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Nova Craft Canoe

Cronje 17' Aramid Lite

Cronje 17' Aramid Lite
Cronje 17' Aramid Lite
A fast, sleek tripping canoe that is great for big open water.
Nova Craft Canoe-Cronje 17' Aramid Lite
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The Chestnut Canoe Company designed the Cronje to be a fast, reliable canoe for people who have a destination in mind. While not as well known as some of the other models produced by Chestnut, it is rich in history and a very able performer. The canoe is named in honor of a famed Boer War Commandant General, P.A. Cronje, and the Nova Craft reproduction of this venerable canoe retains both the paddling characteristics and the tradition of the original.

Nova Craft's Cronje is ideally suited to paddlers who want to challenge big, open water by covering distance with ease. It has fast lines and excellent tracking, making it a joy to use when there's little time to reach a favorite campsite before dark. Cargo capacity isn't compromised for speed and the canoe handles well both with a load and empty. Its lower profile means less wind drag on the water and lower weight on the portage trail. The Cronje is most at home in landscapes with large open lakes like the famed Boundary Waters or Algonquin Park.

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  • Length: 17 ft 
  • Weight: 47 lbs 
  • Maximum Width: 35 in 
  • Center Depth: 13 in 
  • End Depth: 21 in
  • Capacity: 1000lb
  • Material: Aramid Lite

  • - Symmetrical Hull
  • - Shallow Arch Bottom
  • - Slight Rocker
  • - Fast Entry Lines

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Aramid Lite canoes are the lightest boats Nova Craft makes and are intended for flatwater tripping. Built by infusing Aramid cloth with their high impact resistant vinylester resin these canoes have great strength to weight characteristics. While they are ideal for wilderness trips involving lots of long portages, it is also wonderful just to have a lightweight canoe to put on and off the car. Nova Craft uses Twaron fabrics to give you the power of Aramid.