When weighing up the conundrum, ‘how do we carry enough gear for a team of seven on a non-motorised 1000-mile river journey” there is one simple answer. Canadian Canoe.
Step forward, Mad River. Our Legend 16 was the perfect boat for the job, crafted from Royalex it was durable, sturdy, stable and has the perfect design to repel ‘wave splash’ - kinda important to keep gear ranging from a gas cooker to enormous CoppaFeel! boobies dry in heavy conditions.
At times we were joined by photographers and film makers on the journey and their position of choice was to film from the canoe. A stable base and plenty of manoeuvrability (not to mention the fact that there’s someone else can steer and paddle) made the Legend perfect for this.
The Mad River Legend 16”, so comfortable it hurts…
Although outnumbered by the Lakeshore paddleboards, the canoe was undoubtedly the keystone of our armada. Had she capsized we would have lost a great deal of our gear but despite storms, barge wakes, navigation buoys, violent headwinds and all manner of obstacles in the water she made it through without a wobble.
Stiffy and Em plough through the lakes at the top end of the journey in South Dakota.
With Miguel the filmmaker as a 3rd body in the canoe early on in the journey, the Mad River Legend 16 still didn’t appear to have any trouble.