The best characteristics of canoes and the best characteristics of kayaks are seamlessly melded together in this one-of-a-kind solo-paddling masterpiece from Mad River Canoe. The light-weight and durable Serenade 13 is the best canoe kayak hybrid on the market for 2013.

At first glance, the Mad River Serenade 13 doesn’t look much different from your run-of-the-mill canoe. It has the same shape of hull and gunwales and an open seating design. However, the unique single person seating system is reminiscent of kayaks and makes taking the Serenade out on the water alone a breeze. The seating system’s focus is definitely on comfort and ease-of-use.

The Serenade further expands on the canoe kayak hybrid concept with an open loading design that makes loading and unloading extremely easy. Adjustable foot braces, leg-lifter support, and a reclining, removable seat are also key features of the Serenade.

As for the boat’s feel, it is stable and solid in the water. It’s a very versatile craft that is quick and responsive for a canoe, especially moving downstream. The hull comes in either a wood or aluminum, though they are almost identical save for three pounds of weight (the aluminum version is the lighter).

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Recreational paddlers will find the Mad River Serenade the perfect fit for smooth protected bodies of water like ponds, small lakes, slow moving streams, and marshes, though the craft can function in wind and chop in a pinch. It is the perfect watercraft for those interested in fishing, bird-watching, or just plain cruising.


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