Print Specs

Std Features:  Bucket seats, sliding bow seat, yoke, footbrace, flotation tanks, bow & stern thwarts, solo kneeling thwart
Options: Gunnel covers, black trim package, wood trim package, foam thigh pads, wilderness lash system, contoured yoke, expedition spray skirt. 
MSRP:   Fiberglass $1,745 CAD    Kevlar $2,395 CAD    Ultralight $2,550 CAD    Custom Kevlar $2,945 CAD   
SPECS:     Length: 16' 6"    Beam: 32"    31.5" (@ 4"Waterline)    Bow Height: 19"    Stern Height: 17"    Center Height:14"   
WEIGHT:     Fiberglass 66lbs    Kevlar 56lbs    Ultralight 48lbs    Custom Kevlar 42lbs   

For the past 20 years, the Tripper 17’6" has been Clipper's most popular model. We often had brainstorming sessions as to how to improve the Tripper, and in the end we decided to leave our best selling canoe alone. What we did come up with was a smaller version of the Tripper that also performs as an excellent solo canoe - the Tripper 'S'.

The Tripper 'S' is 16’6" with a four-inch waterline width of 31.5" (versus 33" in the Tripper). The canoe is asymmetrical with noticeable tumblehome that starts in front of the yoke and increases significantly towards the stern thwart. This results in a maximum beam at the gunnel of 32". The Tripper 'S' is a delight to paddle solo yet it still provides sufficient volume for tandem wilderness trips. It has slightly more rocker for its overall length than the Tripper, which makes it more maneuverable and easier to control when paddled solo.

If you are one of the many canoeists who find themselves without a partner on occasion , the Tripper 'S' is just what you have been looking for; it comes standard with a kneeling thwart for solo paddling. This thwart can be easily removed when not in use. You can order an optional third seat or a removable foam saddle in place of the kneeling thwart. Check with your Clipper dealer for pricing on these options.

Tripper 'S' Water Test:

Western Canoeing has been building canoes under the Clipper brand for more than 25 years. Its lineup includes a wide variety of "composite" canoes, constructed of both fiberglass and Kevlar® material.

The 16-foot-6-inch Tripper S made available for this review was constructed in the company's standard fiberglass layup and is a downsized version of the company's popular 17-foot-6-inch Tripper touring canoe. The "S" definitely stands for solo use; at 33 inches wide, the canoe is fairly narrow, greatly enhancing ease of solo paddling but adding an element of "sensitivity" when it's paddled tandem. (In other words, it helps if tandem paddlers know what they're doing!). The Tripper S is an outstanding solo-tripping or cruising canoe, however, with excellent speed (thanks to its relatively long waterline), tracking, and carrying capacity.

Quality fiberglass boats are light, stiff, and excellent value for the money, and the Tripper S is no exception. Our test boat tipped the scales at a very manageable 67 pounds and was the stiffest canoe paddled of the boats reviewed (the hull is reinforced with laminated foam ribs and floor). The Tripper S is also available in Kevlar®.

– Canoe & Kayak Magazine, www.canoekayak.com