My 2 boys and I have taken it in quiet lake waters and on some rivers. I often stand in the boat while paddling to get a better view downstream. The boat had to be shipped from WA to NC and it arrived with very minimal damage (I actually expected more). I've owned a royalex explorer for 5 1/2 years. When I paddle solo or just with my dog I flip it and ride it "backwards". I paid $485 new, on sale. It is stable, carries a big load, truly an all purpose canoe. Easy to portage despite its weight due to excellent balance. I have had three - a 1987 Royalex 16.5 for over 30 years - a 1992 Royalex 16 that I sold last year and a 2009 16 Kevlar that replaced it. I paddled some aggressive class II and I soloed the 235 mile long Lake Oahe in South Dakota. Yes, it's heavy, but that's the price you pay for not worrying about bouncing off rocks, and I added a Teal yoke which greatly eases the carrying and looks terrific. It is the perfect recreational canoe for stability and ease to paddle. Though we had two strong paddlers, we couldn't keep up with some novice paddlers in the Northstars. One last thing - somewhere along the line, MRC decided to make the seats an inch or two narrower (bow to stern), so when the time came to replace the caned seats, I could not just buy off the shelf replacement seats without re-drilling the rails. Diese Boote weisen vom Herumschleifen (wer trägt so was schon?) Ash gunwales are great. ), took it for a six day camping trip to the Boundary waters and taken it through some whitewater in West Virginia. is too much for portages. I can highly recommend as one of the best buys under $600. I have a Royalex Explorer with ash gunwales. This canoe has been used every year since then, almost weekly on the New and James rivers and is still going strong. Die PE-Variante ist vor allem für Bootsverleiher interessant, aber – wie alle PE-Boote – wenig steif, dafür schwer. Once dislodged, the boat popped into shape,and we continued. 1996 model in like new condition. The only prolem to watch out for are the cane seats. We just took it out for the first time yesterday, and I was VERY impressed. Royalex FAQs; Warranty. Near New Condition Mad River Explorer 16 RX(Royalex) Canoe! Pros: can get back into it by myself if I fall out (seaworthy)... overall a fun and versatile boat, built like a tank. But the prices were right and I decided to look around. Wooden railed canoes are more prone to this than those with synthetic gunwales. which I also love, but the big boat is a dream for the wife and our child. It will carry two people and all of the gear you would need for a two week trip with no problems. I have paddled it solo,taken my buys for a spirited float down the Vermillion and loaded it with 4 people for a quiet Sunday afternoon cruise down the Kankakee River. This review is of a 16' MR Explorer in Royalex. I would certainly been on my third or fourth boat by now, had it been of any other materials. In der Version „Duckhunter“ ist die innere Vinylschicht grün durch gefärbt und die Eschensüllränder dunkel gebeizt. I got my explorer for a song $400. It is just the best all around rig on the market and holds its value. If the Kevlar Explorer is really a good buy, it will be light enough for most UK portaging, it will be a good lake boat, and it will be tolerable, for a 16.5' canoe, on whitewater. The canoe I am reviewing is 20 years old and going strong, however wood gunnels have to be maintained (this one had some rot in one end). Recently acquired pre-owned Mad River Explorer 16 for sale. 14; 16; Versatile. Mad River does a great job in trimming their canoes. It is a work horse tracks well and carrys a heck of a load. On the massive reservoirs of the Dakotas I found myself constantly among headwinds and big waves. My wife and I exchanged the Adventure 14 we had purchased (stability issues - see review) for an Explorer 16 tt. On the return 8 mile paddle we experienced high winds and large swells and the Explorer handled them with ease, even though heavily loaded. Now that I'm near 50 yrs. If in difficult conditions, specifically wind, you might want to move forward a bit more, perhaps with a drop in seat or kneeling. I bought the Explorer TT for myself and liked it so much I bought another for my kids. While heavier than many, we still managed to complete all portages in Canada's Provincial Park. Because it has a symmetrical hull, the boat paddles as well with a solo paddler in the bow seat facing the stern. It can hold two people plus all the gear or you can easily solo it (i fitted a kneeling thwart which gave more control). It is also too short and wide for only flatwater purpose. It had already had a long and tough life with the scratches to show. Royalex 16' Heavy but balanced and indestructable. The more gear the more stable it seems. It is a fiberglass layup nice color, eggplant I believe it is called. It's roomy for plenty of gear. I suspect the people that gave it great