Was thinking of buying my 11 yr old daughter a canoe for Christmas this year. She has been in canoes since she was an infant. Our family is outgrowing the Pathfinder and I think it is time to get her one she might be able to run herself. I was thinking of an Advanced Sraitedged Inflatable, seems small enough for a young girl to handle and safe in waters like the upper Tanana. Does anyone have an idea of another canoe that might be a better fit?
Clipper has a 14 foot prospecter that is a heck of a solo boat. In Kevlar it's very light to portage. My brother in law has one. I have a Clipper solitude my 10 year old daughter can handle.
I've always been a long-time old town canoe fan being from Maine, but I've discovered that Esquif is now the ultimate canoe manufacturer. For an 11 year old, initial stability is paramount, and something around 15-16 ft. would be best. After personally handling a presage in Whitehorse, I found this model to be superb, and one of the widest in the line-up in this length. It was a great balance of initial stability, and maneuver with a paddle. As I hiked the canyon in Whitehorse, I saw one handle boat-generated waves like a charm.