Withal, this boat is a good companion. It handled extremely well loaded, though it will weathercock in strong (over 10 mph) winds. By drilling holes through the royalex just below the gunwales with my leatherman we were able to lash the saplings in place. Memory now tells me, however, the Grumman, presumably because of its pronounced keel, was very easy to paddle solo, much easier for me than the Penobscot. I am large, at 260 lbs, my daughter at less than half of that is usually in the bow. An aggressive canoe with a hull designed around pushing the limits. Tandem, this boat is tender, and lake waves make it a scary ride while sitting. We also have a nice Kevlar canoe... but needed something for rocks and dragging... the Royalex delivers here. We have also run thru Class I rock gardens in low water with no damage. What finally prompted the decision was a sale at REI and realizing that the Royalex was no longer in production. I wouldn't recomend any trips longer than 2 weeks unless you are adept at light travel. Its 16 feet is useful for getting through bigger standing waves as well. My other boat is a 'glass Sawyer Cruiser, and it is in a different class speed-wise, but when we go somewhere we haven't been before, or for any kind of questionable condition, the Penobscot gets the nod. For running rivers, it does track well, holding lines through rapids very well but turning can be a lot harder than a Prospector or other river boats. It's a low-ish volume boat for it's length. It's a great price. With a sharp bow entry and a somewhat narrow beam, the Penobscot is a swift canoe, and the narrower profile helped with my reach across the gunnels when paddling. Biggest drawback was I had no control until I got up a little forward momentum, which may have to due with the weight of all the gear I had. This Royalex slides well over rocks. It has a narrow entry and is light for a Royalex boat - making it easy to paddle and to portage. It's light, fast for a boat of its class, and extremely versatile. The Penobscot paddles well solo sitting, kneeling, and especially well heeled-over slightly Canadian style. (Except for our friends' Smokercraft which is solid as a waterbuffalo and just as heavy). The Penobscot 16 does all those things and it looks great doing it. That lack of market presence would concern me re the effectiveness of its design. It is half of the current list price.Check the Old Town website for specs and contact me if any further questions.Very highly rated on Paddling.Com Royalex is getting scarcer by the day, and more expensive. Best guide is to consider your honest loading requirements and range of use when considering any canoe. Hence, keep it away from big water. I am hopeful to float the Willamette River from Eugene to Salem this Summer, and take my adult kids and spouses with me. I look forward to many years of comfortable paddling and fishing from this canoe. It looked like it had been through a war or something and put back together by savages but it paddled just fine. The bottom had scratches, but looked really good considering the abuse it took. Read Penobscot 16 reviews or submit your own review to share with the paddling community. The layers are bonded via vulcanization. The title had me wondering so I looked at the pics and immediately thought it looked like a Old Town Tripper 17, not sure why it was just my immediate thoughts. If you plan to abuse this boat at all, I recommend getting skid plates for the bow and stern. Decoy Package #1: 8 mallards, 4 wood ducks, bag. The Penobscot just rode up and over wakes 2-3 high no problem (although with some white knuckles!) I give it high marks for the following: (i) ruggedness, (ii) versatility (tandem or solo), (iii) weight (58 lb is light for a royalex boat this size), (iv) load capacity (easily handles multi-night trips), (v) good bang for buck (reasonably priced). The longest canoe in the popular Penobscot series, the 174 can track and glide through the water with ease. If a rock is hit, often you can feel the Royalex bend over the rock and slide right off with little worries. One caution - the bow flare is inadequate for large standing waves (class III or more). A couple years ago a friend of mine and I were paddling tandem on a 10 day trip on the Petawawa River in Ontario.We were skipping most of the portage trails and running or lineing the rapids.This is what I usually do and even if it's not faster, it's usually more interesting than doing the portages. In other words, have the heaviest person (me in this case) sit in the bow seat facing the wrong way, and the lightest person sit in the stern seat facing the wrong way. Reviews on Paddling.net stretch back to 1998, and not one of the dozens of reviewers rank the Penobscot less than a 7 of 10. That's why I'd only give it a 7 or an 8. The Penobscot falls somewhere between our Jensen and our Camper. The canoe works perfectly every time - no exaggeration. I snatched up a red one with aluminum gunnels. So it may be good for solo tripping, which I've not done. I've owned my royalex Penobscot 16 