Explorer Kevlar

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Innovative materials enhance the timeless design of the Explorer, creating a sleeker, faster, more responsive and efficient hull that provides more stimulating performance for just about any paddler.

A sophisticated hybrid layup of Kevlar©, fiberglass, carbon, and core is shielded by a tough gel coat and formed into the moderately rockered shallow vee hull, providing the balance of efficiency and seaworthiness that has become the hallmark of the Explorer. This canoe is expedition-proven and expedition-worthy but fully accommodating for the family, the fisherman, or any aspiring paddler new to the sport. The Explorer KX is one of those rare canoes that can satisfy the most discerning paddler but also welcomes the developing canoeist.

Gunwale Avg Weight Standard Outfitting Factory-Installed Options MSRP
Aluminum 54 lbs/24 kg Contoured cane bow seat, Cane bucket stern seat, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles Skid plates £2499.95
Wood 57 lbs/ 26 kg Contoured cane bow seat, Cane bucket stern seat, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles Skid plates £2699.95
Pros
  • Predictable handling
  • Can be padded 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

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Length Width Depth Rocker Capacity
Gunwale @4" Waterline Maximum @Center @Bow @Stern @Bow @stern
495 cm
16'3"
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