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PostPosted: June 10th, 2020, 12:17 pm 
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Hi all,
I've been enjoying soloing as of late, and have a problem with lusting after canoes. Currently paddling a Swift Osprey, which I've enjoyed very much. My tripping ranges from smallish rivers (I have a Mohawk Odyssey), and canoe country lake tripping, which is where I use my Osprey. Am mulling purchasing a blackhawk ariel and wondering how it compares to the Osprey for flatwater tripping purposes? Because of my financial situation, if I were to buy the Ariel, I'd likely have to sell the Odyssey or the Osprey.

My current thinking is that if I really liked the Ariel for flatwater tripping, I could sell the Odyssey and use the Osprey for river tripping (I think it's expedition kevlar) for all but the boniest rivers.

Anyway, curious if anyone has experience paddling the Osprey/Ariel and could give me thoughts on the relative merits of both.
Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2020, 7:39 am 
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https://paddling.com/gear/blackhawk-ari ... e/#reviews

The Ariel is an elegant and heavy boat. It should not cost that much if the seller is realistic


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2020, 9:52 am 
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Here's the listing: https://duluth.craigslist.org/boa/d/ash ... 85038.html

Looks to be in good shape. Price seems in-line to me...Listed at 41 pounds, though I'm dubious about that.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2020, 7:03 pm 
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Too bad the stern wasn't shown .. That is the sexy part. I would be very dubious too about 41 lbs.

another review
http://www.codabone.net/canoeing/canoes/ariel.htm


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