The canoe really firms up when near the rail so going over is not much of a worry. Swift kayaks Saranac, Bering Sea, Kiwassa, Swift canoes, 36-38 lbs, Kevlar. I paddled the Spirit ll, like it, but have become very intrigued by the Kevlar Fusion construction of the Keewaydin 17. Its initial and secondary stability make it feel and paddle more like a kayak, responding nimbly and moving quickly under a double-bladed kayak paddle, even in a river current or a wind-driven chop. In calm speed is 7 - 7.5 km/h. It is as fast as a Hemlock Kestrel, Blackhawk Zephyr or even a longer Blackhawk, such as the Starship. I was truly impressed with this boat on all three criteria. Post Apr 06, 2014 #1 2014-04-06T19:37. In stiff head winds it is capable to maintain approximately 6 km/h speed. good stuff. We picked up our new Keewaydin 16 and gave it a good workout. After a couple seasons I replaced it with a fixed seat just a bit higher and angled down. I also fish from this canoe regularly. New and used items, cars, real estate, jobs, services, vacation rentals and more virtually anywhere in Ontario. It is forgiving enough though that I don't end up in a rock or in the water if I make a mistake. Most Kevlar … My only gripe is with the seat. The level of customer service and the individual attention and expert advice I was given throughout researching and buying this boat have been nothing short of fantastic. I removed the plugs and there were several ounces (probably a cup at least) in each flotation tank, a bit more in the rear one. But, he did it again. This canoe does not catch windage very much. On my first visit there, Brian expertly ran through my options and his recommendations, understanding that I was looking for a boat with the familiar stability and comfort of a kayak but the gear capacity and portaging ease of a canoe. The not-so-good: Wolfgang Hölbling. I discovered by accident (I flipped in high wind and choppy waves) that the flotation tanks had taken on water! All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! Swift Keewaydin 15. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is the best among any of the four brands of her Canoes that I own. I wish I knew her name, but first there was the young woman at the Gravenhurst store whose knowledge and patience were greatly appreciated as she walked me through the options available to a kayaker who wanted to graduate to a solo pack canoe for interior camping. After wisely advising me to take a Keewaydin 15 for a spin, Brian then spent more time reviewing all the options and features available. Color: + Larger Image. I am in the process of making modifications to it and, if that doesn't work, scrapping it altogether and rigging a fixed seat. 33. As for the boat itself, I can't wait to take it on a backcountry camping trip, and to reap the benefits of a pack canoe over a sea kayak for gear hauling and portaging. If m vendor would have had a Keewaydin combi in stock, I might’ve gone that route. Both Wenonah are bit faster but j-stroke cannot be used. We were very happy with all aspects of the canoe. The Keewaydin 15 offers an unparalleled balance of comfort and performance.
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Offline. It is fast flatwater canoe having enough primary stability. If you need a beautiful, light and performing canoe or kayak jump on board and save. This canoe review of Swift’s 16-foot Keewaydin was first published in the Summer/Fall issue of Canoeroots magazine. Member. It turns enough well especially if you tilt canoe gently to outer side of curve. Solo, I heal the boat over and paddle Canadian style with my dog comfy on the foam mat. I’d go Keewaydin since it’s a newer design and seems like it would be more efficient with the narrow waterline. I love this canoe. The real joy is when it comes to the portage. After a couple of hours spent paddling my new boat on Oxtongue Lake, these three gentlemen then spent even more time with me, helping me load the boat on the roof of my vehicle and again offering tips and advice, this time around safely and efficiently loading and unloading the boat. Prospectors, Kipawa and Keewaydin. It is stable, fast, and turns very predicably. The glide is impressive. For me the flex translated into noise and since I use it for photography it was not helpful on a large lake at dawn. The Kipawa was fast but not as fast as Keewaydin 16. Everyone at Swift was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and they all made it clear that their number one goal was making sure I was happy