I've had my Spirit II for 25 years and, as much as I love it for tandem canoeing, I love it even more as the platform for my Piantadosi Row Wing sliding seat rower. After much research, I bought a Wenonah spirit 2 in tuff weave, kevlar ends and bucket seat. And I've done everything with this canoe. After trying a substandard stand-in for a canoe trip, I knew I couldn’t last the season without a real canoe separating me from the water. There are lots of specialized canoes available that will do different tasks better than the Spirit II (straight line speed, load carrying, turnability) but none will do them all as well as this boat. On lakes it has enough speed to cruise nicely. My girlfriend and my sister took on a very stiff northwest wind on Bailey Bay of Basswood lake comming off the Burke Lake portage heading for Prairie Portage. We usually paddle on our local lake, but this summer we went to Missouri and paddled some of the Gasconade River. So you could say it also has good aerodynamic stability too. Paddle through any conditions with this durable canoe from Wenonah. This boat is in very good condition and has the usual scratches and scuffs, nothing out of the ordinary for a boat that is a 2009. Today we However, I will probably install some Kevlar stem guards since speed isn’t an issue. Location is approximate. I can solo it, take the dog fishing, or pack it for camping. Wenonah Spirit II – Royalex. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things. Kevlar is the best! Bay area. It does everything Wenonah says it does. Total weight 550#. I wrote a review praising my Spirit II ten years ago and guess what, I am still paddling it. The canoe handles well and is easy to turn, has decent glide. It does tend to catch and be turned by crosswinds, but all keel-less canoes do that. Out of the 4, this is probably the right choice for you. if you do go through with the purchase, i'd suggest … Center seat would be great, but would be hard to take two kids. Easy to fix as it is three separate layers. In a previous post I have asked a few general questions, questions that have been repeated ad nausium- “Which canoe for…”. Purchased in 2009, Royalex, webbed seats. I knew I we needed a lightweight canoe, stable for two larger adults and guess what was my first choice? (Plus a Border Collie.) Details More Classifieds. Excellent condition with surface scrapes on the bottom. Thank you Wenonah for your Ultralight Spirit II. Prior to paddling the Spirit I had a Sawyer X17 which my wife and I paddled for many years. And in the Kevlar Ultra-Light lay-up, you have a boat that will have you smiling in anticipation of the next portage. Spirit II’s are made with a choice of materials, we chose the T-Formex which weighs in at 73 lbs and is the canoe we always pick from our boathouse of seven canoes for our river trips. The Minnesota II you don't want to load much beyond 600 pounds. Amazing boat. I found the gel-coat will scratch easy, I pulled it through some gravel. With 9ft oars it rocks in a straight line and, unlike dedicated skulls' can turn on a dime! class two adults and kids a 2 and 4 year old I was only worried about tipping a few time but never did. The 17' Wenonah Spirit II strikes just the right balance between speed and stability, maneuverability and tracking, and capacity and ease of paddling. Royalex is the one you want. but I would be hard pressed to believe there is better. I bought my Spirit II to accommodate Mum, Dad and twin girls who, at 5 yrs, were finding my old 16' "Hudson" a bit of a squeeze and wobble. 2006 model, Royalex plastic construction. As I put some more miles on it I'll see if there is anything I don't like about it, but for now I'm really happy with this canoe. I would buy another if I lost this one. My 17' Sundowners also weigh in at 68 pounds. The Tuf-weave® layup results in our most durable composite canoes. The RX is holding up very well though. We were thinking of an 18' canoe but decided that 17' was less of a monster, could just about be paddled solo and with its extra width the Spirit would take the girls side-by-side. On one camping river trip, I had roughly 700 pounds in it between the 2 paddlers and gear. I took the seats out of this boat and moved the center thwart, I then installed a center seat to make it a solo. You won't regret owning a Royalex Spririt II except on a long portage! This canoe does everything and that's exactly what I need. Three free fishing poles included We stopped at Buttermilk Falls presented a bit more challenge (many barely submerged rocks) but the Royalex slid off any