Champlain Flex-Core w/Kevlar Canoe

A versatile design with enhanced efficiency and seaworthiness. A larger, more stable version of our versatile Spirit II, the Champlain has the efficiency and capacity to haul heavy loads long distances, but is also pleasant to paddle lightly loaded. The Champlain is one of our largest tandems. It also has fullness for much of its length, giving it even greater volume than its dimensions suggest. It gets excellent stability from its size, and from its shallow-arched hull, a design that is less sensitive to waves and easier for paddlers to handle. As its name implies, the Champlain is a confident craft to face big swells on vast waters. More than safety alone, it delivers performance that makes crossing big lakes practical. Its length and profile give good speed and glide, which it retains very well with a load. Its slightly rockered keel-line also lets it turn quite easily for its size. Good uses for this design? We recommend it highly if two or more of the following conditions apply: big people, big loads, or big waters. This canoe hauls two large people, a week's worth of equipment, plus an arsenal of fishing gear, and it still has reserve buoyancy for waves.

 Standard Options -
  • Standard Options -
  • Colored Gel-Coat Finish
  • Silver Aluminum Trim
  • Ash Yoke
  • Bucket Seats, Sliding Bow

Premium Options -

  • Sliding Stern Seat - $75 USD
  • Wood Gunwales (tandem) - $325 US
  • All Wood Trim (tandem) - $350 USD
  • Black Anodized Aluminum Trim - $100 USD

Flex-Core w/Kevlar® 57lbs.

Flex-core construction creates a more rugged canoe than our Ultra-light core, and is meant for general paddling on all but extreme waters. In our Flex-core constructions a structural-foam core is laminated into the hull, orienting the composite fibers carefully to distribute loads. We add an extra fabric layer to the whole hull. This adds a bit of weight but makes for a stronger, more rigid canoe. Side ribs are not needed because this layup distributes more material throughout the hull. The result is a tough canoe that is still fairly light weight. Using Kevlar® in our Flex-core layup adds a little weight, but saves some money. The extra layers of fabric and gel-coat finish makes these boats slightly more resistant to damage than our Ultra-Light canoes as well.

Dimensions

  • Overall Length: 18' 0"  (548.64cm)
  • Gunwale Width: 36.5"  (92.71cm)
  • Maximum Width: 37"  (93.98cm)
  • Waterline Width: 36.75"  (93.345cm)
  • Stern Depth: 20"  (50.8cm)
  • Center Depth: 14"  (35.56cm)
  • Bow Depth: 22"  (55.88cm)
  • Rocker: 1.5"  (3.81cm)
May not be the actual lines of the Champlain
Kevlar® Flex-core canoe shown with Standard Options, may not be the Champlain.

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