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Phoenix Sport Utility Solo

Item #PHOENIX

By:NorthStar Canoe

Our Price: $2,395.00

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Phoenix Sport Utility Solo

Model + Weight
Star Lite 27 lbs 
Black Lite 29 lbs

Ted Bell's sport utility solo canoe. It as designed with rivers in mind, yet handles lakes comfortably.  It excels at everyting from backwater bays to gentle whitewater streams. Carries a load and maneuvers easily.

Length 14'6"
Rocker Bow/Stern 2.5" / 2.5"
Bow Depth 19"
Center Depth 13"
Stern Depth 17"
Gunwale Width 26"
Max Width 30"
Waterline Width 27"

From Cliff Jacobson:

NORTHSTAR PHOENIX REVIEW
The Phoenix is a larger version of the no longer manufactured Bell Wildfire/Yellowstone solo canoes.  Its extra volume is carried more forward and aft than in the aformentioned smaller boats which seriously ups capacity and whitewater performance.   Unlike the smaller Wildfire/YS which tend to knife through big waves, the Phoenix confidently bucks over over them.  I weigh 132 pounds and at first thought the Phoenix was too large for me, but with a good load it's just right.  I recently paddled the Phoenix 150 miles on the upper MIssouri River; my total load was about 265 pounds (no portages; we carried ice and went heavy) and the boat barely drew three inches of water and it never lost its lively feel.  LIke the Wildfire/YS, the Phoenix pivots on a penny without the need for extensive leans.  I rate the boat competent in high Class II where big waves and quick turns are the rule.  Add a spray cover and I'd trust her in low Class III.

Wind: One look at the comparably high-sided Phoenix and you may think it will be a handful in wind.  I found it wasn't.  Paddled empty (but well), there is minimal concern.  Add a light camping outfit and the boat cruises easily. There is no serious tendency to spin into the wind.     

If you want a do-it-all solo cruiser that's at home in the BWCA and well beyond, the Phoenix is a great choice.  Oh, did I mention that this canoe is gorgeous?  Important: Order the Phoenix with the HIGH seat drops.  Sitting low, with your armpits in the gunnels--or kneeling beneath a dangerously low seat (foot entrapment!) discourages control and defies smiles.

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