(Try comparing hull stiffness with, say a NovaCraft 17') The RX also seems very soft, as is wearing at an alarming rate compared to my other boats. We had at least 12 inches of freeboard and were drawing about 5 inches (not bad considering how much weight we had on board!). I am 6'6" tall and weigh 250 and so is my son, and the reason I am posting this review is to add some information for larger paddlers considering this boat. We put a center float bag I got very cheap at the death of Galyans sale and when over inflated this helps the oil canning some. I feel almost "at one" in the stern of this canoe as in my kayak. With some research and guidance from the sales team I landed on the Wenonah Spirit II. Paddle through any conditions with this durable canoe from Wenonah. An excellent boat that will do many things very well. Last Visit: 09/27/2020 01:13PM Sort by. This is a highly versatile canoe that balances stability, maneuverability, and capacity. I have never had a canoe that was so flexible (mine is RX) and it oil cans so severely that when in the water its hull shape is nothing like the factory spec!! It does everything Wenonah says it does. While it is not light at around 75 pounds (we installed a third seat and some other customizations), it is lighter than my old aluminum battleship and I was able to portage it without difficulty. Because the local shop had a 15% sale, we upgraded to the Tuf-weave and longer boat. It's my first elbow paddle. I've It was a Spirit II which was just under 50 # and a delight to canoe and transport on my little wagon. This boat is a good compromise. The dealer suggested the Normally we like to “stable” our canoes when the other person climbs in or out. 69 pounds. I mentioned in my first review that it blew off a roof rack while traveling at speed and it was not pretty anymore but the scrapes and dings did not affect it paddling ease and stablility. So my two cent summary: if you're larger paddler(s) and want the best canoe to fish for a few hours from or one you can easily stand up in, get one with a flatter bottom (like the Kingfisher). I know the details quite well since i was one of the … It accelerates to speed with just a few strokes and will maintain a cruising speed with moderate effort. SPIRIT II. Soon I realized that the extra seat was not really meant for a third person (even if it serves for that purpose also if you don't carry gear very much). We were just amazed at the Spirit's speed, tracking, light weight and responsiveness. Paddled well loaded and unloaded while fishing. All canoes are âas is.â Canoes range from Waterworthy to Handymanâs Special. Roomy enough for Boundary â¦ It also had to look good to the eye. The cost had gone up from 10 years ago and transporting it from Northern Minnesota to Southern Kentucky seemed impossible. Spirit II availability: Weight* Kevlar ® Ultra-light: 42 lb. It has aluminum instead of vinyl gunnels and only one thwart to shave off some weight. I have one of the first dozen Royalex Spirit IIs, and it's proven to be a wonderful boat. It's solid … We have been able to continue our canoeing at ages 60 and 80, respectively with the right canoe. Living North 7,345 views. I thought the overall appearance and design of the Northwind The trim is black aluminum.Interior is spotless, excellent condition. It's perfect for the kind of adventures we take. I bought a used kevlar Spirit II about two years ago. This one weighs in at about 57 pounds, so not an ultralight, but not a heavyweight either. If you want and easy paddling, tough boat that will carry you your spouse and a day of gear great get a kevlar Spirit II. If you like to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or just sneak around, this is the vessel. The hardest decision was between the Royalex Spirit II and the Kevlar (a mere This includes an incredible 60 mile+ trip and portage in the back country waters of British Columbia. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things. My 17' Sundowners also weigh in at 68 pounds. The Spirit II's initial stability with two large paddlers in it and no other gear is reliable, then you can feel secondary kick in and firm up a bit, but you can go past secondary very quickly and roll the boat. But you don't want all the weight toward the bow because you still ride up and over the waves. Third season now. Center seat would be great, but would be hard to take two kids. Like many, I opted for the Spirit II as a boat for a variety of conditions, and I love it. to tip this canoe! We took our new Royalex Spirit II on it's maiden voyage on the Hillsborough River last weekend. 3 big adults? 