gowithflow June 3, 2020, 8:42pm #1. Have seen a MD Exp 14 with very stretched straps once, but mine are doing just fine. It weighs in the neighborhood of 70 pounds which I personally think is too much for solo use. With a durable, foam-cored Royalex hull deadening sound and insulating from cold water, the beamy (39” wide) shallow arch hull of the Angler 14 offers rock-solid stability and a superb platform for hunting, fishing, bird-watching and photography. Its versatile design will help make memories for years to come. To qualify, know that I am a large paddler, 240lb, and strong. The MD Exp 14 is rated pretty close to an all purpose canoe that works reasonably well on lakes or rivers and from my experience that is very true. Use #madrivercanoes. It handled great, especially on the riffles. Purchased for just under $800. Mainly half day light river excursions. Thus I paid the extra $250 and got the Mad River Explorer 14. Take the Mad River Explorer 16 Royalex® canoe on a family outing, a fishing trip or an overnight float. I am thinking about a Mad River Explorer 14 TT. but is easy to handle. I do promise your item will be dispatched within working days . Bought on recommendation of our local canoe dealer, who was tired of playing warranty repair rep for Old Town Explorer canoes that warp badly in the sun or phase of the moon. To qualify, know that I am a large paddler, 240lb, and strong. This beautiful canoe has warm inlaid wooden gunnels and “gold leaf” labeling on the hull. What are we planning on getting: a OT Guide 14 for $400 or a Mad River explorer 14 TT for $700? It will oil can a little and flex at the middle bottom if you get grounded on a rock running a river, but it immediately bounces back as soon as you get off and shows no sign of damage once you get the canoe out of the water. Price: $1,100.00. Both models feature a shallow V hull with fairly flat rocker which provides excellent straight line tracking whilst remaining manoeuvrable. Availability: Out of stock. I would highly recommend this canoe for an individual or a couple. With the loss of Royalex as a go to material for canoe makers Mad River has returned to some familiar standby's. mad river explorer 15 canoe IQ gunwale. Amazon. Seats are just about the right height. I have the seats with the backrests so to go solo I just use a 5 gallon bucket with lid, filler-up and place in bow. It is perfect for inexperienced or experienced paddlers, well balanced, and very stable so it's hard to tip over. MAD RIVER ROYALEX CANOE - $1,100 (Cove city) Ash and cane trim, kevalar caps on ends..made for rivers and fast water..carbon paddles and nice vest (2 ea) go with it. 2 up on lake when swell kicked in was hard work on several occasions, and very unstable crossing on side wind, but did not flip over, taking bigger waves head on where possible, very bobby, would recommend 16 foot for lake and would recommend if taking on a lake to look at some kind of outrigger as a precaution. The Mad River Canoe catalog goes into a lot of detail explaining canoe hull shape that can really guide the beginner in choosing their first canoe. Any strong opinions ether way? See complete description . Portaging this canoe solo is a pain. I am a believer in Mad River Canoe’s. Delivered anywhere in UK. The spacious 167 is versatile and stable, with more speed and storage for longer trips on bigger water. It weighs around 75 lbs. Vinyl Gunwale with Optional Rotomolded Seats. It does what it was intended too. Also said he would not purchase a Mad River brand right now. Tongue oil has lightly been applied annually. Details: river, explorer, canoe, gunwale, parts, working, side, perfect, obviously, broken. Weight at 72 lbs is heavy for one though a tough soloist can portage this one alone. Read Explorer 14TT reviews or submit your own review to share with the paddling community. The time to purchase is now while we still have a FEW Royalex canoes available. Makes life easier when you can strap stuff down where it sits. The only change from new is some shallow scratches typical of use. Never had any trouble with cracking, but maybe I just got lucky and maybe it would have cracked as it got older. But once the wind picked up to about 15mph, severe weather cocking ensued. Designed to provide enhanced stability, the 14 delivers on that account and the multi-chine hull offers surprisingly good paddling ef-ficiency to boot. The dealer that sold me this boat said that Mad River has had a lot of trouble with there polyethylene boats. Royalex construction. … I got this to replace an Old Town Guide, which is also a great boat. Not a very good outcome, but based on other comments I've seen on the web, this is not uncommon with polyethylene boats, as least to some degree. La version élégante en composite du canoe Explorer 2016 est rigide et extrèmement légére. I paddle primarily solo, and have paddled a number of well known "great" canoes, yet when waters get rough, or flow downhill I always return to this canoe as my favorite. To go solo simply reverse the canoe and sit in the bow seat backwards (try that with a molded seat) and you are