gotchas. It is a freighter with a heart of a cruiser. It was a sad day when I sold it a few years ago, but I needed to make room for my Champlain with the growing family. A new paddler fearful of tippy boats? Owned a kevlar ultra light with wooden gunnels for five years. Come up and try them out, or our kayaks and paddle boards, for $20/ 4 hours (Poplar Lake only). don't want to worry about my canoe. MN 55731. cart (0) my account Canoe Trips Contact us CALL US TODAY 1-800-223-6565. Approximate Location. No worries in class 2 plus with 2 adults with gear. Wenonah designed it to be pretty good at everything. Whatever you do, don't be tempted by the Old Town Pack 12. If I get another one, it will be Rx. This includes an incredible 60 mile+ trip and portage in the back country waters of British Columbia. ME: 6’3 250lbs. Craigslist Search, Craigslist is no longer supported The handling with my 3 small kids and my inexperienced wife is better than expected. For a 17' canoe in RX it is light, but this must be due to the royalex being so thin. All canoes are ‘as is.’ Canoes range from Waterworthy to Handyman’s Special. It is constructed with their Flex-Core layup which includes a Kevlar layer for extra strength. Great for day trips and good for extended trips. The Spirit II glided efficiently through the Main Branch Susquehanna's flatwater, and took the few ledges with aplomb. We sport a family of 6. This after 40 years of Old Town Oltonars, 16 and 18 foot, and a Pack 12 which was horribly tippy and tracked bad. For a 17’ I like the Spirit II. To lazy walleye fishing on Disappointment and actually being a joy to carry on 200 plus rod portages. It’s solid as a rock. We purchased a Wenonah Spirit II Royalex, Alaskan ivory with performance package plenty of room for extra gear. Spirit II options;-all may be dealer installed (except wood trim). It has good glide and great stability. stability, speed, and durability of this Royalex canoe. It's great!!! We purchased it in 2004 for our family of 4. I t is a great canoe. So my two cent summary: if you're larger paddler(s) and want the best canoe to fish for a few hours from or one you can easily stand up in, get one with a flatter bottom (like the Kingfisher). With probably 70 pounds of gear and neither of us are teeny people, the canoe handled superbly. Wenonah should offer a nine foot kayak paddle with this canoe. After moving to Alaska three years ago. Each Tuesday, we’ll highlight a company in Canoe and Kayak’s 2010 Boat Book. without a care for rocks. The dealer suggested the My wife and I had talked about getting or building an all-around touring canoe. I have three other tandem canoes also, all various brands. First, it doesn't feel like a Royalex boat. Before the Sawyer an aluminum canoe provided transport. Our spirit II in royalex performed great on an extended river trip. The boat tracks well and is very stable. No wonder Canoe & Kayak Magazine said, "if you could have only one canoe to serve all your needs for the rest of your life, the Spirit II would be one of the very few candidates.". Wenonah's Spirit II, a sleek all-purpose canoe made for multi-day trips, is available in several configurations. Wenonah's Spirit II, a sleek all-purpose canoe made for multi-day trips, is available in several configurations. The Roylex holds up well. As for running waves. After experiencing various hull shapes, I’ll probably never be happy with anything but an arced bottom. This is a very well rounded canoe. Padding with the wind the canoe should be trimmed with slightly more weight toward the stern. Canoe for sale: Royalex Wenonah 15' Heron Royalex Light and Strong - $1 (Va. Beach, VA) I am selling a Canoe it is a late model Wenonah 15' Heron, light (57 lbs) and durable Royalex & strong durable nylon webbed seats in excellent condition, asking $795.00 or best cash offer. i love my spirit 2. it prob weighs about 70+ pounds with all the gear i bungee to it while portaging. This boat is a good compromise. I like our Spirit II so well that we bought a second one for our son. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things. Got a great deal on a used Tuf-weave Spirit II. ... And I owned both composite and royalex Wenonah … No wonder Canoe & Kayak Magazine . My scale's broken, but I would guess it weighs about 60 pounds. Sure, it’s not as fast as the Wenonah Escape (17’6”) or the Minnesota II (18’6”), but it feels snappy and accelerates easily, even with a … I have owned a Spirit II for about 9 years now. I use it primarily for lake trips, such as the Boundary Waters and Quetico. I have had my Royalex Spirit II for 1 year now and it is a wonderful do everything boat. The J-18 paddles better solo, but as a solo the J-18 is almost impossible to turn unless you heel it way over. Handles well solo from bow seat. After 30 years of paddling I decided I was too old to continue lifting heavy boats on to a roof rack. does it all. The oil canning is quite bothersome. Its a definite 10 out of 10. One that would go and do the few things the Venom Racer wasn’t capable of. My wife and I love it. Last Visit: 09/27/2020 01:13PM Sort by. It's a reasonable weight for a 17' RX, and it's proven vastly superior to my friend's classic composite OT Canadien. Very light yet strong, holds a ton of gear and a breeze to paddle. Spirit II. It was just a few inches off the water, and we landed just fine. We love it! The Spirit II is a dependable, all-around canoe. Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, it's even more stable when loaded. We purchased a Mitchell paddle for my son. I have a Spirit II and have canoed in a friend's Sundowner. And my Royalex boat did come with nice looking wooden thwarts and a portage yoke. It is a dream come true for those who canoe lakes and moderate rivers and who need light weight, 42#. I've been paddling this canoe for about five years. My second Wenonah canoe. The hardest decision was between the Royalex Spirit II and the Kevlar (a mere I’m also a research fanatic. As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things. I've tripped it through Algonquin and Quetico and the Adirondacks, probably 40 trips. I wanted a high quality all around canoe that did not weigh more than 55#. “A perfect all-arounder,” says one tester. Compared to my Jensen 18 this boat has more initial stability, a bit more readable secondary stability and quite frankly glides and paddles very nearly as efficiently -- that latter point was a huge surprise to me. Picked up a used Wenonah Spirit II a few weeks ago in gelcoated kevlar with wood trim. We bought our Spirit II (royalex) last year at Canoecopia, so this has been our first season. Most of the compliments mentioned by other reviewers are valid, but there are some downsides too. The first time we put the paddles in the water, I turned around, and she had as big of grin as I did! In summary I am very pleased with my Spirit 2 - tough weave in a bright red Ferrari color! Wenonah Spirit II in Tuf-weave. Quite stable and maneuverable when loaded. Does well with kids. then. $400 difference due to year -end sale). Wenonah Spirit II 17’ – Good boat with a good reputation. Wenonah Escapade First Impressions - Duration: 4:53. If you like to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or just sneak around, this is the vessel. The Spirit II paddles beautifully. The Spirit II tracks better on moderate waters. Stay Still paddles great and is as tough as the day we bought it. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! You must earn your speed with a discounted cadence. At 54 lbs, it's not the lightest canoe for long portages, but for a guy in his 30's it's definitely doable. It does everything Wenonah says it does. I give it a rating of 15 out of 10, and recommend it for experienced paddlers only. I've never paddled an Aurora so can't comment about it. Without a doubt, it is one of the very few quintessential touring canoes on the market. After growing up in MN. I have had the boat out in a local bay, Tomales, and on one occasion it got very rough, 25 knots of sustained wind and a brutal 2-3 foot wind chop. The dealer suggested the Spirit II and we tried them both. And the canoes we’re building with it are capable of withstanding whatever you ... life, the Spirit II would be one of the very The seat in the middle is great for solo paddling! I decided that I would not need my canoe in Juneau, Alaska. We got the Spirit II in Tuf-weave Flexcore. straps across the roof it was solid all the way home (south of Pittsburgh). Even in heavy chop with swirling winds and waves rolling down the gunwales, we never lost control of the canoe. ... Wenonah canoe - $800 (Virginia beach) Wenonah Spirit 11 Royalex canoe in EC. The best canoe I have ever had. Broke a wood gunnel at the yoke. Wenonah Argosy (Kevlar Flex-Core); L: 14’6″; W: 30.25″; 43 lbs. I use it mostly in lakes and 2-3 day river treks. Great canoe! It's perfect for the kind of adventures we take. I've matched it with a classic composite Old Town Canadien, and the Spirit II was faster and less twitchy, but turned just as well. After going to the BWCA a handful of time and being in my late teens I bought what I