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martian
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11/23/2020 12:39PM  
Soloing in a 3/4 empty canoe seems inefficient especially in the wind. So that had me thinking of this canoe. For me flat water at this stage in the game. At 5-11 170 and say 60 lbs of gear this should be a doable option right?
Any owners have any thoughts? Or pictures of yours loaded with gear would be awesome to see.
Thanks
 
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PVnRT
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11/23/2020 01:43PM  
I have tripped with a Trillium and think it performs extremely well. I'm 5"10, 165lbs., and carry two packs--about 35-40lbs. behind the seat and 15-20 in bow. It handles that well-balanced load without any problem. The other gigantic advantage of tripping in the Trillium is that when out fishing from camp with barely any weight, it is a joy! Nimble, and so light that you won't hesitate portaging into those teeny weeny offshoot creeks and ponds. Just curious, have you soloed with your Northwind 16 and found problematic? I used to own one of those in Royalex but only paddled it with a partner. One of my favorite boats.
 
martian
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11/23/2020 02:03PM  
Thanks for the reply. Sounds awesome! I love the NW16. When I solo it, it just seems like a lot of empty space. In the wind it is somewhat of a challenge. I'm by far from a great paddler though so that's on me. It would save weight and should be better in the wind.
 
PVnRT
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11/23/2020 03:16PM  
You COULD skip the Trillium altogether and opt for four-legged, faithful ballast in the NW16.
Enjoy your new boat.
 
martian
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11/23/2020 03:19PM  
Some day I'll have a four legged buddy with me. Right now I con my kids into going. They aren't always agreeable or available. I will need to sell a titanium road bike should I jump off this ledge. Should be interesting.
 
jillpine
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11/23/2020 07:41PM  
martian,
I bought a Trillium in 2019 as my first solo canoe. It is versatile and really fun to paddle. It is responsive, tracks well, provides stability in wind and waves, and it is fast. It is 24 pounds (aramid and aluminum). I don't think it is the best choice for a haul-your-dog-and-fishing-gear boat. The longest trip I've done is seven days - 50lb gear (35lb behind the seat, 15 lb in front), and I'm 5'4", 120.

Beth



 
martian
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11/23/2020 07:57PM  
I've read this canoe has tippy unstable feeling to it. Is this for real or just perceived?
To me they all feel somewhat tippy and not solid until you load it. I've no way to test drive one living where I do.
 
jillpine
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11/23/2020 08:24PM  
Initial stability is tippy, yes, but that's the kind of canoe it is. It's easy to get used to though, and is not a detraction because secondary stability is great. I'd rather have a canoe be tippy at the portage landing than tippy in the waves!
 
martian
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11/23/2020 09:11PM  
jillpine: "Initial stability is tippy, yes, but that's the kind of canoe it is. It's easy to get used to though, and is not a detraction because secondary stability is great. I'd rather have a canoe be tippy at the portage landing than tippy in the waves!
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Thanks Beth for the additional information. Casting and trolling is all I do when it comes to fishing. Poorly I might add so it shouldn't be a big issue. If I can get my order in soon I'll have some summer to adjust to it before my fall solo trip.
 
justpaddlin
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11/24/2020 11:22AM  
I've got 6 solos and have spent quite a few hours in my friend's Trillium on various Michigan rivers. I think it's quite a special boat, it's just exceptionally effortless to paddle. It will easily handle you alone or with your tripping load, my friend is your weight and has carried over 100 pounds of gear in his. It might take a little getting used to, the shallow arch hull is inherently friendly and stable but it's a pretty small (low volume) boat. One time on a pretty fast river I would have preferred a slightly larger solo.
 
11/24/2020 02:50PM  
I also own a trillium - newer one with the Carbon gunwales (E6). I am 5' 11" and low 170's.

I've tripped in it with the dog (maybe 40 - 42 lbs at the time) and a 30lb pack; it handles well and I love the light weight...easy to single-portage.

I fished in it and caught (among other finned species) a 41" pike.

It's the most stable of the three solos I own, though the Northwind Solo I had (sold it) was perhaps a hair moreso.

All that said, I suspect I will be parting ways with my Trillium. I bought a Magic and really love it - it wants to cruise about a half-mile-per-hour more than the Trillium. I can fish from it and the dog (now full-grown @ 50 lbs) is no problem. Took an hour to get used to the lower level of stability afforded by the Magic; did two solos in it and think it's going to be my boat of choice going forward. A PB Rapidfire might make my wishlist, but barring that I like where I am.

The Trillium is a fine boat and it will do what you asked with no complaints.
 
martian
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11/24/2020 07:07PM  
sns: "I also own a trillium - newer one with the Carbon gunwales (E6). I am 5' 11" and low 170's.


I've tripped in it with the dog (maybe 40 - 42 lbs at the time) and a 30lb pack; it handles well and I love the light weight...easy to single-portage.


I fished in it and caught (among other finned species) a 41" pike.


It's the most stable of the three solos I own, though the Northwind Solo I had (sold it) was perhaps a hair moreso.


All that said, I suspect I will be parting ways with my Trillium. I bought a Magic and really love it - it wants to cruise about a half-mile-per-hour more than the Trillium. I can fish from it and the dog (now full-grown @ 50 lbs) is no problem. Took an hour to get used to the lower level of stability afforded by the Magic; did two solos in it and think it's going to be my boat of choice going forward. A PB Rapidfire might make my wishlist, but barring that I like where I am.


The Trillium is a fine boat and it will do what you asked with no complaints.
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Beautifully awesome boats. Right or wrong I just basically ordered one. Same E6 trim level. In six months or so it may arrive. I just have to build a covered rack for the boats. Well, that and sell some bikes.
 
11/24/2020 08:06PM  
Good for you - you'll love it.

Now I am hoping Northstar will make the Magic with E6 gunwales...then I'll have to buy a new boat.
 
kona
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11/25/2020 10:33PM  
I would love to try a trillium. Carbon rails, wow.
 
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