positioned great for solo paddling. Standar The Mad River folks have assured me that it is not normal and the canoe should be returned for warranty replacement. In short it is in new condition. Adventure 14. Mad Rivers customer service is the worst. This lighter and sleeker Aramid Hybrid Explorer edition offers more speed, acceleration, agility, and efficiency. The portage yoke is positioned for perfect balance. New. Prices and availability may vary between country and retailers due to VAT and other taxes. Best solo I've had, no warping hull contrary to some reviews I've heard. The canoe appears to be very tough and durable. See complete description . Hello, Looking to buy my first canoe. Mad River Explorer 14 & 16 TT. You can put a padded seatbacker in any position or direction whereas with a molded seat you are going to have problems on both of these issues. Mad River canoes are the best built canoes on the market, and this Explorer 14 Royalex edition is one of the toughest, most durable, maintenance free, fast and reliable canoes in the Mad River lineup. I got this canoe at the beginning of last summer. Purchased 1 1/2 year ago and only used for 2 trips (6 times in the water). Mad River Canoe Explorer 14 TT. Been stored in garage the whole time on a side wall hanging rack. Will be for my wife and small son. Two adults and 4 kids are pushing the limits for this canoe weight-wise (~900 lbs max, don't do it!) Read and submit reviews for the Explorer 14TT. Also, I pulled my Explorer 14's gunwales in 2 inches and moved the forward seat 10 inches closer to the center of the canoe for reversed, solo paddling. Nice and low. Have owned the Explorer 14 TT for two years and used it mainly on lakes, and a few rivers; only class I and maybe a few class II rapids. 06/14/2020 04:53AM. The Mad River Explorer 14 is a surprisingly great canoe. This canoe has been used every year since then, almost weekly on the New and James rivers and is still going strong. Because of Covid and the fact that I’m a lazy no nonsense type of guy if you want to look you better know what you want. totally water tight compared to roll up dry bags and of course attaches to gunnels in a mad river iq boat. This canoe has not been paddled in years. The Explorer tracks well, cruises on flat water and is seaworthy enough to handle chop, wind and waves with confidence. Does beautifully on rivers with the very moderate rapids we have run and well on lakes. The shallow vee hull is the best I've tried in handling confused and rough water, hands down. Serious buyers only. Needs gunwales and skid plates. All the performance of the Adventure 16, with added stability and ease of handling on and off the water. While the hull is quite heavy, I find I love being able to forget and abuse the boat. Product Code: 10054-133-216. It is stable, maneuvers well, and can be trimmed easily for one person use by simply siting in the bow. The Mad River Explorer 14 is a surprisingly great canoe. did manage to dump me out of the canoe when I leaned back over the end of the canoe to tend my fly line, (the canoe stayed upright). Typical polyethylene from Mad River. Prices are subject to change without notice. If you're looking for a 1-2 person canoe, definitely check this one out. old town charles river made from royalex is the epitome of open canoe design, very light weight but not made anymore as too expensive to produce. See details. After two years we have never tipped the canoe over, though my son (or me?) This boat is definitely a river boat. Now if I could find someone making this hull in S-Glass and Kevlar, I'd be a very happy paddler indeed. Thoughts on Mad River Explorer for first canoe. Don't make the mistake I did and try to solo this boat on a lake. New seats and yoke added two years ago. Want to show us your pics? The Mad River Explorer Canoe is available in 2 sizes: Explorer 14 & Explorer 16. Thanks . Because, I believe, I bought the boat before their position on cold cracks was clearly stated in their manual and warranty and by their dealers, they agreed to sell me a new canoe at half the cost. First river trip was solo overnight on the Rappahannock River, near Fredericksburg, VA. I got the canoe through REI, so I have no worries about getting a replacement, as long as one is available through the distribution chain. demanded we expand the line with a 14 footer. The IQ system makes this boat worth the $120 more than the Guide. My current canoe is a bright blue Madriver 14TT Explorer which is made out of a triple tough plastic. After that I just had to drill holes for the bolts on the canoe (again, used the current seat as a guide). Take a look. Mad river canoe EXPLORER 16 KX Mad River Canoe. A Fulton canoe trailer hitch swivel loader or equivalent; or a trailer will make your life a lot easier. See details. Because this canoe is plastic and so heavy, for a long time I tried to find a better "quality" canoe to solo, yet nothing else has ever put the same smile on my face or given me the same level of confidence as the Explorer 14. This just in...literally. 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