-- Last Updated: Aug-31-06 1:42 PM EST --
I am no doubt a novice. Having read this article I would not have purchased the canoe I did a couple of months ago. I purchased an Old Town Stillwater 14' (fiberglass). I spoke at length with a very knowledgeable person prior to making the purchase and the canoe has served me well. It has seen many outings these past couple of months. While it is easily scratched, that was something I was aware of going in, and is a small price to pay for the beauty it has brought me into. I would not use a fiberglass canoe for whitewater or fast river canoeing but for slow rivers and lakes it has been great. I would not tell people to stay away from fiberglass keeping in mind where it is best suited. My canoe weighs 55 pounds and is a so easy to get on and off the car that one person can get by just fine with it.