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  Pelican Potomac 14.6
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-02-09 7:32 AM (EST)
   Category: Canoes 

-- Last Updated: Jul-02-09 3:39 PM EST --

Anyone have experience with this canoe. They sell it at Dicks. I'm new to the sport and was looking for something inexpensive to start out with.

Thanks
David


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  It depends....
  Posted by: rambler on Jul-02-09 9:02 AM (EST)
on what you have in mind as far as what you want to do in the boat. What kind of activities, how many people and/or animals, how much weight, etc., etc., etc.
 
 
  requirements
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-02-09 10:04 AM (EST)
I was looking for 2-3 people for general lake/pond use and maybe some river use. I will also use it for some fishing. I'd like to keep it under 16' and around 80lbs.

This model seems to fit the bill, but I wanted to know more about it since there are no reviews anywhere.
 
 
  Well....
  Posted by: rambler on Jul-02-09 5:13 PM (EST)
First of all, I'll preface this by saying I haven't paddled that boat. I've seen it in Dick's, just wandering around the store browsing, and I have paddled boats that I would consider to be similar.

The first thing is the weight. From what I can find, the spec weight on this boat is 65 lb. The actual boat will probably be a few pounds heavier than that, but should be comfortably below your 80 lb limit. If you're going to trailer the boat, it won't be a problem. If you're going to put it on top of your car, you'll probably want help. It's doable by yourself, but it's not fun.

The boat might be a little small for what you want. As a solo fishing platform on ponds, small lakes, or slow rivers, it would be fine. You put 3 people in that boat, unless one of them is a small child, and it will be crowded. I think the listed capacity is 800 lbs -- but realistically you probably won't want to put much more than 500 or 600 lbs in it. For 3 adult-sized people, most people seem to recommend at least 17 feet.

As a short, fairly wide boat, it will be pretty slow. Again, it depends what you want. A leisurely cruise down a slow river, or just hanging out on a lake, it would be fine. If you wanted to cover any serious distance, you might look for something else.

I don't know what the price is. If it's under $300, you're probably not going to do to much better, unless you look at a used aluminum canoe, or are very lucky. If it's in the $500-$600 range, I would recommend you look for a used boat. Check the want ads here on paddling.net, check craigslist. You can probably find a much better boat for your money.

Anyway, like I said, I haven't paddled the Potomac, so you can take this for what it's worth.
 
 
  Purchased Old Town
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-06-09 10:15 PM (EST)
Thank you for the advice. I ended up purchasing a Used Old Town Discovery 169 for less than the Pelican.
 
 
  Glad to be of help.
  Posted by: rambler on Jul-10-09 8:02 AM (EST)
From what you are wanting to do, I think that boat is an excellent choice. I have an Old Town Discovery Scout, it's a discontinued model but very similar, and I get a lot of use out of it for the kinds of things you have in mind.

Enjoy!
 
 
  Pelican
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-22-09 7:32 AM (EST)
I have this canoe an I love it. I'm a beginner and think it's a great introduction into canoeing. My wife, son and I fit nicely. I fish it alone by sitting in the bow seat with a dry back 1/3 filled with water on the stern end and paddle backwards. Works great. I have a Honda Element and car topping solo seemed impossible. What I ended up doing was placing a 4" water noodle on top of the car and just rolling it on the roof. Same for getting it down. Hope this helps.
 

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