and excited and educated about my new purchase. It works well for me and does not cut the boat up as much as an additional thwart. Find Swift Canoe in Canada | Visit Kijiji Classifieds to buy, sell, or trade almost anything! I take out my new to me Swift Keewaydin 14 foot pack boat. Few canoes can bring out the best in your paddling skills as well as the Kipawa. I recently purchased a Keewadin 16 in carbon fusion, with the carbon tech package. Swift Carbon Fusion canoes are built with a urethane resin system for durability and longevity, ... Because the Keewaydin 16 Combi comes with a solo seat instead of a yoke, this detachable yoke for the balance point makes portaging quick and easy. Most are Kevlar and often include popular models from Swift, like the Kipawa, Prospector, Keewaydin and Algonquin. I have 10 years of canoeing background and this is my second canoe. For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube! Keewaydin 16. Bow is quite high but in center and stern positions side are quite low. The guys at Swift have done a fantastic job with this machine. With the same lowered seats and narrower paddling stations of the 17, the Keewaydin 16 is great for light weight weekend or week long adventures and spirited solo trips. Swift Canoe & Kayak is a leading manufacturer of high quality composite canoes and kayaks, built right here in Canada. Beautiful boats, extremely light yet durable. Now that the kevlar on the edge of the holes got wet, it has become frayed and fuzzy, which may further damage the seal. The Keewaydin 16. So Keewaydin 16 had features that I wanted from my second canoe. Swift is probably the most advanced large canoe and kayak manufacturer. I would also like it to be a little higher. I am looking at the Keewaydin Combi 16 or maybe a prospector that I can paddle backwards when solo. 2020 is nearly in the rearview mirror. Order now for delivery in April 2021 and save on the 2020 prices. The Keewaydin has exceeded expectations especially as a solo machine. Fit and finish is top notch. Since I don’t have a kneeling thwart, it’s really best paddled by two people. The boat performs flawlessly on the water. Just bought this canoe in Kevlar Fusion with aluminum trim and I really love it. As for the Swift questions, I’ve never paddled a swift but I’ve longed for one for years. The Keewaydin is the newest David Yost canoe design and is a remake of the classic Keewaydin 17 we produced years ago. I have the flax fusion ( I don't know if they even offer that now) and love the feel of this boat in almost every respect. This is really a very poorly finished detail in an otherwise amazingly well-made boat. I also have to admit that the Keewaydin is one nice looking boat and the hull shape is not only attractive but shows promise. Organizing a pickup date by phone, longtime Swift enthusiast-turned-employee Brian Duplante confided, “That’s my favorite canoe to paddle.” A great all around performer! The quality of construction is impeccable. As I mentioned in my first review [July 19, 2016], I was not happy with the cherry slider seat because it flexed too much. 33. The reason for this is poor sealing of the screw-in plugs. This is a nice stiff boat so you're not wasting energy on any oil canning or hull rattling. Not only is it stunning to look at but it is light, turns well, tracks well and is quick and efficient. It’s a wonderful canoe to paddle tandem, which is what it was purchased for. I really could not think of a bad thing to say about it so we are very happy with our new canoe. But overall, I love this boat. The speed is amazing considering how stable it is. The most popular used models are Algonquin 16 & 17 and the Swift Kipawa 16'6". Performance: Beautiful boats, extremely light yet durable. For short distances, I can kneel midship and manage the boat. My being happy seemed to be all they were concerned with, and it showed in their exceptional customer service. Read reviews for the Keewaydin 16 by Swift Canoe & Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers.
Registered: 3/21/2016 Posts: 2. In other wind direction speed is 6.5 - 8.0 km/h and you can maintain this speed whole day. Swift quality: I can't speak for it's solo prowess and don't plan on using it solo. I decided to write initial review of Swift Keewaydin 16 canoe based on my initial impressions. I bought mine in the Carbon Fusion Innegra layup. It is worth every penny. It’s about 34 lbs. I tested boats that were faster and ones that turned better but none that did everything as well as this boat.