for about 10 years, and I've never seen a more versatile canoe. Remember when Kathy Bates rammed the VW Beetle in 'Fried Green Tomatoes'? Think about this when you look at similar models in other hull materials that weigh in at 85+ #. With enough cordage and a few more holes drilled in the right places we were able to rig a servicable bow seat. A retired desk worker in my late 60's, I wanted a craft under 60 lbs.. It's ready to go when I am. 16' Old Town Penobscot Canoe. I have been using my Penobscot 16 for my two trips a year, mostly into the BWCA, for about 8 years now. Looks really good, but wish it was the original green. Well I didn't really canoe when I was 8 - I hung onto a rope with my brother as my Dad paddled our 17 foot Grumman down the Clarion River in PA. I would have no real problem taking it through class I/II rapids (I've not yet risen to try class III yet). This is a product intended to last a lifetime. See pics for normal river rash and wear. Reading the reviews here, people seem to think it's tippy. I find it a little challenge on open water to keep it tracking straight but the trade off for all else that the canoe is, is worth it. I bought the plastic nose piece, "deck" from the local sporting goods shop from Old Town for $17. Seemed like a good boat for some of the northern trips I like to do. $500 That said, my Penobscot 16 has been soloed down many Maine rivers - the St. John, Allagash, Machias. We both give this canoe our highest recommendation. It is fast down-river with two dedicated paddlers though. The lack of initial stability did not bother either of us & we quickly got into having him lean a little to aid in turning. It seems to be more stable and tracks even better as a solo, sitting backward in the bow seat. It's still supple, but it is faded badly. Did 85 miles on Missouri's Current River last summer. Some of the roughest waters I've seen is in severe weather on the Mississippi where a wave can appear 3 feet above your bow, only 6 feet in front of you. Hope the fish are biting! We were pretty much in the middle of our 10 day trip with no one around to help and no other canoe, so we didn't have much choise, we had to get this canoe off the rock. The Penobscot is perfectly symmetrical, so the bow angle is the same facing forwards or back. Taking her on a 5 day trip to Superior National Forest this weekend with my son, who is finally old enough. It is pretty fast for a rubber boat and I am pleased with it. Bought this boat in 1993, for a Buffalo River (N.Arkansas)excursion, a five night trip with my 17 year old son. The Penobscot has two wood webbed seats and can be used tandem or solo. So on about the third or forth try the Penobscot started to budge, and then we couldn't stop, we gave it every ounce of strength we had left and she rolled up and came swinging off the rock and to shore on the end of the rope. It was the one that had my Penobscot and all our gear wrapped around a rock right in the middle of the main stream. As for durability, my old boat is made with three-ply Royalex which is a little heavy but holds up to abuse very well, can be fixed, and is buoyant, so the boat floats if filled with water. It is very fast, and maneuverable at speed. It will hold quite a bit of cargo. I guess I should give it an 8 after all it's been through, poor thing ! At 61#, it's the easiest of the three that we have to get on and off the car and down to the lake. If you can look past the small blemishes mentioned above, this is a solid canoe at a good price.Thanks for looking. See pricing and listing details of Penobscot real estate for sale. We had been lining the canoe through this nasty looking, rock studed class III kind of drop, and just when the boat was passing through the main slot the fairly sharp stern stem cought the current wrong, broadsided the curling wave at the bottom of the drop. Good Condition and perfect for duck hunting or family recreation. The canoe is a solid performer on all types of water. So I continued to paddle that same Grumman I swam behind at 8. Added skid plates after 22 years of use. A solo canoe may have been faster, but this canoe did what I wanted, carried a lot of gear. DECK HEIGHT. Planning ahead helps. The next time I go on a solo trip, I will probably rent a double-bladed paddle (maybe two in different lengths) and give it a test. Features While excellent in flat water, the design and Oltonar/Royalex® construction makes it very much at home in fast water It does everything well. Loaded to the brim she made the trip without fail and brought them home safe again. It is faster than most 16' boats, and handles very well with a full load when properly trimmed. The Penobscot 17' Royalex canoe is a great product. This boat tracks well, but does not turn as easily as more rockered boat will. I am looking forward to the next generation replacement material for the Royalex. Standing amidship, I pulled up on the gunwales and the hull snapped back in shape and down the creek I went. For occasional lake use it works better than most whitewater boats. Very nice condition Penobscot 17' Royalex canoe. Got out of a whirlpool bigger than the boat. A plastic 5 gallon pail of water in the front trims the boat out well for solo use. With us, and a weeks worth of gear we always seem to find the rocks the hard way. (We have mostly used it as a tandem in the past.) The downside is the boat scratches very easily. This canoe has a good design and is the most resilient and lightest weight canoe in it's price rage. He also is a monster who easily portages the discovery's 95 lbs. I was given $300 from my family to buy a canoe. