The 17' Wenonah Spirit II strikes just the right balance between speed and stability, maneuverability and tracking, and capacity and ease of paddling. And in the Kevlar Ultra-Light lay-up, you have a boat that will have you smiling in anticipation of the next portage.
The Spirit II is a dependable, all-around canoe. It is a joy to paddle whether you are an expert or a novice. It is amazingly stable and marries that with commendable speed. This boat is an excellent platform for fishing or taking for an extended paddle into the wilderness. It has enough room for a goodly amount of gear and it is a great performer when loaded. It is one of the best all-around boats for folks who are larger and/or want to carry a passel of gear.
My buddy and I got the notion to explore the Yahara River chain from Rutabaga down to Lake Kegonsa and rented this canoe. We both had done some canoeing in our younger days and thought we knew what we were doing. There were a few good things about this canoe and a few not so great things.
It was light weight and easy to portage over Highway 51 and around the dam leading out of Lake Waubesa.
It cleared the bottom of the shallows with ease. A few times we touched bottom, but we slid right over like a snake. This is a great canoe for shallows.
Reviewed by: James N. from Chicago, IL.
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