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Review: Bell Canoe Works - Yellowstone Solo
The BCW Yellowstone Solo, billed as a utility solo canoe, and I have to agree that is sure meets that bill. I got to say.... "I love this canoe!"
I have put at least 500 miles on my Yellowstone Solo this year on rivers, creeks and lakes in Pennsylvania, the NJ Pine Barrens, the Adirondacks and the wilds of Maine and I surely feel I have put the canoe through its paces and it passed with flying colors.
Not to say that it is perfect, but I can say that I have very few complaints other than the canoe can be squirrely at times. This really complicates trying to Evel Knievel jump the canoe over a deadfall, fishing with renewed vigor, trying to take steady photos and definitely prevents you from poling the canoe.
However, the canoe's lightness is a plus on long mile and a half portages. Its speed and maneuverability is great for a 14 foot solo canoe allowing you to twist the boat around on tiny streams that would cause my Penobscot to become lodged between the banks and deadfalls.
My final verdict. The Yellowstone Solo performs best when used as a day or several day wilderness tripper. If you are looking for a good daily use canoe, I don't think you can go wrong with the Yellowstone Solo. It is what Bell say's it is -- an all round utility solo canoe.