reviews haven't paddled many other brands. B. den Reflection 17 RX von Mad River Canoe USA, Farbe sand. For anyone considering any Royalex boat I recommend that you test paddle the boat before you go home with it. Downside of this canoe is that it captures too much wind when paddling in lakes. It handles well, turns well, tracks well. The canoe has hardwood trim and cane seats. Für mich entwickelt dieses Boot seine besonderen Qualitäten beim Poling. It is very similar to the Mad River Explorer 16' Royalex canoe (though the Duck Hunter is in green). I had the chance to borrow one of these from a friend before purchase... glad I did. Due to it's flared hull you don't get spray inside canoe. A waste of time and money. The best aspect of this boat compared to other similar purpose canoes is its V hull. Full Details *MSRP: $899 USD / $1,149 CAD While heavy, my wife and I moved it around pretty easily. I plan on keeping it around forever. Just purchased an Explorer 16 TT at Naturally Outdoors in Florence SC. I found that it tracked well enough to make good speed in flat water and had enough agility to handle rapids easily. Where this canoe really excels is in its load capacity. The shallow-vee shaped hull makes it extraordinarily seaworthy, while this stiff yet lightweight fiberglass composite hull option offers durability and efficiency for budget conscious canoeists. only regret is that i did not buy a kevlar explorer 16, as i am now in my mid-50's and the explorer 17 weighs in at about 74 lbs. It is an excellent all-round canoe. It is a joy to handle for two people and I'm able to solo if I kneel down. MR's stated capacity of 1100 lbs is a misleading lie. Explorer 16 Reviews - Mad River | Buyers' Guide | Paddling.com Haven't even flipped it once despite some nasty waves on some big lakes. Same form as Malecite but 1' longer. I've practiced various strokes solo on moving water and find the boat to be responsive. If Mad River would have taken their time building the boat I would give it a 10. But I sold it for a lighter boat. Um diesen Widerstand zu überwinden bedarf es einer gewissen Kraftanstrengung. Other than two P.net reviews, I can find NOTHING on the boat. Royalex in wood. Die Bilder zeigen recht gut den Zustand des Bootes. My understanding is that what happened with my boat could happen to any Royalex boat. This is about the exact opposite I want in a family canoe. Excellent and very versatile boat... great for fishing, lakes, class I-II rivers (and higher depending on your skill). I use it mainly on rivers and it works well up to class 3(Chattooga section 3) conditions. I needed a boat that was tough as nails and would require minimal maintenance, and I needed a boat I was comfortable in for back to back to back days, sometimes spending 16 hours or more in my canoe at a time. Read and submit reviews for the Explorer 16. Very impressed with the ease of paddling and stability. I dragged this canoe for miles on the Red Rock River and Beaverhead in Montana as I was making my way out of the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri proper (it was early spring and the ranchers diverted most of the water out of the rivers for flood irrigation). Great handling from the rear seat. One of the gunwales was split in 1996, but I have glued it Looks great, paddles perfectly, stable, fast enough. I bought it at the Waitsfield Vt factory as a "second" for about $600. Only draw back is it's a 70 pound portage. In all of the trip, I don't think any of it was class III, certainly not difficult class III. The Explorer 16 is everything the other reviewers state. I was a little upset that the boat had so many factory blemishes. That secondary stability allows it to deflect big waves and stay dry all while keeping the paddlers in control. Kayak paddles are used by both paddlers and other boats still move ahead with just bevertails. MAD RIVER EXPLORER CANOE 16' 2003 - $2,000 (Rogersville) 2003 carbon fiber Mad River Explorer Canoe 16' is as new. This canoe as a family cruiser. This spring I purchased a Madriver Explorer 16' Royalex with IQ2 gunwale. Sie sind vermutlich noch nicht im Forum angemeldet - Klicken Sie hier um sich kostenlos anzumelden. I purchased a 2002 16' royalex explorer new from a dealer. In solchen leicht modifizierten Kevlar-Explorern wurden in den USA viele Poling-Meisterschaften gewonnen. Class 2 rapids and maybe a few yards of class 3, calm ponds, tight twisty creeks, log jam ridden rivers, wind swept lakes and acted on occasion as the ice bin for the back yard barbeque. The T-Formex Remake. The Explorer handled all rough water between Montana and the Gulf like a champion. Firstly, the boat is extremely slow on flat water. For our first canoe, we feel like we have a winner and look forward to many years of paddling fun. Wiegt mit Holzrand um die 34 kg. It tracks well and is fast, takes whitewater or large lakes with heavy seas, bounces off rocks, and its