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Explorer Ultralite

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The Explorer Ultralite rounds out the classic Explorer series with a canoe that not only embodies the iconic Explorer design, but also incorporates new, light-weight technology for an impressive combination of speed, glide, responsiveness, capacity and seaworthiness. The aramid hybrid / foam core combination yields higher mileage per forward stroke and easy handling off the river for an amazingly rewarding, low-stress canoeing experience.

Aesthetic features include the trademark bunny raised on the interior floor, a clear gel coat showcasing the cored aramid structure, and stained walnut trim for a visually stunning package. Inspired by the self-reliant lifestyle found deep in the Adirondacks and the Maine Woods of the Northeast and Canada, the “best all around” design of the canoe world gets a little better with the Explorer Ultralite.

Read more about the Explorer Ultralite from 'The Expert'. 

Extended slotted wood gunwales available 9/1/2013

Gunwale Avg Weight Standard Outfitting MSRP
Aluminum 45 lbs/20 kg Contoured web seats, Stained and contoured portage yoke, Shaped walnut carry handles $2899
Wood 48 lbs/22 kg Stained and contoured cane bow seat, Stained cane bucket stern seat, Stained and contoured portage yoke, Shaped walnut carry handles, Extended slotted wood gunwales $3119
Factory-Installed Options Additional Cost
Skid Plates $250
Pros
  • Predictable handling
  • Can be paddled in reverse for better trim with adult/child paddlers or solo paddler
Cons
  • Slower than swede-form hull
Pros
  • Most versatile hull cross section
  • Highest final stability
  • Superior rough water performance
  • Better tracking
  • Superior rigidity for increased hull efficiency
  • Can be “tuned" (track: paddle straight up; maneuver: lean hull into turn)
Cons
  • Wear concentrated at point of Vee
  • Lower initial stability
  • Slower than shallow arch in calm conditions
Pros
  • Good balance between maneuverability and speed
  • Most versatile keel line
Cons
  • Reduced tracking than straight keel
  • Reduced speed than straight keel
  • Less maneuverable than highly rockered

Aramid Hybrid Fibers

General

  • good resistance to abrasion 
  • good resistance to organic solvents
  • nonconductive
  • good fabric integrity at elevated temperatures 

Para-aramids

  • para-aramid fibers such as Kevlar and Twaron, provide outstanding strength-to-weight properties
  • high tenacity
Length Width Depth Rocker Capacity
Gunwale @4" Waterline Maximum @Center @Bow @Stern @Bow @stern
16'3"
495 cm
34.5"
88 cm
33.25"
84 cm
34.5"
88 cm
14.5"
37 cm
22.75"
58 cm
21"
53 cm
2.25"
6 cm
2.25"
6 cm
1100 lbs
499 kg
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