The Northwind 16 offers a wide variety of paddling possibilities. This is the canoe for you: if you love day trips, but might load it up for a week; love fishing but might need to maneuver through light rapids; love to paddle with a partner but might want to go solo. The Northwind 16 turns on a dime, yet tracks as straight as a true north compass bearing.
Material options: StarLite, BlackLite, IXP (see below)
Trim options: Aluminum, Wood, E6 Carbon (see below)
Length: 16ft 6in
Length/Width Ratio: 6.2
Width: 32 gw / 36 mx / 32 wl
Sheer: 21 bow / 14 midship / 19 stern
Rocker: 2.5 bow / 1.5 stern
Weight (lbs.): 39 StarLite / 41 BlackLite / 61 IXP)
Optimal Load: 275-575 lbs
2” WL : 190 lbs
3” WL : 330 lbs
4” WL : 440 lbs
5” WL : 600 lbs
StarLite (Northstar proprietary Aramid weave):
All Aramid. Our proprietary yellow and black makes a stunning moiré pattern. Full wet bag minimizes resin and creates the lightest weight canoe available. Foam core, ribs and internal reinforcements make a stiff, efficient hull. The choice of flat-water paddlers everywhere. Exterior resin coated for maximum weight savings.
BlackLite (black carbon weave):
Carbon outer with Aramid reinforcements. Combines the stiffness of carbon fiber with the excellent tensile strength of Aramid. Our full wet vacuum bag and foam core allows us to artfully balance strength and weight. For those that want significantly greater durability than StarLite, yet value a lightweight canoe. Exterior resin coated for maximum weight savings.
IXP (Innegra weave):
Substantial Innegra with an inner blanket of Aramid. Innegra has excellent impact absorption, great flex and good abrasion resistance. A full wet vacuum bag makes a durable, reasonably light canoe. Multiple layers of Innegra with no foam core or ribs means a canoe capable of extended river tripping and expedition whitewater. An extremely durable lamination with far better performance than Royalex. Exterior resin coated because gel coat chips and cracks when subjected to substantial impacts.
Bronze anodized gunwales, thwarts and grab handles; thermoformed deck plates; ash portage yoke; laminated, contoured web seats hung on ash trusses.
Oiled white ash gunwales; sculpted and laminated black walnut and ash end decks; walnut and ash laminated contoured web seats hung on walnut trusses; walnut and ash laminated thwarts and yoke; stem mounted tie down loops. Laminated black walnut and ash creates a distinctive and refined canoe that is stronger and lighter. Wood trim adds 2-3 lbs per canoe.
Elegant carbon gunwales with integrated carbon end decks; walnut and ash laminated thwarts and flat yoke; walnut and ash laminated contoured web seats hung on walnut drops; stem mounted tie down loops. Full outwales mean a stiffer and drier canoe. E6 trim reduces a canoe’s weight by 1 lb. We do not recommend E6 trim for whitewater.