light. However, I've never found it to be unmanageable. The rock of the boat was similar to my kayaks and handling as similar as a can be in a canoe. Für denjenigen, der häufiger solo im Tandemboot unterwegs ist gibt es womöglich geeignetere Boote. Ausgestattet mit 2 Gurtflechtsitzen. From river to ocean, swamp to crick (yes I said crick) it's a great all around canoe. The only drawback is that the high gunwales, which keep you dry in rough stuff, catch the wind in flat stuff. I always j-stroked this boat, even when solo with my *gasp* bent-shaft paddle. Everything from multiple Class II and III rapids while loaded down with camping gear, to very windy conditions on the lakes were done with this boat. I purchased this boat used in May of 2000. I liked that it floated half way out of the water when full of water. Before you buy graphite or kevlar think about the emotional toll for spouse and kids when it gets dinged scratched or busted in the garage. Have paddled many canoes. The announcement of the partnership was made at industry tradeshow Paddlesports Retailer last August in Oklahoma City. Bell 17.6' kevlar was the easiest fastest boat I ever paddled. This a testament to its stability. My father purchased his royalex Mad River Canoe about 24 years ago from Appomattox River Company in Farmville, Va. I would highly recomend this boat to anyone who is looking for what is probably the best all around boat their is. BWCA) this is a good way to go as well as use for sculling for exercise. This boat was purchased with the intention of introducing my wife and two kids to paddling smaller streams. It was brand new but the dealer had had it for several years unsold. I am giving this boat an overall 8 for now as I it is handling exactly like advertised. I use it to guide saltwater fly fisher-folks in the marshes surrounding Long Island Sound. I had sort of thought about buying a canoe, but was not seriously looking. Every time you make a stroke, it make a squeek sound and the seat moves side to side. I won't hesitate to recommend it to any paddler! We didn't dump, but we were on very calm water and still felt uneasy. I am very happy with it. I never had or used a spray skirt with this boat. I've used mine for hunting quite a bit and it looks pretty beaten up from hauling 1000 lb loads down rocky rivers, in the fall when they often don't have quite enough water. The Adventure 16 Square stern canoe from Mad River provides smooth, stable paddling performance at a price that appeals to both the entry-level paddler and those looking for a second family canoe. All of my Wenonah's were better all around canoes. I had sold my trusty 17 foot aluminum Gruman and had been told this would be much better. They had a lot of cheap boats (not MR), and finally I got the guy to show me a rack of Mad River canoes. Awesome canoe. Don’t listen to stability or hard to control complaints, those paddlers just need to learn how to paddle. I couldn't be happier. They are bullet proof and can sit in the garden under a tarp for decades and be ready for action in minutes. It's a great tripping boat that handles Class III rapids with a full load. Our kevlar explorer is an old friend. I'm not sure I saw the true boundaries of what this boat can handle because I would invariably get spooked and get off the water, but I do know it can handle conditions way beyond what I ever imagined a 16' open canoe was capable of. It tracks well in the water and is easy to maneuver. I would not recommend doing business with Mad River. MSRP new with wood layup is $1679.00. If you choose wood bright work be advised the hull with outlast the wood by several times and you can switch to aluminum. I recently purchased the Explorer 16' in Royalex with IQ2 and cane seats from REI. Good manueverability for a 16 footer. Maybe a Kevlar would be quieter. It has great secondary buoyancy, so when you start to tip, the canoe often stops before the gunwhale touches the water. When selecting a model just pick how much you want to carry. Finde großartige Plätze zum Kanadierfahren und lerne wie du dein Kanu und die Zeit auf dem Wasser optimal nutzen kannst. It has a lot of good ideas with the integrated seats, cup holders, etc, and is a very attractive canoe. But what the hey, if I wanted this boat I had to order REI without seeing it first. Erstbesitz, gekauft vor etwa 25 Jahren. I'd never buy a longer boat. I bought my Mad River Explorer 16 about a year ago off of a Craigslist add. Es ist ein sehr stabiles Boot. The shallow V hull make this boat stable and allows it to track well, but it does not turn as well as it should on fast rapids. Just glides down the lake with little effort. Erlebe Mad River Kanadier. I recall a canoe camping trip on Lake George where most of the group was in Bell Northstars that they rented. Yes it is, this is a 2 man plus gear boat to reach the manufactures recommended displacement. It absorbs great punishment in white water, has