless you need tables and chairs etc.

It's reputed to not be for the faint of heart and best for kneelers particularly when empty. It's deep and rounded hulled but at 14'6" not terribly fast though in the same speed category as other touring canoes with a L/W ratio of 7.

It's quite a narrow boat at 23 inches wide at the gunwales too (mine was the first Colden DragonFly and did not come out to be 24 inches at the gunwales). I believe the waterline width is 26 inches. It is a stiff hull that is well reinforced for river work. It's symmetric rocker means that it must be trimmed well in high stern winds in order not to broach. I had it out on a Chesuncook Lake/W Branch Penobscot River outing for five days with some stern winds at first and then bow winds with two foot seas. It was a remarkably dry ride.

Superb wilderness tripper for those with a good steering stroke to keep it going straight with exceptional maneuverability and secondary stability. Rock solid when heeled to the rail.

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