2006 model, Royalex plastic construction. The canoe is just barely light enough for me to load it on the top of my full-sized truck by myself. Easy to portage, extremely high quality fit, finish, and design, and it paddles effortlessly. I've never paddled an Aurora so can't comment about it. Canoe for sale: Royalex Wenonah 15' Heron Royalex Light and Strong - $1 (Va. Beach, VA) I am selling a Canoe it is a late model Wenonah 15' Heron, light (57 lbs) and durable Royalex & strong durable nylon webbed seats in excellent condition, asking $795.00 or best cash offer. Since then, I have also taken the Spirit II on two extended trips to the Boundary Waters, carrying myself, my wife and my daughter and all of our gear. Lately I have gotten an Epic surf ski (v10s) as well and love it very much. straps across the roof it was solid all the way home (south of Pittsburgh). This boat is in very good condition and has the usual scratches and scuffs, nothing out of the ordinary for a boat that is a 2009. - Longer trip? It's just cosmetic. Make: Wenonah â Royalex Model: Aurora & Spirit II We are selling a few of our Royalex Canoes this fall. The Spirit II has a lot of volume, so is a marginal solo boat even with one as large as me paddling it. The gel coat is easy to scratch on the bottom, but you just have to accept that with any gel coated boat. I've gone as far as 850 pounds and the canoe was a little slower, but behaved the same. We own 8 canoes (1 under construction), 4 kayaks (one under construction), and have paddled, build, repaired, altered, or modified almost every conceivable make or type of canoe on the market (barring dugouts). Wenonah 16.5 ft Canoe- Great Shape. I have the older model Tuf-weave and the weight is about 63lbs. We purchased a Wenonah Spirit II Royalex, Alaskan ivory with performance package Wenonah Canoe - Boats for Sale: Wenonah Kevlar Canoe MR340 in St. Louis, Wenonah Jensen 18 Canoe fast in Richmond, Canoe 1739 fiberglass we no in Glens Falls, Wenonah quotHeronquot Canoe in Cleveland, Wenonah Spirit II 17 ft in Kalispell. Mine is a royalex model and has proved to be very durable while not overly heavy. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes the perfect balance. There are lots of specialized canoes available that will do different tasks better than the Spirit II (straight line speed, load carrying, turnability) but none will do them all as well as this boat. You must earn your speed with a discounted cadence. Text. Unloaded there is a tendency to oilcan just a bit (between my wife and I we make about 400 pounds of cargo, thus increasing the likelihood of oilcanning). And they don’t concentrate bottom damage along the keel line like “V” hulls and those with keels. We were thinking of an 18' canoe but decided that 17' was less of a monster, could just about be paddled solo and with its extra width the Spirit â¦ 105 N CENTRAL AVE ELY. I can solo it, take the dog fishing, or pack it for camping. I have canoe for many years - from 6 week long trips to Class 4 whitewater. My wife and I love it. When loaded light, it skips across the water, but loses some tracking. I learned canoeing in Grummans and have spent hours kneeling, so I know that I've matched it with a classic composite Old Town Canadien, and the Spirit II was faster and less twitchy, but turned just as well. I was in front, and there were times as I was driving hard, the bow came out of the water, and my friend was still able to steer and handle the boat in the wind and chop. We've had the Spirit II out twice since we brought it home (we've had a long The Minnesota II you don't want to load much beyond 600 pounds. Still, I have to say, it can back up all of its claims. I've tripped it through Algonquin and Quetico and the Adirondacks, probably 40 trips. If I get another one, it will be Rx. Our spirit II in royalex performed great on an extended river trip. The tracking is just the right balance, there when you need it and gone when you don't. After 2 years with my Spirit 2 (RX) I would have to say I agree with choire_dog. I'm actually able to fit my 3 kids in the middle between the thwarts. After moving to Alaska three years ago. I love it for camping trips on moving water. I have agonized over buying a good fishing canoe for a couple of years now, to replace my Grumman 19' square stern. Their initial stability is almost as good as a flat bottom, but they retain a good secondary stability. Purchased in 2009, Royalex, webbed seats. $1,499; 69 lbs. The board, which Spirit Sails gives directions for making, fit fine in this canoe. I feel as if I made the right decision when canoe shopping, as I wanted a boat for class I and II rivers here in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. We put in near Shawville, PA, after loading up with about 175 pounds of gear. You will be glad you did. i love my spirit 2. it prob weighs about 70+ pounds with all the gear i bungee to it while portaging. Wenonah Spirit II canoe for sale at Alder Creek. This is the one that my kids and I used to crab in Winchester Bay and fish on the Chetco River and lower Columbia. Each Tuesday, we’ll highlight a company in Canoe and Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. I am a harsh critic generally but I urge anyone thinking about a canoe to check out a kevlar Spirit II. does it all. I would really like to own the fast Minnesota 2 but I think that when the kids grow up a bit I might just move to the Champlain or Itasca. Not a white-water boat, but can do streams, rivers very well. The tractor-seats are comfortable once you get used to them, but we will probably line them with foam for a little padding. It paddles well and moves easily, but not fast and effortlessly. I've taken the Spirit II on a number of river trips. When I get older (& have more money), I will probably replace it with a lighter Kevlar canoe. Other than that, a very able and satisfactory boat for family touring. Sure, it’s not as fast as the Wenonah Escape (17’6”) or the Minnesota II (18’6”), but it feels snappy and accelerates easily, even with a … We lost two Real Stable, wont capsize until the the gunnel is level with the water. Solo paddling is tough if there is significant wind. This is a plus when paddling with a novice or child in the bow seat and all steering must be done from the stern.My Spirit has the tractor style seats which I find comfortable.My only complaint with the canoe is the fact that it does not come standard with a portage yoke.To install a yoke you must drill out the pop rivets holding in the thwart and then pop rivet brackets into the gunwales.This isn't to hard but time consuming and nerve racking since you are having to drill holes into your new canoe. Wenonah Canoe vice president Bill Kueper is enthusiastic about the growing inclusion of Esquifâs T-Formex, and so are we. It's the Sundowner model. [all-purpose canoe] This bomber, versatile boat will see you through multiday Boundary Waters adventures or day trips on the local pond. A very competent lake and river boat up to Class II. Wenonah Canoes introduces with high spirits the Spirit II in T-Formex. Not as fast as some longer boats nor as maneuverable as shorter ones, but if you're looking for a wilderness tripping boat that also is a good fishing boat the Spirit II will do the job. This includes an incredible 60 mile+ trip and portage in the back country waters of British Columbia. A maroon Wenonah Spirit II Roylex with a center portage thwart. I wonder why I waited so long. Earlier royalex has been reported to be heavier weight (thicker) and I know that at least Novacraft used two different weights of royalex even near … I think the weight is 67 lbs. Just look at what most of the outfitters in Ely use. February 17th, 2006. Unfortunately flat bottom designs aren't as much fun to paddle, especially if you want to get from point A to B and enjoy the experience. We had NO idea of where to even start. I'll report on the Spirit II's Penobscot. I recommend it without reservation. This is one well made, well designed canoe! I also like to be able to paddle solo, so I removed the thwart behind the front seat and added a rear-facing solo seat. ME: 6â3 250lbs. Bow chair is adjustable for balance. The Spirit II tracks better on moderate waters. One paddle is 5 feet long and the other is 4 12 feet long. Finally, if you do buy one, add Wenonah's bent-shaft Brio paddle to the order. We purchased it in 2004 for our family of 4. 17 ft Wenonah Spirit II Canoe with Tuf Weave construction. Gear Review: Wenonah Royalex Spirit II Canoe. Speed is not its strong point. We have many, many years of tandem canoe experience and were using a 25 year old fiberglass Mohawk that had provided years of loyal and honorable service. We now bought our 2nd We-no-nah canoe. My girlfriend and my sister took on a very stiff northwest wind on Bailey Bay of Basswood lake comming off the Burke Lake portage heading for Prairie Portage. Last Visit: 09/27/2020 01:13PM Sort by. Weight is 60 pounds and includes two paddles. I add a 20 pound anchor up front (behind the rear seat) to trim and add some ballast and that improves things a bit, and using a long kayak paddle keeps you moving along briskly. It is great for the Susquehanna river - very stable, even when turning around for gear and fishing. For now I love it! We-No- Na company very nice to deal with. We have rocky streams in pennsylvania and We recently bought a Wenonah Spirit II Ultralight. I wanted a high quality all around canoe that did not weigh more than 55#. Although you may see some similarities to the Wenonah Spirit II, the Cascade is intended to be used on whitewater and is more of a specialized canoe. Once cresting a wave side-to in a heavy wake, a 20 to 30 mph cross wind gust lifted the entire canoe out of the water (we’ve never flown a canoe before). This boat does everything we need it to and does it very well. After 30 years of paddling I decided I was too old to continue lifting heavy boats on to a roof rack. I am 6' 215lbs and have been kayaking for the last 9 years. Handcrafted with pride in the U.S.A. I find the craftmanship of the Spirit II outstanding. Admittedly, I have a special interest in choice of canoes due to my desire to sail my boat more than paddle. Spirit II is a tandem 17' Wenonah Canoe that is made in Minnesota. If the seats are mounted low enough Happy canoeing. Yoke pads optional. A price you pay for a sleek touring canoe and no flair on the freeboard. The production of the Spirit II in T-Formex is a major event in the canoeing world as it comes on the heels of a multi-year saga following a 2013 … I use it mostly in lakes and 2-3 day river treks. Includes 3 wooden paddles, 3 life vests 2 adult large, 1 woman … But with larger paddlers any canoe loses some of its initial stability -- we are both heavier and sit higher, so generate a higher center of gravity than an average pair of paddlers. I was extremely impressed with the Spirit II's maneuverability and tracking (for a royalex boat), even agains strong headwinds at times. These hulls are quicker and more maneuverable than most non-specialized hulls. It just isn't the same canoe beyond the 6 inch waterline. Even there Royalex was an advantage as we roped the canoe up and slid it down the other side. It was a sad day when I sold it a few years ago, but