The Charles river is one of Old Towns staple canoes, this could be said of a few of their models, but this one really stands out from the crowd. Whilst offered in more affordable PE materials in a 15′ 8″ length, i am mainly referring to the Royalex Version which is so loved by the paddling community.
Ok it is not the whitewater canoe that many enthusiast may want, but it is the versatile expedition canoe for solo paddlers, a great weekend trip boat for couples and a family day craft for those with little’uns. The waterline is long and the Hull offers slight edging capabilities to encourage easier manoeuvrability. Tumbleholme sides keep the ride dry and the boat feeling incredibly stable even with moderate loads.
An overview of the uses i have sold this canoe for would include:
Estuary paddling, a chap lives near the severn estuary and wanted a canoe to feel comfortable in with his wife.
River Wye Canoe trips – family living at Symonds Yat wanted a lightweight canoe that Dad could handle on his own but coud also seat his two kids for river trips
Scottish Lochs – A chap who frequents the lochs and likes to explore with his faithful
The couple who just wanted something versatile to paddle everywhere; Canals, Lochs, Lakes, Rivers and Estuaries. As you never know where you might end up.
This canoe is just plain fantastic, weight wise it is about 28kgs which is not unmanageable for one person to get on and off the car, in terms of what most people will ever feel inclined to do in a canoe it is capable of. Offers the ability to navigate down sections of grade 2 whitewater.
Two last points – Yes it is laid out as a two seater as standard, but with the addition of an old town Snap in Centre Seat it can be turned into a 3/4 seater (dependant on the size of the extra passengers) Also if you do want one, never have a Royalex boat sent to you by courier, my store will not send them and those that do must get some amount of calls with damaged boats as couriers are not light handed with these 16 foot beauties. PE boats are fine as they are harder to mark but as Royalex is lighter it also scratches easier initially.