Old Town Canoe
While excellent in flat water, Old Town Canoe's Penobscot's design and construction make it very much at home in moving water. A fine tandem day-tripping boat, the Penobscot 164 shines as a solo canoe for paddlers with higher skill levels who enjoy downriver paddling or wilderness tripping. Its straight-on speed, handling ease, and capacity are exactly what an all-around performance canoe should be.
Made from three layer polyethylene, the Penobscot 164 is built to be durable and tough. An aggressive canoe with a hull designed around pushing the limits. Nimble and quick the Penobscot 164 can run rivers with the best of them.
- Aluminum gunwales
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Nylon web seats
- Ash thwart and yoke
- Bottom: Shallow Arch
- Sides: Straight
- Rocker: Minimum
- Length: 16 ft 4 in
- Width: 37.5 in
- Width at 4" Waterline: 33.75 in
- Bow Height: 20.25 in
- Depth: 14 in
- Weight: 75 lbs
- Capacity: 1200-1250 lbs
- Material 3- Layer Polyethylene
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The Penobscot is the best all around boat (in my opinion). It tracks well if you are on a lake, it turns well if you are running small rivers. The Penobscot is a very deep boat, and I feel has a lot of space for camping equipment or more people. It is also fairly light weight for a Royelx canoe at 58 lbs, and lighter is always better for my back. Most importantly it really does paddle like a dream. It has a very fast hull speed, and good glide. All this means it doe not take a lot of effort to make the Penobscot go.
Reviewed by: Marit from Rutabaga Staff.
A very durable hull which is neccessary if you canoe our local freestone rivers that tend to be swollen with faster current hiding the normally above water level rocks during spring. Summer water levels tend to be low with many visible boulders and gravel bars. Sometimes you have to get out and pull your canoe in shallow water which is where the tough Royalex hull shines and its comparitive light weight is appreciated. More than adequate for the BWCA if you don't "bring your sink." Paddles almost without effort especially compared to local liveries typical "Discovery" canoes.
Reviewed by: David Willer from Hayward, WI.