could afford, a 100 lb grummand canoe. [all-purpose canoe] This bomber, versatile boat will see you through multiday Boundary Waters adventures or day trips on the local pond. - room for center seat and it moves right along. said, “If you could have only one canoe It's also stable as a rock unloaded. Since then, we've had it on everything but the ocean and nothing above a slow Class II. 17 foot red We-no-nah Spirit II canoe. After 2 years with my Spirit 2 (RX) I would have to say I agree with choire_dog. performed great fully loaded.This boat is fast,tracks well and maneuvers well enough to catch eddies even fully loaded.the best tandem river canoe ever.This is the boat of choice. We are the 2nd owner, built in 1997, the color is Aqua. I purchased the Spirit II in Royalex four years ago. Problem solved. Spirit II is a tandem 17' Wenonah Canoe that is made in Minnesota. I am a harsh critic generally but I urge anyone thinking about a canoe to check out a kevlar Spirit II. - Longer trip? I have canoe for many years - from 6 week long trips to Class 4 whitewater. Wenonah kevlar spirit II 17 ft canoe very light weight @ 40 lbs - $750. My son and I each weigh about 200 lbs. But you don't want all the weight toward the bow because you still ride up and over the waves. Its Royalex construction with wood thwarts and adjustable bow seat. I ended up giving it to a Umatilla guy and, last I heard, he's using it to run his nets. It isn’t the fastest canoe on the flat water but it’s stable. by Wenonah Canoe, Inc. from $2,099.00. If I lived in Minnesota, I would have a touring kevlar boat, but for multiple uses, this canoe is hard to beat. This one weighs in at about 57 pounds, so not an ultralight, but not a heavyweight either. Perfect for solo or double paddlers … The canoe steered well, and with moderate waves I didn't need spray decks - I'm going to purchase (or make) them anyway in the future, just for convenience. My wife and I purchased a Spirit II in kevlar flexcor the spring of 04. It's my first elbow paddle. Wenonah Canoe vice president Bill Kueper is enthusiastic about the growing inclusion of Esquif’s T-Formex, and so are we. I think that the Spirit II is the best tandem canoe made. For us it was between the Adirondack in Royalex or this boat. Several times a year we try to introduce people to the sport. Anyway we took it on countless day trips last year and stable are an understatement even with the dogs both in the 60lbs. When it's loaded with gear or kids, it's fine, but when unloaded it has no rocker at all. For now I love it! I was also impressed with the ease with which the Spirit II rolled over rocks on which I typically would have at least paused. Since the Cascade is intended to be used on whitewater we make it only in the most durable construction; Royalex®. The local dealer has a Sundowner 17, Aurora, and a Spirit II all in roylax, all about the same price. It was equipped with a third seat which I thought to be a little funny at first. Very solid with lots of room. The Spirit II has an indescribable good feel that only Wenonah seems to be able to build into thier designs.I find it very easy to paddle solo . The Spirit II Ultra is unbelievably light weight, beautifully made, comfortable, big, stable, fast, efficient, tracks great and turns ok. workmanship and design of this paddle (I use a 25 year old Camp Paddle and just Primary stability is acceptable, but secondary is amazing. Like a Swiss Army Knife, the Spirit II does everything. We lost two the weight is manageable – i'm not that big a dude, 5'7, 140#. Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, it's even more stable when loaded. In every condition experienced, the Spirit II did an exceptional job. This is a plus when paddling with a novice or child in the bow seat and all steering must be done from the stern.My Spirit has the tractor style seats which I find comfortable.My only complaint with the canoe is the fact that it does not come standard with a portage yoke.To install a yoke you must drill out the pop rivets holding in the thwart and then pop rivet brackets into the gunwales.This isn't to hard but time consuming and nerve racking since you are having to drill holes into your new canoe. was solid and it has had good reviews, but the size and the cane seats forced me I can keep pace with most other kayakers when using this nine foot kayak paddle. The yoke is just too light weight, I exchanged mine for a deep dish type, more comfort, more strength, more weight, more cost. It's the Sundowner model. 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