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Jun 5, 2016 6:41 PM # 
I assume Willderness can race the Big East but who's doing MRX with you? I'm trying to talk 'Bent into it (again). Do Algonquin Outfitters still have a good selection of fast canoes available for rent for MRX?
Jun 5, 2016 8:21 PM # 
Plan is to do it with John (tensor)
I think they still have a lot available.
We tried out 3. Cruiser, Keewatin, Winisk. Preferred them in that order. Cancellation policy is full refund with 48 hrs notice.
Jun 5, 2016 11:56 PM # 
Awesome! Not sure if our canoe is good enough. We're looking at the 24-hr version.
Jun 6, 2016 1:21 AM # 
I was going to try CdB as solo kayak, but this is on John's ' bucket list' ....

I have not used a canoe paddle for 20 years or so (outside of rafting). I wish I could use my kayak paddle in the canoe :-(

Started to get more comfortable after and hour or so.
Jun 6, 2016 2:17 AM # 
I've done lots of canoeing but I've only ever tried to race using a kayak stroke so I empathize. When we were thinking about MRX last year, I realized we should probably get different, lighter canoe paddles - also different PFDs since our kayak PFDs felt like they would eventually chafe with a canoe stroke. Our canoe gear is great for recreational trips but probably not race-worthy.

The funny thing is that our "racing" canoe is a 30-year-old Kevlar Sawyer Cruiser, which was made by Algonquin Outfitters before they launched their own Swift brand. Supposedly, they used the same mold for the new Cruiser. Maybe we should just send it for a major 30-year tune-up.
Jun 6, 2016 11:28 AM # 
Actually a carbon-kevlar Cruiser. It was da bomb when my parents bought it. They changed the light wood gunwales for heavier vinyl ones after some damage over winter outdoors.
Jun 6, 2016 12:27 PM # 
They don't even make them anymore apparently. The stock AO has now is the last of them... I couldn't even rent one from Swift G-Bay (near cottage) , hence the trip to Oxtongue.

... So your boat may not be as old model as you might think! :-)
Jun 6, 2016 12:44 PM # 
Ours is a Sawyer Cruiser, the predecessor of the Swift Cruiser. 'Bent's parents bought it in the 80s and it sounds like we'd better treat it well!

It's not our only canoe but it's the only one appropriate (maybe) to do MRX in.
Jun 6, 2016 6:23 PM # 
One of the staff was telling us that the AO Oxtongue location used to be the production facility for Swift and they still do repairs/rebuilds on all the old boats in the shop out back...
Jun 6, 2016 7:19 PM # 
I didn't know it had *stopped* being the Swift factory. Before creating their own brand, they made the Sawyer canoes there too. Do you know where their main production facility is now?
Jun 7, 2016 12:17 AM # 
nope... maybe it still is, but he was just telling us about getting repairs done and that it was the original swift production facility.. I may have made a 'leap' to thinking that there was a new one now?
Jun 7, 2016 1:38 AM # 
Just checked their website. Apparently, the boats are built in South River now. Glad they can still do repairs in Oxtongue. We should make a trip up there just in case we need that canoe in better shape. :)
Jun 7, 2016 10:28 AM # 
It would be nice to get 'er upgraded, maybe with nicer gunwales and seats.
Jun 7, 2016 7:52 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Sounds like you've got THE boat... worth putting a little money into and getting it back to lighter gunwales etc.
Jun 7, 2016 8:00 PM # 
It's got Noah's signature on it!
Jun 7, 2016 8:22 PM # 
Jun 9, 2016 5:00 PM # 
Swift's production facility is in South River.

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