Can add tarp around boat lip to keep rain out. I've have own many canoes and the Mad River Adventurer 14 really surprised me. Everyone who uses this canoe loves it. Its tan color allows us to fish on top of the fish without scaring them as much as my old bright aluminum boat. I've only flipped this canoe once while teasing a friend who had a bad tendency to lean to the side. The next day I called Mad River and told them one of the handles was broken. I would definitely recommend this canoe to a family that is on a budget, but loves family outings. The horizontal bar swings 360 degrees that is the genius of this device. I have taken it out at least ten times since purchasing it and most times I take it out on my own. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. I brought my dad, my younger brother and my dog. I must admit I had thoughts of selling or returning it to the store after my first voyage, but after I thought about it I didn't want to give up on it. It simply isn't tippy, tacks very well. Nope, no tipping. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I didn't really feel like paying an extra $200 for only two extra feet anyway. Overall I would buy again but now I'm looking for a one person kayak. It seems to be an awesome canoe, and at this writing I am pleased. This is a great purchase for the price and for a family that wants a starter canoe. I rocked it to the point of almost allowing water over the gunnels, but it resisted tipping. I am going to purchase a set of canoe stabilizers so that I don't have to worry about taking an unwanted dip in the water. We had read reviews where some people found this canoe to be tippy which had concerned us, but when we looked at the other choices available in our price range, this one still seemed to be the best choice for our purposes so we went for it. The stability is excellent even going through heavy power boat territory with the waves trying to knock us out the Adventure 14 won that battle. You have to try to tip this canoe. The multi-chine shallow arch hull design provides smooth tracking and comforting stability and is constructed with polyethylene for superior durability. For only having this canoe for a couple of years the bottom is a little rough looking - not like its close to rubbing through but it has more wear than would be expected. The 16 would be much better at carrying more gear if you wanted to do any extended tripping though. We just bought our first canoe, a Mad River Adventure 14, and it is GREAT! Second year with our Adventure 14 and we love it. I like how well it tracks. I then did find a excellent kit at sailboatstogo.com for 749.00. The secondary stability does seem to make up for it some. The rugged and versatile Adventure 14 is great for getting away from it all on lakes, ponds, and slow rivers. It's two steel bars that look like a "t" when mounted. As with anything (even your office chair) an unexpected movement will startle you, but I never think we are going to tip over. I first brought my little brother out and it was great. One word describes this canoe; AWESOME. The versatile canoe choice for getting started; great for sportsmen, families or as a second canoe, the Adventure 16 is an amazing value. Buy Sports Equipment & Outdoor Gear online and read professional reviews on Mad river adventure 14 canoe Boats, Kayaks & Boating Equipment. Next year I also plan to install a small trolling motor for times when I feel lazy about paddling!! After many hours of research we decided to buy a Passage 14 from Dicks Sporting Goods (the pared down version of the Adventure 14). So I think it is very stable. I have no trouble loading or unloading this canoe alone, its more awkward weight than heavy. Moderator. Very easy to maneuver. If your on the heavier side you will want a weight in the front if you plan on sitting in the back, which I've found works fine for me solo. It is not quite as stable however, as the Saranac, but stable enough. Took it on a 3 night down the James River. In the first instance I sat in the back at 235 lb with my niece in the front at about a hundred 190 lb this was very stable. Steers with ease, and moves easy in flatwater, slower against a current. The canoe is heavy but hoisting it up is quite doable even for 55 year olds. The seats are awesome and after a 340mi float my rear end was pain free with a the help of a stadium cushion. I wanted to get some opinions and real life usage on the better option. When solo I fish from it. As like all canoes and kayaks it has its place. Minus – It is difficult for front paddler to turn around and grab stuff behind him. Plenty large enough for two full-grown fishing men with room to spare. Tracking is exceptional. I bought the Passage 14 (which