No Shipping before 31.8.2020!, Bootsanlieferung bis 100km Umkreis - Versand erst ab dem 31.8.2020! We loaded it with lots of gear and it handled great and paddled very good as loaded as it was and still quite fast. It is light enough to be easily carried around rough stuff. My only misgiving with the Keewaydin is that it is not really a solo boat. It is not perfect but it works so well for me that I can't imagine anything better. The initial consideration were weight, capacity and durability. I bought the Keewaydin 16 for flatwater canoeing both as tandem and solo usage tandem canoeing being more frequent usage. We had two portage filled outings in The St. Regis canoe area of the Adirondacks prior to our Lake Champlain outing, and my wife and I were thrilled with ease of the carries. Healed over, the canoe is stable enough to accommodate some movement from her, a 75 pound dog. Posted: September 16th, 2012, 7:11 am . I can easily carry my canoe barrel, my dog, and another large backpack style dry bag, but would be more limited with a kneeling thwart. Hi everyone, I am looking for a canoe that I can paddle tandem or solo on lakes/flat water and portage and carry camping gear, etc. I have not paddled Mad River Malecite or Bell Northstar but I guess this canoe is one of the very best choices for flatwater canoeing both as tandem and solo. I guess I am kind of hung up on the two construction options, Kevlar Ultra-Light vs Kevlar Flex-Core (an extra kevlar layer plus gel coat) which has not changed since I purchased my Minnesota ll back in 1991. Swift Keewaydin 15 solo Kevlar fusion with the Carbon Kevlar trim Clear coat, no fancy colors I'm getting some foam kneeling pads they sell with it Stilt slightly undecided about the sliding seat. With its mid-range length and weight capacity, it provides paddlers with a multi-functional tripping option that can meet the needs of any paddler. The Keewaydin 16 is fast canoe. Love DY designs. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! Knowing this was my first canoe, they patiently explained its features, offered useful tips and advice, and took time to show me things like how best to get it on and off my shoulders for carrying and how best to get in and out of the boat at a dock or beach. I had the bow seat moved forward 2” to accommodate our weight difference and my wife is petite so the narrower paddling station works for her. It is incredibly easy to lift for car-top loading / unloading or for a portage carry. Wolfgang Hölbling. I bought mine used a couple of months ago and have been paddling it at least twice per week since then. The sliding seat flexes too much for my taste (full disclosure: I weigh about 225 lbs.). Selling my Keewaydin 15 which was purchased in late August 2016 and very lightly used on local lakes only a handful of times - canoe is like new - asking $2950. It does everything well. https://paddling.com/gear/swift-canoe-kayak-keewaydin-17-canoe At only 34 pounds it is a piece a cake to pick up and carry solo. Whether you’re headed deep into the backcountry […] Wolfgang Hölbling. So I guess the old saying that form follows function holds true for this canoe. I have not paddled Mad River Malecite or Bell Northstar but I guess this canoe is one of the very best choices for flatwater canoeing both as tandem and solo. Built from the foundation of a hundred years of dependability, the Prospector 16 has plenty of room for gear, surprising responsiveness, and stability that will put any paddler […] The Keewaydin 16 is a nimble craft that has everything canoe trippers could want. We hung the original seat a little higher and dropped the front edge and inch. Swift Keewaydin 16. Read reviews for the Keewaydin 15 by Swift Canoe & Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers. I find the seats comfortable for sitting or kneeling. It is shorter at, 16'6" than the Keewaydin 17', so I am unable to give a direct comparison. Tested it in wind and waves and had good stability and very good speed. Swift kayaks Saranac, Bering Sea, Kiwassa, Swift canoes, 36-38 lbs, Kevlar. I wanted something that was a good all around ship for lakes and streams... a tripping canoe. It is a Dave Yost design with the usual Yost bubble-sided tumblehome and excellent manners. The comfort comes from its shallow arch hull and moderate width, making it a stable solo for sit down paddlers. The Keewaydin 16 is a nimble craft that has everything canoe trippers could want. While the Kipawa offers unprecedented performance to experienced paddlers, it also provides a secure, big-boat feeling for novices. A really fun canoe - comfortable as well. Beautiful boats, extremely light