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B 17
Touring
NORTHWIND
B 16
 

B 17

Is it a Bomber? A Bell 17? A Bear 17? Could be any or all of them. We couldn’t follow the lead of every other canoe company and call this model a Prospector, even though it is our most versatile design. The B 17 will handle a month in the wilderness or carry the whole family for floats on the local river. You can load it with four barrels and enjoy its moving water performance on an expedition. Or you can enjoy its safe, stable reassurance while day-paddling when the two kids and Lassie are all hanging over one side of the canoe watching Mom land a walleye.

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Measurements

Length: 17’0″

Length/Width Ratio: 6.2

Width: 36 gw / 36 mx / 33 wl

Sheer: 21.5 bw / 14 ms / 19 st

Rocker: 3 bw / 3 st

Weight: 41 SL / 43 BL / 57 WG / 65 IXP

6″ Freeboard: 1200 lbs

Optimal Load: 400-700 lbs

Displacement: 2″ WL : 215 lbs
3″ WL : 370 lbs
4″ WL : 510 lbs
5″ WL : 690 lbs

Material Options

BlackLite:

Proprietary carbon outer with Aramid reinforcements. Combines the stiffness of carbon fiber and 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.

Color: Black carbon weave.

StarLite:

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.

Color: Northstar proprietary Aramid weave.

IXP:

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.

Color: Innegra weave

WhiteGold:

Colored woven polyester outer, backed by Innegra, with Aramid reinforcements and foam core. An alternative to BlackLite that is economically priced, but at the expense of some additional weight and lowered durability.

Colors: Emerald or Ruby

 

 

Aramid is the generic name for Kevlar.

Trim Options

Aluminum:

Bronze anodized gunwales, thwarts and grab handles; thermoformed deck plates; ash portage yoke; laminated, contoured web seats hung on ash trusses.

Wood:

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.