is the same virtually as the Adventure) on clearance at Dicks for under 300 with some bargaining. A great canoe for getting active; for sportsmen, families or as a second canoe, the Adventure 14 is an amazing value. Agree the seats are very comfortable and are a major selling point for this boat. Also paddling from the back without weight in front the wind will steer you fairly easy unless your moving at a fair clip. Also have a 30 Lb electric and that works very well too. 19 posts Mad River Adventure 14 Mad River Adventure 14. My opinion after having used it a week is very positive. I've taken it on a few trips but unless it's just you and one other person going on a one day trip you will need to to bring at least one more canoe to hold much of the gear. There are more stable canoes but come on, for the money you can't beat it. A great canoe for getting active; for sportsmen, families or as a second canoe, the Adventure 14 is an amazing value. This canoe is awesome. We were totally taken off-guard, however, at the tippiness of this little boat. Hard to clean out canoe because when it is turned upside down the lip holds water. Since 1968, West Marine has grown to over 250 local stores, with knowledgeable Associates happy to assist. I had two entirely different experiences. I used to use an old aluminum mini john boat. We took it out on a fairly calm lake & shared space with jet-skiers & motorboats so lots of wakes. My sister has two canoes, one of which is an Adventure 14 and after using it and her other, I had to have one. I took it to a lake nearby without weight in front and every boat wake had the front of the boat out of the water a good ways and slapping back down. Ps. Added a motor mount with salt treated 2x4 + 1/4" bolts with those really big washers so the plastic doesn’t warp and some of those locking nuts with the plastic inside. Good job mad river, Me LIKE! You can put it up on it's chine and still feel stable. Good tracking, decent speed. (and I'm a really picky kind of guy). A pair of glasses and some really nice fishing gear on the bottom of a lake can attest to this. Mad River Adventure 14 I have mad river adventure 14 (Roto molded poly boat not TT) that I fish out of. Then my dad wanted to give it a try, so we went. With two people is cruises right along. This is a great canoe and I would recommend it to others. Tracking is good solo with a little weight in front ie. I was very impressed with the canoe on my first trip. But me and my 14 year old daughter did real well in it. There is a small drain plug over stern rudder so you can empty water slowly. But it's a recreation canoe, so it's not supposed to be super fast. The multi-chine shallow arch hull design provides smooth tracking and comforting stability and is constructed with polyethylene for superior durability. I don't recommend that setup for long trips for obvious reasons. I fish the Fla. intercostal bays and I added 40 lb of weights in a heavy duty carry on bag giving me great control. I just purchased my Mad River Canoe Adventure 14 and took it out for the first time today. It seemed a little "tippy" at first but most new canoes fill this way to me for the first bit. There isn't a yoke, but I'm able to handle carrying it around. I have gone by myself and with some weight in the front end is great for getting around. Love, love, this canoe. I have sat solo in the back of the boat, which some people have said it was a problem for them, and had no problems even when boat wakes toss me a little bit. Ok enough about that and now about the canoe. On sale so we went for it, used it on lake pleasant in phx. After using it for the past couple of years, I couldn't be any happier with it. It's made a world of difference for me. Needs a couple of holes drilled in molded seats pieces for tie downs. I stood up, just for fun, no problem, not scary at all. Overall I am very pleased. I guess my 175 lb body weight was too much for it.. - tore thru the bottom where the seats are plastic welded to the bottom. I have so modified the canoe slightly by adding two flush mount rod holders in the stern. Not one mentioned bowing. The seats are very comfortable, which makes all the difference in a day trip. Add to wishlist Added to wishlist Removed from wishlist 1. I am worse for wear but am still alive to write this note. He sat in back and me in front. I took the Mad River down Etowah Falls (Class IV) smooth as silk using this technique. I was so impressed I bought the Synergy 12 for solo trips. Don’t buy a canoe if you don’t want to get wet; get a john boat. there canoes. Some people say it bends in the middle, the only time it would bend is when it was straped/racheted on top of the car unsupported, but it would pop back to normal. We