Stellar Kayaks Debuts First-Ever Canoe | Canoeroots Magazine | Rapid Media

Meet the Dragonfly—the lightweight packboat you're going to love

Stellar Kayaks showcased the all-new 11.5-foot canoe called the Dragonfly, at Paddlesports Retailer 2018 in Oklahoma City. Rep Ben Lawry took the Paddling Magazine team on a tour of the new 28-inch-wide packboat, pointing out how suited this design is to pond hopping, camping, and toodling around on a local lake. The capacity of this small design is 440 pounds, so the options for adventure are limitless. 

The stable and lightweight Dragonfly is easy to carry and stable on the water, says Lawry. It features an asymmetrical shape for efficiency across the water, he adds. Wood gunwales come standard on the Dragonfly, as do ergonomic bow and stern carry handles. For the comfort of the paddler, there a supportive seat pan with a supportive back rest and heel pad and foot brace. The seat is situated rear of middle, which Lawry says helps keep the canoe's trim when paddling. 

The Dragonfly is made in Stellar's Excel layup, a gel coat finished Kelvar construction with foam core.

Stellar's second new offering for 2019, also featured on the showroom floor of Paddlesports Retailer, is the Compass 11 kayak. Paddling Magazine was surprised to learn that though the Dragonfly and the Compass look very different at first glass, the two designs actually share the same hull shape. It was two birds with one stone, according to Lawry. 

The Compass is a new venture for Stellar and is their first foray into the recreational kayaking market. Just like the Dragonfly, the Compass features a curved bow and clean entry lines. It boasts an open concept cockpit, with padded seat and water bottle holders. The stern features bungees for storage, as well as a large hatch for storing day-tripping or camping gear. 

The Compass is manufactured in the Advantage layup, a gelcoat finished fiberglass infused sandwich construction with a Soric core.  

Length: 11'6”
Width: 28.2”
Depth 13.4
Capacity: 440 lbs
Weight: 24.5 lbs
MSRP: $2,100
Length: 11'6”
Width: 27”
Depth: 11.5”
Capacity: 330 lbs
Weight: 34.5 lbs
MSRP: $2,300

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