Heron 17 R
George & Bonnie Brengelmann,
"...We bought a Kevlar® Heron
recently. On the showroom floor, its lines pleased our aesthetic
sense of how a canoe should look, and its weight of 42 pounds
meant that the two of us could easily get it aboard our car
or little power cruiser.
We had an opportunity to try one on the water, and what a fine
canoe it proved to be! It feels right. Its extremely light weight
makes it a dream to paddle. We particularly like sitting on
the bottom using double-bladed kayak paddles...
Despite its light weight, it is incredibly stiff. The Airex
foam core allows no flexing (oil-canning) of the hull. As owners
of Easy Rider kayaks, we know how strong and durable their products
are and expect this lightweight beauty to take more abuse than
we'll ever expose it to.
The Heron also turns out to be a great boat for sculling. We
are experienced scullers and have yearned for the chance to
enjoy rowing on the still waters of harbors like Liberty Bay
and Port Madison when we anchor there.
Taking a racing shell along is impractical. But the drop-in
Oarmaster converts our canoe into an open-water sculling boat.
We opted for only one Oarmaster (the boat can be fitted as a
double), because it's so pleasant for one to sit in the stern
and kibitz while the other rows.
It is far more pleasant to row the Heron with a sculling rig
than to row the wherries we use at our rowing club. It glides
through the water better and coasts farther after a stroke...
There's nothing half so wonderful as
simply messing about in (small) boats... "
Rod Gillian, Oregon
"I am 64 years old and live in Eugene, Oregon, about
two blocks from the Willamette River. My goals were to get
a good lower- and upper-body workout, avoid injury, have fun,
be able to go alone most of the time, yet take a friend if
I wished, work out year-round in varying water and weather
conditions, work out on flatwater and explore other stretches
of the river, including those with some whitewater. At long
last, I decided that the Kevlar® Heron 17 R with a removable
Oarmaster insert would fit the bill.
I was right. With it, I met all my goals. It's a quick, safe,
and easy way to work out in a beautiful place. I will probably
do this for a long time, because it is easy on my body, fun,
and never boring... just the opposite of training-room workouts.
Heron 17 R comes with two removable canoeing bench seats and
a removable shoulder carry-yoke. It is a true multi-use craft
for rowing, paddling, backpacking, and sailing.
I love my boat. I have a wonderful
time whenever I use it and am on a high for days afterwards..."