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A real pity theses are not available new. The sharp and vulnerable stems will wear at a relatively fast rate. Pity the gunwales are so meaty, they are a miss-match to the hull. Would have been better with the light weight gunwales that are on my Dagger Impulse OC1. Go figure why Dagger put the wrong gunwales on two of their canoes!!
The sliding seat is something I make use of, and have fitted kayak foot rests to make the most of the fast hull. Just loves to motor with a bent shaft sit and switch.
My only significant criticism is that the weight of my boat is really 49 pounds - not the 43 pounds advertised when I bought it, or the revised weight of 46 that Dagger has been advertising more recently, which is very odd since Royalex boats should have very little variability in their weights. Also, the plastic end-caps and handle-hold are not up to the quality found in some other manufacturer's boats. The water bottle is a gimmick that is easily removed.
I've been paddling my Sojourn for about one year on mostly quiet rivers and am pleased with the Sojourn. The paddler accustomed to tandem paddling will need to learn to replace rudder strokes with draws, prys and sweeps to really make this boat respond at its best. Overall, a good boat for the solo paddler on mostly flat water.
All together, this makes a great canoe for tripping in big open water. During a trip in the everglades, I paddled through 25 knot headwinds and crosswinds, 2-foot breaking waves, even ocean swells, all while loaded with a weeks worth of gear, and I never even had to bail. The Sojourn is definitely not a whitewater boat (it just doesn't turn quick enough), but it will easily handle non-technical class 2 water. If you're looking for a fast cruising canoe, or a solo boat for week-long trips in the Boundary waters, Everglades, etc., this canoe will not disapoint you.
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