Jensen's Whitewater II rates as one of the best all-time, grand touring canoes.
Jensen’s Whitewater II was designed in the late 1970’s for down river racing. It rates as one of the best all-time, grand touring canoes. The Whitewater II owes its speed to a long waterline and sleek 33″ beam.
Its ability to glide effortlessly through the water combined with its high sides, make it ideal for lakes in BC’s interior like Bowron Lakes and Wells Grey Park. It tracks straighter than the Sea Clipper and is easier for paddlers to reach the water thanks to its narrower beam. The Whitewater II is a pure pleasure to paddle. Excellent on big lakes and rivers, the Whitewater II will take you anywhere you want to go.
We took our Jensen Whitewater 2 out for our maiden voyage on the North Thompson river. What a fantastic canoe. It’s brilliant. Fast, sleek, tracks exceptionally well, stable, and more than responsive enough in eddy turns for our racing purposes. It will not replace our Tripper as our do absolutely everything boat, but for river and lake speed…the reason we purchased it…perfect. I’m not surprised it was Dave Lewis’s choice for the Quest.
For an experienced paddler, particularly those accustomed to marathon canoes, the stability of the Whitewater 2 will feel solid. For new comers, other options like the Tripper will provide more confidence. It is a compromise one between a little more speed with the 33 inch beam, versus a little more stability on the Tripper’s 35 inches.
I should note that our model is cut 1 inch lower in the bow, centre and stern. It was calm today, so the hope is that it will be less effected by any cross wind.