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PostPosted: September 12th, 2019, 1:42 pm 
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Anyone have any experience with this canoe? Seems to be a new model that was added to their lineup last year. In speaking to a rep at Langford, he stated that this canoe has overtaken 70% or their Prospector sales but I can't seem to find a single review online for the Ranger. In the Clearance section of their website, they state that they have several Rangers available.

http://langfordcanoe.com/2018/06/11/new-model-ranger-16/


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PostPosted: September 15th, 2019, 8:22 am 
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Well you aren't getting any feedback here which is unfortunate. I didn't want to be a negative nellie so I have not said anything yet, but personally I wouldn't buy Langford (new at least) because they don't actually seem to make canoes anymore they outsource all of their production.

See this recent thread of mine

https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... &p=431165c


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PostPosted: September 15th, 2019, 9:23 am 
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I get that subbing out the manufacturing and then slapping your name on the product can rub people the wrong way - especially when we are talking about brands with historical significance. That aside, I recently paddled a Canot Rheaume 16-6 Prospector. According to their (ancient) website they are a "proud partner of Langford Canoe, Canada's oldest canoe company." What, exactly they do for Langford is not detailed. And I don't know that the model I paddled was off of a Langford mold or if it was a Rheaume original, but it had a design flaw that I couldn't get passed: Just past the stems, along the entry line, was an indented crease where the flotation tanks were installed.

As for the Ranger 16 specifically, I have nothing to offer other than my opinion based on Langford's own specifications. It's got a freakin' 38" beam! "...extreme capacity, stability, speed and efficiency" - those things usually don't go together. Either they are defying the laws of physics or this is some vessel.


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PostPosted: September 15th, 2019, 10:32 am 
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I've seen numerous canoes with that same design flaw - not sure if it affects performance but it sure bugs me too :-)

I know my complaint with Langford can be seen as superficial - to me it is important though to have a manufacturer who knows their product inside and out.

I'm also an avid craft beer person and the same sentiment is common in that scene (contract brews)


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PostPosted: September 15th, 2019, 4:33 pm 
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scratchypants wrote:
As for the Ranger 16 specifically, I have nothing to offer other than my opinion based on Langford's own specifications. It's got a freakin' 38" beam! "...extreme capacity, stability, speed and efficiency" - those things usually don't go together. Either they are defying the laws of physics or this is some vessel.


That was my first thought as well. I had to click back and forth to make sure that 38” beam spec was for the correct canoe.


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PostPosted: September 24th, 2019, 12:29 pm 
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Thanks guys - I appreciate the input. I have the same concerns with the design but was curious if anyone on here had experience paddling one.


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