Thursday, June 24, 2010

From the Wenonah Inbox: Waiting Patiently

I am an efficiency freak when it comes to tripping. I am the anti-traditionalist, the tech geek if you will. At one point in my career I was the guy who wanted to see the full Border Route in the BWCA in three days. Of course it took four but what the heck, Crane Lake to Lake Superior in four days? A lot of cool country to see. So now I have a family, I have a wife, a two year old and half the time I used to have to get fit and get loads of boat time in. That said however, my mantra on being light, nimble and quick has only become more relevant. I want a boat that will glide with every stroke, a boat that will haul easy as I am carrying both it, my gear and Tae's "Kiss me Elmo" over numerous 250 rod portages.

So my eyes wander over the new Wenonah Catalog and I come back to the old standby, the Minnesota II. The brain clicks, the history of the boat speaks for itself, however I want to super charge it. I pick up the phone and I place the order. Minnesota II. Graphite, Double Slider, internal skid plates please. I hang up the phone and begin the wait......

-Hansi J.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

From the Wenonah Inbox: MFPJS2680678 - still tripping

We-no-nah folks:

I thought you'd like to know that the We-no-nah fiberglass canoe I purchased in 1977 has, like its owner, a few scars but is still very much alive and kicking.

The wonderful memories this canoe has helped create could fill volumes: Mississippi, St. Croix, Lamprey, Moose, Potomac, Hudson, Mohawk, innumerable lakes and even the Atlantic Ocean (Well - not far out but still) many more - places I never should have gone but "had to". We won races, we caught monster fish, we survived rapids, we took weeklong trips and portaged innumerable miles, we got close to and into nature that would not have been otherwise possible.

My boys learned how to enjoy canoeing in this baby and I took my future wife on a moonlit cruise in it that helped "seal the deal". We slept soundly under it in rain storms, used it as a banquet table, towed it on the beach to transport supplies, set it up as a fish cleanng station much more.

This long term love affair is something I thought you'd like to know about. I'm sure many others have felt the same way.

For anyone hesitating to buy a We-no-nah, I'd tell them it's a no-brainer. Just do it and enjoy whatever life you can expereince - life is just better with a great canoe.

My plan is to now loan her to a young boy who loves the outdoors. If he gets even one more good memory out of it - it will be worth it.

-Frank J. Priznar

PS. The subject is the canoe serial number etched into the bow. The etching seems pretty unofficial but that is the only ID I have now. I bought it in Madison, WI. It was one of two - and I know where the other is!