have a lot of scratches on the hull now, but it seems to be holding up great. A little heavy, but my son and I can put it in the bed of my truck easily. It took me a little while to figure out what the difference was. It is roomy enough for two people plus gear comfortably. Much better canoes out there. My wife and I purchased an Adventure 14 as a family canoe. Molded, padded, adjustable seats feel great even after 4 hours (and I had back surgery), and there are plenty of cup holders and rod holders molded in. Come on Guys, ALL narrow, non-angular sided water craft are tippy! When solo sitting in the back you need a heavy weight up front in the bow, a bag of sand is ideal although a medium sized dog or child would do. Then go ahead and strap on the adventure 14 with whatever method works best for your vehicle. Although I have been on a few float trips in the Ozarks, this is my first canoe. As for the guy who says his is "bowing" in the middle, how is it being stored? If you want more room, get the 16 ft. version. Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2017 This is a very stable canoe, great for small lake fishing. The Adventure 14 is a recreational canoe made for cottage life. Today was the first day I put it on the water. He's about 70 lbs and should help weigh down the front of the canoe. I can handle it but it's never a breeze. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for Mad River Adventure 14.0 Canoe, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. I just have to say if your looking for a family canoe and a camping canoe look no further. After some research I purchased a single person canoe loader that mounts to your trailer hitch. Great boat for either. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! Very stable though it can be tipped if you try. 20 matches. I have seen this on two occasions. I always float solo in mine and it works great. Still take a cushion for your butt though. Any canoe or kayak is "tippy" to some degree, but I've had a 50 lb dog and a 2 year old moving all about in this thing (my wife was also in the canoe) and it was a great platform to paddle and fish from. Compare prices & save money on Boats, Kayaks & Boating Equipment. I originally wanted the 16 foot for more room, but we had sold out of them and hadn't received anymore and later learned we wouldn't be getting any more this year. Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2014. Very comfy, paddles nice, looks great. Mar 16, 2011 #14. This is a great canoe! There are no thwarts to tie coolers and clothes down in case boat swamps. I must be missing something on others who review a canoe and rate it poorly because it's "tippy". I have the Adventure 14 for a year now I live in Ireland and use it on lakes, rivers and a canal near me I love the canoe. The first day out it took some getting used to(not hard to learn, just finding the limits) The second day out my buddy and I floated the Missouri river from Kansas City to St. Louis in the worlds longest canoe race. Read reviews for the Adventure 14 by Mad River as submitted by your fellow paddlers. I have beat and banged it in the creeks but it holds up well. The canoe maneuvers all right too. And the boat is comfortable, the seats are the reason my wife let me get this boat, and they delivered as promised. I love this boat. Keep on mind that in this step you will need about 15 feet of clearance on the swinging side so plan ahead. Anyhow...I paddle this on lakes and in rivers...rocky rivers...that's why I bought it...I go places where I know I'm going to scrape bottom at times and (not by choice) bounce of the odd rock or two. It gives you tremendous recreation opportunities for the money. Lol. I'm not taking a canoe like this on those....go buy a canoe made for that. Very stable and easy to paddle. I use it mostly fishing on class I & II rivers and have had had many great experiences with it. At 75lbs, it does require two people to load and unload on top of a vehicle. I have had this canoe for over a year and haven't had any problems with it. Handles nicely, very stable compared to standard canoes and very durable. Or even Adirondack guide boats that you could carry around with a yoke, but this Adventure 14 is much too cumbersome to carry around with other than being towed on wheels. I Love This Canoe. Baloney, this canoe loves moderate whitewater. Perfect for flat water tracks well. Corey Senior Member. '16 Mad River Adventure Canoe with 2 Paddles - $699 (Missoula) We're selling our 16 ft Mad River Adventure Canoe and (2) Bending Branches Arrow Canoe Paddles. Wilderness systems is the leader in kayaks and they really did a great job building these canoes. Not much more to say about the Adventure 14. I also installed