I needed to make room for my Champlain with the growing family. The Spirit II is all of these and more. Used very little, was $2800.00 plus when new. Classic 16 foot canoes would be boats like the Wenonah Adirondack or Aurora, Old Town Penobscott 16, Mad River Explorer, or one of the Prospector type boats from a variety of companies. We are planning a 220 mile trip down the West Branch of the Susquehanna from I bought the Tuffweave version. Last summer we had to dry dock our 1964 Moore Venom Racer for repairs and a very special face lift. Near new condition, minimal cosmetic scuffs, used less than 10 times. We can unequivocally recommend the Spirit II as a long distance canoe! Very solid with lots of room. I ended up giving it to a Umatilla guy and, last I heard, he's using it to run his nets. The canoe handles well and is easy to turn, has decent glide. It is a very stable boat without giving up alot of speed or tracking. If I lived in Minnesota, I would have a touring kevlar boat, but for multiple uses, this canoe is hard to beat. Handled powerboat wake with no problem at all. The Spirit II . She is, perhaps, spoiled in that respect. The Spirit is also a great solo as long as your not in a hurry. Good design. Details More Classifieds. *Weights published are for canoes with all standard equipment. As for running waves. (Plus a Border Collie.) There's so much room for gear that, when going solo, I don't even need to remove the front and back seats, I just slide my most buoyant sacks underneath for added safety. Make: Wenonah – Royalex Model: Aurora & Spirit II We are selling a few of our Royalex Canoes this fall. No need to say I could not find what I was looking for. I purchased the Spirit II in Royalex four years ago. It was equipped with a third seat which I thought to be a little funny at first. Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, it's even more stable when loaded. The Spirit II was beyond my expectations, once again. Front seat slider option which I would insist upon. I like our Spirit II so well that we bought a second one for our son. Come up and try them out, or our kayaks and paddle boards, for $20/ 4 hours (Poplar Lake only). comfort). No, I did not test paddle everything in the Spirit IIs class from other MFGs. Have had the canoe down a couple of local rivers. Great for pulling over beaver dams, running rapids, etc. Mine came from a bwca Outfitters. Family verdict is that the seats are not very comfortable though, plan on buying some Cripple Creek seat backs. ), stable yet glides well. Thank you Wenonah for your Ultralight Spirit II. After much research, I bought a Wenonah spirit 2 in tuff weave, kevlar ends and bucket seat. It has fiberglass seats with adjustable bow seat and Ash yoke. I finally got my Spirit II in royalex out on the Buffalo river in NW Arkansas this weekend for a 10-mile float after some heavy rains. The canoe was resting on the stem and one gunwale. Tuf-weave ® Flex-core: 68 lb. We clicked off 20 miles on the first afternoon, then set up camp. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things. View the Spirit II in the Gear Guide. My 17' Sundowners also weigh in at 68 pounds. I have a Kevlar hull with red gel coat and wood trim. 17' Royalex Wenonah Spirit II canoe: A great stable canoe with plenty of room for the family. My second Wenonah canoe. I guess you could consider this a long term review of the Spirit II from Wenonah. Today we The Spirit II makes us regret the decades and hundreds of miles we spent oil canning rivers and lakes in our Oltonar canoes. The 17' We-no-nah Spirit II (woven fiberglass) provided my family and friends with a lot of fun. ... Wenonah canoe - $800 (Virginia beach) Wenonah Spirit 11 Royalex canoe in EC. In every condition experienced, the Spirit II did an exceptional job. The rail seat allowed the canoe to be trimmed easily. The canoe handled it great. But when I considered all the possible uses for this canoe, over 90% Good all-around use (rivers and lakes). (Plus a Border Collie.) In 1983 the Spirit II was born. My scale's broken, but I would guess it weighs about 60 pounds. I wrote a review praising my Spirit II ten years ago and guess what, I am still paddling it. From the almighty hidden rock but it was nothing a little good old duct tape couldn't fix till home. Big difference in paddlers sizes? Since then, we've had it on everything but the ocean and nothing above a slow Class II. We have a lot of rocky streams in our area which influenced my choice. Very little use and always stored indoors. It isn’t the fastest canoe on the flat water but it’s stable. added a FoxWorks Guide model -- 18 onces of pure efficiency!). I know that fiberglass is tough, but I get nervous using it on rivers as I don't want to damage it on rocks that I might encounter. Wenonah's Spirit II, a sleek all-purpose canoe made for multi-day trips, is available in several configurations. It also became the center of a family of touring boats. This after 40 years of Old Town Oltonars, 16 and 18 foot, and a Pack 12 which was horribly tippy and tracked bad. I have a Spirit II and have canoed in a friend's Sundowner. The gelcoat took a beating witch I know it would and I managed a small hole in the gelcoat on the keel not the kevlar behind it. 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