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. We even found our lost water bottle. Expedition capable all the way. The water was smooth with hardly any breeze. Even misloaded, it didn't'let me down. With its shallow arch hull a novice paddler might feel the initial stability is lacking (it isn't). I also put this canoe on the lake, both tandem and solo. He is only 100 lbs & I go 220 so after about 30 min we turned the boat around & I sat in the front seat & he in the back seat. Our high quality Canoeing Canoes are thoughtfully designed and built to last season after season. With us guiding it, "Towanda" has rammed trees, rocks, docks, even taken rapids backwards. Old Town Penobscot 16 and 17 RX. As I recently completed an 8-day solo canoe trip in my Penobscot 16 (first solo), I was very interested in reading Tom Watson's. Read reviews for the Penobscot 16 by Old Town Canoe and Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers. It is not perhaps the best canoe for any one thing, but a hull that gives you access to the entire range of beginner/intermediate canoeing. It rides great with a bit of weight. By moving the seat back one seat length, I was able to use one existing set of gunwale holes and still create adequate leg room for my wife. From personal experience, unless there's a good eddy within reach so you can bail, keep it away from significant standing waves. Instead I applied it to a used 16' Penobscot and for 18 years have been the happiest canoeist on the river. The Old Town Penobscot 16 RX canoe is available from REI. However, this boat will not paddle as fast as the stream-lined kevlar boats of 16-17 foot length. This brings me and all my weight closer to the center of the boat. Always solo, except when I have my dog. It has performed as expected and as described by previous reviews. Mine has the third center seat, and it is decent as a solo. Lots of them. It will outlast us. I rated it 7 based only on my own situation and experience. In about year 3 I installed Kevlar bow and stern protection strips since that was the only thing that was showing a little wear. The Penobscot fit that pretty well. https://paddling.com/gear/old-town-canoe-kayak-penobscot-16-canoe OT has a rich history that predates Chestnut Co. but is also a strange company in that they seem to want to make a spectrum of quality, from Walmart to Lexus. REI customers give it 4.7/5.0 stars. My initial impression of the boat is a good one. Only 65 lbs. I paddled the Missouri river in 2008 and purchased this canoe for that purpose. I wanted to get back into canoeing after being a kayaker for a number of years. The ride is so smooth in the water. The thwarts broke and the boat flattened into a sheet of green ABS. The sale price appeared to be a bit of a deal, so picked up the phone and made the call. It isn't going to be mistaken for a racing boat, but it has fine entry and for a recreational, royalex boat it has decent speed. Made from three layer polyethylene, the Penobscot 174 is built to be durable and tough. This boat is also considerably lighter than my previous boat which was an Old Town Discovery which makes it a real pleasure when having to portage or load it on my truck. Bought my Old Town Penobscot 16' five years ago. I will definitely have to try it out. The sporting goods shop, Dom's in Livermore, CA, riveted the deck on for free about 15 years ago. We bought it for its all-around qualities and it has completely satisfied us. The Royalex is also quite ideal for slipping around rocks; it's very strong and takes a pounding well. It occurred to me that this style of paddling is much closer to double-bladed kayak paddling than my normal canoe paddling approach, which got me to thinking about the possible advantage of using a double-blade paddle when canoeing solo. Some of the rivers we paddle get strong,sustained crosswinds(25-30mph)so all of the boats were affected. But back to the review. Had room for a 6 man tent, chair, cot, sleeping bags, mats, cookstove, food, water(13 gals max)and more. At $949. SCORE! All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! The rivers there are very remote, wild, and free. This boat has made 25 plus trips to the Boundary Waters without fail! Skid plates installed on bow and stern keel line. I've had a Wenonah Voyager and Old town Keneo and kayaks. We are average sized, and were the only load at about 310 pounds, so that is light. Unless I’m missing it I’d like you to have a “Buy it for Life” category, or at least a tag. It's