yet durable. I opted not to do the bow sliding seat because I didn’t want to add extra weight and I’ve never found that I’ve needed to trim a canoe this way. While I am admittedly blown away by the product, in this case my new Keewaydin 15 pack canoe, I really can't say enough good things about the people I encountered at Swift. The Keewaydin 16 is a great tripping canoe that's remarkably efficient and works well in a variety of paddling situations. I opted for aluminum gunwales, kevlar and an extra layer of gelcoat. A couple of times I had to remind myself I was actually in a canoe and not a kayak. Prices generally range from $1600 to $2400, depending on the model, construction and condition. Rarely have I happened upon a business whose staff are so professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and happy. While the Kipawa offers unprecedented performance for experienced paddlers, it also provides a secure, big boat feeling for novices. It didn't take long for me to make a decision, and Brian drew up a quote that was exactly what we had discussed, and I placed my order. Swift apparently just drills a hole in the tank and threads the plug directly into the kevlar! A permanent solution would be to install the female part, if I had it, or just close the hole with fiberglass. The carbon hull has proved to be extremely rigid. But this is really a minor problem. The selection of materials, finishes and colors is huge. Hi K2, We have a Swift Kipawa kevlar canoe. I can't get over how well it does everything! It is the kevlar fusion layup with aluminum gunwales, cherry thwarts, cherry sliding seat (which is my only complaint)and color-matching skid plates. Prospectors, Kipawa and Keewaydin. I’m looking for any reviews on Swift’s Keewaydin 14 and 15 Pack Boats. Whether you're headed deep into the backcountry or around the cottage, the Keewaydin 15 will put you at ease, freeing you up to enjoy the beauty around you. This is a quick review of our Swift Keeewaydin 17 canoe. I have tried Wenonah Solo Plus, Wenonah Escapade and As I said this canoe has low windage but also this canoe does not lose its speed when it hits to wave. I took the boat to a canoe shop and had them remove the sliding rails and fabricate aluminum hangers and rivet them to the inwales. The comfort comes from its shallow arch hull and moderate width, making it a stable solo for sit down paddlers. I did not order the kneeling thwart even though I love to solo this canoe. There's a nice little video on their site with DY talking about the boat and the rational for how he set up the rocker, etc. I believe this boat is a little beyond my skill level which is good because the better I get with it, the more it rewards me. Member. It makes for an ideal boat for canoe tripping in the UK or beyond. Read and submit reviews for the Keewaydin 15. While the Kipawa offers unprecedented performance for experienced paddlers, it also provides a secure, big boat feeling for novices. Prospectors, Kipawa and Keewaydin. Read and submit reviews for the Keewaydin 16. It was beautiful with clear coat black and champagne bottom. Just finished a 2 hours paddle on Lake Champlain in our new Keewaydin 16. 27 ก.พ. The Keewaydin 15 is one of the best solo canoes I have ever paddled. My biggest concerns, going back to a canoe after 15 years in kayaks, were stability, tracking and comfort. The performance lies in its enhanced tumblehome and mid-range waterline, making it ultra-responsive when leaned or heeled. I understand that there is a concern that this kind of tank can separate from the hull by expanding air inside due to drastic temperature changes and that is why most canoes have breather holes, but this system with the threaded plug is very poor. The easiest way to fix it is to apply silicone sealant and screw the plugs back in. The hull shape allows for ergonomic stroke entry and exit - think that is called tumble home. I highly recommend this boat. With the same lowered seats and narrower paddling stations of the 17, the Keewaydin 16 is great for light weight weekend or week long adventures and spirited solo trips. I'm typically somewhere in Lady Evelyn territory where at least the start and finish is on fairly large water. Now the seat flexes very little, feels great and the canoe is a bit lighter. 33. Will the entire boat composite, it makes for an extremely light tandem canoe. It would have given it a ten otherwise. He has been instrumental in building some … If you're comfortable enough with a kneeling thwart, you can achieve an almost perfect athletic stance for power through chop. Too bad they have very few dealers in the U.S., most of them clustered in NY. I have an otter box for my 35mm camera that I use to support myself while kneeling. Keewaydin 16 fulfills these criteria wonderfully. There is absolutely zero oil canning as there has been with some of my other royalex canoes. This boat is great in and out of the water. 