a small plastic cleat on the inside of the gunwale for the small anchor I purchased. A webbed storage pouch attached just in front of each seat is very handy (wish it was a dry bag), but will hold a zip lock easily enough. LOVE IT! I love this canoe. Be the first to review “Mad River Adventure 14” Cancel reply. This was a short ride (45 minutes) but we all had a blast and really had no issues with stability. Handles wonderfully whether solo or tandem. The tumblehome allows fore and aft paddlers to use a long kayak paddle. Keeps on working fine. Nice canoe... not tippy, and only bends in the middle if you store it with no support for the middle. It is faster and tracks a little better than its counterpart, the Old Town Saranac 146. All that being said I really like this Cadillac. Wish the design was more intuitive to allow storage under the middle seat. Appears to be very stable with the wife up front and myself in the rear seat. I can't imagine a better canoe for this. It may not be the quickest through the water, or designed for anything above moderate white water, but what you get is a stable, comfortable, well made canoe for not a lot of money. Never fished in it but it has built in outriggers on the inside. Don't believe reviews saying this canoe is not stable - while canoeing down the Oconee River in South Georgia today my friend and I experienced 30 mile winds with gusts of ferocious intensity. Tracks great. I WAS IN FOR A BIG SUPRISE WHEN READING THESE REVIEWS!! Much to my surprise, I could easily have tipped it. The Adventure 16 also offers more cargo room and speed than the smaller Adventure 14. All in all...this is a great canoe and it'll handle everything you can throw at it. I love the seats and back rests. I got rid of it before it bent so bad that I could not sell it. Fantastic. I read many reviews of this canoe like 5+ years old. Mad River Canoe Adventure 14' - $350 (Medina, TN) Mad River Canoe, Adventure, 14',set up for trolling motor, or smallOutboard motor, $769.00 new now $350.00. About 15 bucks each at dicks and well worth it. Very stable design. The weight issue of lifting it on and off my mini-van was solved when a friend of mine welded a few bit's on to my trailer and now I can load up the trailer paddles gear cooler etc and go any where to paddle easy load and unload. Shop, read reviews, or ask questions about MAD RIVER Adventure 14 Canoe at the official West Marine online store. The sharp shape of its hull makes it one of the most stable canoes on the market while the 14-inch length makes it easier to handle than longer models. and it did seem a little more tippy with him in it. Forget the bungee strap that comes with it because it is not sturdy enough to hold your canoe in place if your on a slant or hill. I felt like I was canoeing in a lounge chair the whole day. The manual specifically states "store it upside down on blocks or sawhorses." Some other guy rates it low because it won't do level 3 rapids? Seems very stable (we haven't flipped it yet :-). My wife and son and I all were able to sit comfortably and enjoy a casual fishing/fun paddle around the river. This canoe is all those things. I bought a Passage 14 about a week ago, I had read all the reviews and I noticed some people think it is tippy. The 14' Adventurer is more affordable yet as versatile as all but the Bell, and much more comfortable to paddle. My Adventure 14 now rests above my jeep, waiting to be taken out soon in this beautiful fall weather, or awaiting spring, or ..... whatever. Not only did they send me a new one in about 5 days, but the sent me a pair of handles!!! If I damaged this canoe, you can repair them easy, too bad to be fixed then I would buy another one. We are novices but really like this canoe. I've heard some folks say this is a good canoe for calm rivers but stay out of the rapids. My oldest son, 17, and I carry it easily. Not to much of a problem in 14 footer because back paddler can hand it forward. Other than that I recommend this craft for most. This has been one of our best purchases for quite some time! Small 2 stroke two horse power motor is pretty cool and it weighs about 20 lbs with gas. We usually turn straight into them though to avoid finding out. As to stability, you do have to keep in mind the difference between canoes and Canadians. Mad River Adventure 14. Shop for Mad river adventure 14 canoe Boats, Kayaks & Boating Equipment at Shopzilla. I am rating this as a recreational canoe not as a white water canoe or high performance canoe. 3 people found this helpful And it's a great rig! At first it seemed tippy but you really have to do stupid things to tip it, I know.. With PC pipe the floor rod holders are ok. 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