handled the white water well, both solo and tandem. Fast and stable with plenty of freeboard and a high carrying capacity. I was looking for an all-around boat and so far the Penobscot 16 seems to fit. I spent a bit of time in a Discovery 169 (stable, predictable, heavy and boring) before I bought my Royalex Penobscot. An aggressive canoe with a hull designed around pushing the limits. When you heel it over it more or less gives it the foot print of about a 12 foot boat and turns very easily. I had written to Old Town about our size difference and they suggested paddling one of their symmetrical canoes (which the Penobscot is) backwards. For the money this is one tough durable canoe. WEIGHT CAPACITY If I did it again I'd take the same canoe and go slower to enjoy the river more. Nice blue Old Town Penobscot 16 for sale.The canoe had some wear on the keel and also a few small cold cracks which have been professionally repaired using gflex epoxy.The boat weighs about 60 pounds and is Royalex material. The Penobscot seats were pretty low to begin with, so this only brought them down about another inch. We had less than a canoe length between rocks and little water to work with and the boat handled easily and kept us dry. I've pushed it through Class I-III whitewater, large windswept lakes and rivers, small rivers, marshes, multiday camping, downriver racing, photography and fishing. One of my future projects is to rig the penobscot for sailing. Old Town PENOBSCOT 16 ROYALEX Canoe Like Brand New - $950 (Evington) Like Brand New RED lightweight Royalex Old Town Canoe.Bought it and Stored it before they stopped making it but now have to part with it due to health.Remember when the time honored Penobscot canoe was made from Royalex not 3 layer poly.Model; PENOBSCOT 16 . It tracks well on flat water, so it's a good choice if you are looking for a versatile canoe. Obviously, there are specialty boats that are better for specific pursuits and conditions, but for an all around, general purpose boat that you can safely and comfortably use for camping, cruising, river running, and fishing under a wide range of conditions, the Penobscot 16 is worth serious consideration. If I only owned one canoe (heaven forbid), this would be the one. I've owned this boat for twenty years and love it for it's versatility. 16' Penobscot Royalex with vinyl gunwale trim. I bought this canoe used a year ago. The Penobscot 17 is an excellent choice for lakes or rivers that can still handle class II rapids with ease. Find the best Penobscot Canoe by Old Town, 16' at L.L.Bean. Buy one you'll see. The cane seats are hung with long #10 bolts and dowels, which is Old Town's method but leads to bent bolts. Try that with a flat bottom boat and it will most likely capsize. Towanda? I strongly recommend this boat. Overall it's just a fun boat to run. I've used it for fishing, day trips, weekend camping trips, lake travel, and 5 day trips through rapids. This canoe travels long distances well on flat water in windy conditions with two experienced paddlers. really like this boat. The boat does a great job. I usually take 2-3 kids on lakes, slow rivers, etc..the shallow arch bottom is great for stability, we've never tipped it over even with 2 kids leaned way over the edge trying to catch a turtle. it's not too bad to portage, adding pads to the yoke helps tremendously and I find I can portage comfortably this way. Giving her to him would be the only way I would give up my Penobscot. Your email address will not be published. The real beauty of this canoe, I think, is how easily it converts from a tandem to a solo. I bought a red 16 RX last year at the Old Town sale and have been very happy with it in the various capacities in which I've used it. Now I have a little canoeing experience, from my YMCA summer camp days, back in the early 60's, so I imagined, I was more than ready, my wife not so much. OK...we had our boat back now but it was mangled. It's always a dry warm boat. Make sure you store your Royolex boats in the shade, folks! Decoy Package #2: 1 Goose, 12 mallards, 4 wood ducks, 2 butts, bag. Luckly I was able to position myself in a place where I could tie one end of the rope to the center yoke,pass the other end under the boat, bring it up and over the top and toss it to my paddling partner who was still upstream on river right. It paddles relatively easily, tracks well, and turning is snappy if you heel it over. I just leaned that it was made back in 1994. I was very pleased with the responsiveness. I bought a Penobscot 16' a few years ago because I wanted a boat that would track better than my Old Town Appalachian and run rapids better than my Wenonah Jensen 17. My bow partner weighed about 240 lbs and I weigh about 190. This was an excellent purchase. A great all-around canoe. I've really enjoyed using this canoe both tandem and solo and my kayak hasn't seen much water since I got the Penboscot 16. You can definitely tell this is a mass-produced product. My Penobscot 16 is 20 years old. 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