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“...We particularly like sitting on the bottom using double-bladed kayak paddles... ”

“...We opted for only one Oarmaster (the boat can be fitted as a double), because it's so pleasant for one to sit in the stern and kibitz while the other rows... “


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Heron 17 R

George & Bonnie Brengelmann, Washington
"...We bought a Kevlar® Heron recently. On the showroom floor, its lines pleased our aesthetic sense of how a canoe should look, and its weight of 42 pounds meant that the two of us could easily get it aboard our car or little power cruiser.
We had an opportunity to try one on the water, and what a fine canoe it proved to be! It feels right. Its extremely light weight makes it a dream to paddle. We particularly like sitting on the bottom using double-bladed kayak paddles...
Despite its light weight, it is incredibly stiff. The Airex foam core allows no flexing (oil-canning) of the hull. As owners of Easy Rider kayaks, we know how strong and durable their products are and expect this lightweight beauty to take more abuse than we'll ever expose it to.
The Heron also turns out to be a great boat for sculling. We are experienced scullers and have yearned for the chance to enjoy rowing on the still waters of harbors like Liberty Bay and Port Madison when we anchor there.
Taking a racing shell along is impractical. But the drop-in Oarmaster converts our canoe into an open-water sculling boat. We opted for only one Oarmaster (the boat can be fitted as a double), because it's so pleasant for one to sit in the stern and kibitz while the other rows.
It is far more pleasant to row the Heron with a sculling rig than to row the wherries we use at our rowing club. It glides through the water better and coasts farther after a stroke...
There's nothing half so wonderful as simply messing about in (small) boats... "

Rod Gillian, Oregon
"I am 64 years old and live in Eugene, Oregon, about two blocks from the Willamette River. My goals were to get a good lower- and upper-body workout, avoid injury, have fun, be able to go alone most of the time, yet take a friend if I wished, work out year-round in varying water and weather conditions, work out on flatwater and explore other stretches of the river, including those with some whitewater. At long last, I decided that the Kevlar® Heron 17 R with a removable Oarmaster insert would fit the bill.
I was right. With it, I met all my goals. It's a quick, safe, and easy way to work out in a beautiful place. I will probably do this for a long time, because it is easy on my body, fun, and never boring... just the opposite of training-room workouts.
Heron 17 R comes with two removable canoeing bench seats and a removable shoulder carry-yoke. It is a true multi-use craft for rowing, paddling, backpacking, and sailing.
I love my boat. I have a wonderful time whenever I use it and am on a high for days afterwards..."