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wifishncanoe
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08/17/2011 10:12PM
Saved and saved, now I'm the proud owner of a Savage River Deep Creek. The canoe is even better than expected. Very nice speed, even with an inexperienced paddler up front. Turned well, not great,(about 3/4" to 1" of rocker) even in steady wind. Was very surprised at how stable it is. Initial and secondary stability are both very good with this canoe. My daughter could lean out over the gunnels and drag hands in water without any wobble. My wife that said she wouldn't go in a canoe because they are unstable. After watching our daughter be very comfortable in canoe, she decided that she would try. After half way across lake, she looked back and said she was enjoying the ride a lot. She is looking forward to many paddles in the future. Durability was a big question of mine. But I watched Savage River boats with the ultra light layup go down the Muskegon River all weekend without problems. The river is very shallow and rocky with a fast current. Talked with John Diller the owner of Savage River and he assured me of the durability, so we will see. A boat is made to be used. And last but not least, it doesn't hurt that is weighs about 32 lbs. Haven't weighed it myself yet, but will post weight after I do. Very pleased with my purchase.
 
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08/18/2011 12:03AM
Nice! Needs a "Flying Moose" on it! Your little girl looks thrilled!

butthead
08/18/2011 06:52AM
Looks like a really nice canoe, glad you're happy with your purchase. They are not too far from where I live.
gutmon
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08/18/2011 08:10AM
Nice looking ride. Congrats!
wifishncanoe
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08/18/2011 08:23AM
Thanks. The first thing my daughter said when I pulled up with it on the car was, "That is my boat too!". As I was paddling her around she just kept asking to Go Faster Daddy. It's great now that she is old enough to start enjoying my hobbies with me.
08/18/2011 08:47AM
Very nice canoe. I saw them at Canoecopia and can understand your attraction to it.
Enjoy.
Boppa
JoeWilderness
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08/18/2011 08:47AM
Congrats to you!!!! I am looking at a Savage River Blackhawk or Susquehanna, just have not paddled one yet. I am still dreaming and saving like you did.... Also saving for another solo;yet, the wife says that I better get the tandem first. After our second BWCA trip as a couple, she is hooked. I hope that your wife gets hooked as well or she will miss some great trips that you and your daughter will be taking together. Ha!
08/18/2011 08:59AM
Congratulations! Looks like a great canoe. Nothing better than kids enjoying a canoe ride.
wifishncanoe
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08/18/2011 09:01AM
The Blackhawk and Susquehanna will definitely be faster than the Deep creek, but the front seat area is a little to narrow for me(and any of my tripping partners). I also like the length of the Deep Creek at 16'6" compared to the others being longer. There was a Susquehanna there when I picked up the Deep Creek, I have to admit that I eyed it up quite awhile, but in the end went with the Deep Creek. From what I've read and talked with people the Susquehanna is every bit as stable as the Deep Creek plus being faster. Just didn't quite have the room for a longer boat.
BWPaddler
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08/18/2011 09:05AM
Love. It. Congratulations!!
JoeWilderness
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08/18/2011 02:36PM
Just please keep in touch. I would love to chat with you again at the end of the season. I sure hope you get to put some miles on it. Kim :+]
wifishncanoe
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08/18/2011 10:39PM
Official weigh-in tonight. 30.5 lbs. Carbon/kevlar lay-up with ash yoke, carbon gunwales, aluminum thwarts and ash webbing seats.
Frenchy
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08/19/2011 07:18AM
Like those numbers.
08/19/2011 08:52AM
Congrats!
08/19/2011 08:52AM
Congrats!
SevenofNine
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08/19/2011 11:34AM
Awesome, many happy days of paddling to you.
rlhedlund
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08/19/2011 02:09PM
Are you still on cloud nine? Congratulations.
wifishncanoe
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08/19/2011 08:48PM
I'm still on cloud nine. I think about it all the time. What local lakes am I going to paddle this weekend? What is going to be my first entry point with it? What accessories am I going to add? Will I be paddling it solo or find someone to go with? Probably spending to much time thinking about it.
kanoes
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08/19/2011 09:10PM
ok, ill ask. $$$$?
wifishncanoe
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08/19/2011 11:28PM
The canoe was free! But I had to buy a really expensive hat to get the canoe for free. At least that's what I told my wife. Prices are right on the web site. That's what I paid, saved about $300 plus on shipping by buying it while I was in Michigan watching the National Canoe and Kayak races on the Muskegon River.
08/19/2011 11:35PM
Nice.

32# sounds even nicer.

T
ZaraSp00k
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08/20/2011 04:38AM
I have been lusting after a Savage River for some time, very jealous!

yeah, the Deep Creek seems like a good choice for fishing
the Otegan, Savage, and Blackwater look wicked fast, would be interested to see how they stack up against my Wenonah Voyager
08/20/2011 03:31PM
Beautiful ride dude. Here's to you and the family enjoying many trips in it.
wifishncanoe
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08/21/2011 08:23AM


Took it out for a solo paddle on the Milwaukee River this morning. This is a picture of downtown Milwaukee. Not quite the same as paddling in the BW, but at least I was on the water.
08/21/2011 10:39PM
Sweet ride! Congrats! Happy paddling to you.
jb in the wild
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08/21/2011 10:59PM
You must have one BIG PIGGY BANK. She's a beautiful canoe enjoy.

JB
 
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