Ok, so I am shying away from SUP for those of you that might want “Options” when it come’s to paddling. For example, I like to have choices when it comes to what I paddle, does this sound “snobbish” maybe, but to be honest paddling is an addiction that is healthy and healthy for the soul. There is something to be said about having a Paddle, a Boat and a beautiful river to enjoy, even on a cool fall day.
This Saturday I took a new boat out for a little relaxation, The Wenonah Aurora Canoe. This canoe is a joy to paddle, very forgiving and super stable. I took it out “solo” by sitting reverse in the front seat and filling a 40L dry bag with water and putting it in the front “back”. This 50 or so pounds of weight balanced the boat out very well even on a windy Saturday. The Aurora is so light that with every stroke of the paddle it shot ahead with little effort. The “Tuf-weave , flex-core haul allows for this 16 foot boat to only weight around 55 pounds.
Well, it’s a canoe they are typically less stable then a kayak however, the Aurora was a pretty solid boat. I was able to stand comfortably without the fear of falling in. It was a windy day and I did notice a little bow blow but the boat is so light it was easy to correct. Being that it’s so light I was able to make way into the wind with ease. Even though I did not have any gear with me it would not worry me to load it down with a couple days worth of gear.
Basic but beautiful wood and nylon webbed seats in the front and back sit you a little lower in the boat giving you a little more of an enclosed feel. They would not be very forgiving after about 5 or 6 hours of sitting but they are perfect for a couple hours of cruising. You can obviously add back rests and cushioned seats as an aftermarket add on. On the other side of the comfort scale the paddling was also a breeze, like I said before the canoe is so light it glides effortlessly through the water and with some pretty impressive speed. I did use my kayak paddle to head into the wind but I used a shorter shaft canoe paddle to explore the wooded marshes.