33. It continues to be one of the most popular Swift canoes and is the perfect size for week-long tandem tripping. This boat is well worth the investment. This canoe can somehow handle waves very gently. Manufacturer's Description: Our first design, the Kipawa, was the forerunner of a new breed of fast, seaworthy and maneuverable tripping canoes designed to meet the modern tripper's requirements. But it flexes a lot when I sit on it and so do the long cherry rails it slides on. 2016 - พินนี้ค้นพบโดย Bob Rainbird ค้นพบ (และบันทึก!) The low freeboard cuts down on wind effect yet this is the most seaworthy canoe that I've paddled on larger water. A dedicated solo is easier to paddle solo and less likely to be affected by the wind but the Keewayin 16 is a very fine canoe for solo paddling. I have absolutely zero complaints. Few canoes can bring out the best in your paddling skills as well as the Kipawa. Our Keewaydin 16 turned out perfectly. Swift Kipawa. Last year I test paddled the Keewaydin 16 with my wife and liked it enough to order one. The layup of this particular class is Swift's Gold Expedition. I’m not sure how David Yost manages to combine sea worthiness, initial stability, good tracking and turning all in one design. Swift Keewaydin 17: Souris River Quetico 17: The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak. In a notable “first” for the UK, Wilderness-Canoe.co.uk will be providing fully outfitted guiding and coaching using demo fleet – most commonly the Keewaydin 16, Keewaydin 17, Kipawa and Winisk. For tandem it is great and pushes both paddlers to work together. I don't need a sliding seat, but when you buy used, you don't have much of a choice. Being mainly a kayak guy I was curious to see how this boat would handle the open water. In the solo position the Keewaydin cuts waves like a hot knife through butter. I went to Rutabaga Paddlesports to get help selecting the perfect boat. Wolfgang Hölbling. It is easy to enter and exit for someone more used to kayaks than canoes. Turning and side slipping are effortless, while still tracking straight with normal correction strokes. On the down side, I have a new negative to report, though it is a lot easier to fix than the seat. They suggested the Combi after I gave them my wishlist (2up or solo, lightweight, mostly inland lake paddling, capable of a 1 week trip for 2). You can maintain inertia against chop that would defeat many other canoes. I have tried Wenonah Solo Plus, Wenonah Escapade and Swift Kipawa and I liked more Keewaydin 16. 2020 is nearly in the rearview mirror. It is a jack of all trades but really master of none. My dog Lexi goes on her first canoe ride as well. The weight of our new boat (Textreme carbon fiber construction) is one of our favorite likes. The Keewaydin 15 offers an unparalleled balance of comfort and performance. I was looking for a canoe for shorter tandem trips and longer solo adventures. I’m 6’3 200lbs, and it’s been suggested that I look into one as an option instead of a 17ft Kayak for lake/river tours in the Canadian Shield where there are plenty of portages. I spent some serious money on this boat and have no regrets. Stability is good as well - it feels a bit twitchy at rest but it lets you know what it is doing. From Easter, a demo fleet of Swift Canoes will be available within the UK. 2020 is nearly in the rearview mirror. For the most part, I’ll choose this canoe over my dedicated solo because it is a little lighter. The seat is beautifully-made, laminated cherry with wide, brown nylon webbing. I didn't discover this until this morning when I went to use the boat again and heard some sloshing when I picked up the canoe. I am extremely impressed by the overall quality and attention to detail and the use of state-of-the-art materials and techniques. The aluminum gunwales are riveted from the inside and don't show on the outside, giving it a super clean look. The Keewaydin, in my opinion, is second only to the Swift Winisk for: Seaworthyness, Stability, Speed, ability to carry a load. Post subject: Speed of Swift Keewaydin 16 vs. Keewaydin 17. https://paddling.com/gear/swift-canoe-kayak-keewaydin-15-canoe The Prospector design has been a figurehead of Canadian canoeing since the beginning, and the Swift Prospector 16 is our contribution to its legacy and rich heritage.
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