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jillpine
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06/19/2019 09:33PM

Thank you for all the help; hope to see you on the water!
 
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Jaywalker
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06/19/2019 09:46PM
Beautiful boat. Congratulations!
 
Jackfish
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06/19/2019 09:53PM
Nice choice, Jill. Looks like the perfect vessel for you. Nice portage pads, too. :)
 
jillpine
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06/19/2019 09:59PM
Thank you - it's a remarkable change from the Duralite, Royalex and Aluminum I've paddled and portaged. And the unforgettable 64 lb. MN IV rented in 2006!

Grateful to all those hulls, but when I stepped into this one and pushed off into the lake alone, I knew a whole new era had begun. I paddled the Firebird as well. It was a blast, but when the Trillium felt the wind, it said, "We got this, you and me. Paddle on!"

 
kona
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06/19/2019 10:05PM
Super. Congrats!
 
Ole496
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06/19/2019 10:09PM
Congratulations! Thats a perfect boat for you!
 
06/19/2019 10:47PM
Welcome to the club!
 
MidwestFirecraft
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06/20/2019 06:46AM
Nice! You can pour over specs on a canoe for months and get it wrong. There is nothing like being able to paddle it for yourself. Hope you are rewarded with many years of joyful paddling.
 
ParkerMag
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06/20/2019 07:02AM
As a current solo shopper myself, nice to see someone score happily! Pretty boat.
 
jillpine
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06/20/2019 08:25AM
MidwestFirecraft: "Nice! You can pour over specs on a canoe for months and get it wrong. There is nothing like being able to paddle it for yourself. Hope you are rewarded with many years of joyful paddling. "
Without the advice on this board, I would likely have not made the decision I did. I test-paddled the Northstars only. Had Hemlock and maybe some others been available, I would have looked. But in the end, I was so happy to buy a MN-manufactured canoe from a small MN business. MN is a great state and has provided me access to a wonderful education, career and family. I want to support that and give back to it.

I am thrilled with this boat. Thank you to everyone for the really helpful advice.
 
Blatz
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06/20/2019 08:54AM
Congratulations. Nice canoe
 
justpaddlin
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06/20/2019 09:39AM
Congrats on your new boat! Looks and sounds like the perfect choice. Are you sure you're going to be able to lift it?
:)
 
jillpine
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06/20/2019 09:51AM
justpaddlin: "Congrats on your new boat! Looks and sounds like the perfect choice. Are you sure you're going to be able to lift it? :) "
It is too heavy with two fingers, but manageable with four.


Here she sits atop my home's very own version of the Cherokee-Sitka portage landing pad.
 
Jaywalker
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06/20/2019 10:16AM
jillpine: "Grateful to all those hulls, but when I stepped into this one and pushed off into the lake alone, I knew a whole new era had begun. I paddled the Firebird as well. It was a blast, but when the Trillium felt the wind, it said, "We got this, you and me. Paddle on! "
If you think it handled the wind well empty, just wait until you load it up with some gear!
 
06/20/2019 12:12PM
It sounds like it will work well for you. I follow these threads as I also am looking to buy a solo in the near future. The Trillium is one on my list as I think it would work well for me at 150 lbs. and my typical tripping load of about 50 lbs. +/- a little.
 
4Miles
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06/20/2019 07:48PM
Congratulations jillpine!
 
06/20/2019 08:03PM
Sometimes it just feels right. Congrats on a nice boat!
 
06/21/2019 06:21AM
Congrats on the sweet boat. It's great for you but not so sure about tripping with a dog. Maybe with one pack in the back.

 
jillpine
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06/21/2019 07:03AM
TomT: "Congrats on the sweet boat. It's great for you but not so sure about tripping with a dog. Maybe with one pack in the back. "
Thank you, Tom. Agreed! I'm brand new to solo paddling. As such, this will be a dog-less adventure for now.
 
Driftless
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06/21/2019 11:27AM
Congrats! The proof is in the paddlin'! Nothing like a test drive!
 
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