tremendous secondary stability and performs technical manuevers in white water as well as any general purpose canoe I've ever paddled. I am selling my Mad River Duck Hunter 16 foot royalex canoe. I paddle solo quite frequently, and paddling from the bow seat (facing the stern), it handles very well in the classic "northwoods" heeled over style. It is a load monster. Adventure. In short it is in new condition. Go to dealer/ distributor and rent a demo. Wer auf der Suche nach einem handlichen Tandemcanadier für Tagestouren oder auch die eine oder andere Wochenendfahrt ist sollte den Mad River Explorer in die engere Wahl nehmen. It looked new when I bought it. No fear. This is an excellent canoe for all around use, doesn't excel at any one thing but does everything very well. Look no further. If you want a river boat that won't tip easily, this is a great boat. I had researched many boats before settling on the Explorer in TT which is a 3 layer poly. Its unique multi-chine hull design provides excellent stability, rigidity and tracking. This was the best all around boat, one could buy at the time. This boat is designed to be durable- On the James I once hit a boulder squarely with the bow at around 5mph with it loaded with around 700lbs including paddlers and gear. We had it out in windy conditions, on a lake where the waves were 2 - 3 feet. This canoe is up for anything. Royalex won't float at high when swamped. This canoe is very good compromise between stability (especially final stability), forward speed and agility. Mad River Canoe’s Explorer 16 Length: 16 ft 3 in Width: 35 in Depth: 15 in Weight: 44 lbs Capacity: 1,100 lbs MSRP: $3,399 USD / $4,349 CAD madrivercanoe.com. Timeless and Rugged. Where do your priorities lie? It is manageable to car top and carry most of the time. Canoes with fine woodwork are a tradition at Mad River Canoe. Wir bieten hier unseren Mad River Explorer 16' zum Verkauf. I think it's because the weighting on the canoe is so lopsided, it rides lower in the water and is more stable. I rented an Explorer and spent several days on the North Platte with it. Great store, very helpful customer service. The weight is not too bad (72? The v-hull does concentrate the abuse along that V, but the Royalex laughed it all off. It is an extremely versatile canoe and excels in most conditions. We did a winding river with many obstructions, me being rusty and not experienced in moving water and my partner with no experience were brushbusting and hitting everything in site with this boat. This is the one canoe to have when you can have only one. When I'm in it by myself, or with my 4 year old, it is rock solid. We did have a few close calls but never went in the water, which is saying a lot for the stability of this boat. Good on slow rivers too. My friend compained that he can probably paddle a house faster than my boat. Safe and beautiful...talk about STYLE...glenn. As a side note, I got mine with wood gunwales, which I like the looks of. 17 FT. EXPLORER - It's a great boat, but I'm sorry I bought the 17' version - now called the Duck Hunter. Great canoe in Kevlar w/wood trim. used mainly on tame lakes and rivers in michigan's lower peninsula. I would feel confident to journey with this boat anywhere I would care to travel. I suspect that it can deal with easier class III waters, but I haven't taken it there. October 15, 2019, 6:02pm #1. People plus gear probably approached 900 lbs on some trips and the boat handled that with ease and there was still plenty of freeboard. Das ist meines Erachtens eine ästhetisch äußerst gelungene Variante, die nicht ausschließlich Anglern vorbehalten bleiben muss. It was heavy to portage and the yoke broke on us but, we were quite pleased and would take it back for another trip. Auch das Gewicht ist für ein Royalexboot im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes „tragbar“. New To Canoeing? I found both initial and secondary to be great. This is perhaps the best all round boat out there. Replacing the wood gunwales on my 1982 Mad River Canoe. When lightly loaded there is a little rock blip from side to side when paddling. i pulled up to gravel twice today and yes scratches. Eggplant colored Royalex with Ash gunwales. It's the boat I most often lend because it is so forgiving and durable. Learn More. The keel allows you to lean to the opposite side you are paddling on for quicker turns. 14 foot tt explorer..don't know what to say...bought a new explorer about 8 weeks ago, handled really well in our estuary conditions, and i was delighted with it, until, last week with two adults, the bottom literally collapsed upwards about 4"!! So far I enjoy the IQ2 system very much. I have a chance to buy a royalex MR explorer 16 that appears in good shape except for gunwales and seat replacement. Though its service in my fleet it was a fish platform for ponds and small lakes. 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