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I own an Old Town Discovery Sport 13 which is similar to the boat you are looking at but shorter in length.
It "only" weighs 92 pounds but it is a handfull to wrestle in and out of the bed of my truck. Hopefully your children are big enough to assist you with loading and unloading otherwise you might find your canoe sitting in the garage gathering dust most of the time.
Once my canoe is on the water it is a joy to fish out of solo and only slightly less fun to fish out of with a friend. It is supremely stable and has plenty of capacity to hold fishing gear, a cooler with food and drink, and just about anything else you might care to bring along.
I row mine from the center seat. You can order a second set of oarlocks from Old Town and mount them anywhere you choose on your boat.
I also use an electric trolling motor and 45 pounds of thrust will be more than sufficient to move you around all day on a lake of modest size with a fully charged battery. It will also work fine on a slow moving river to power you back upstream to repeat a drift through a good fishing spot. It won't run rapids though.
Absolutely get a deep cycle battery to power the trolling motor. They are designed to be drained and re-charged repeatedly. You will destroy a car battery in a few trips by discharging it and recharging it.
Sears had a Die-Hard Group 27 deep cycle battery advertised for $ 99.00 this week, which is about as good a price as you will typically get for a standard deep cycle battery. Gander Mountain has Interstate batteries for about the same price, and both are good brands with good warranties.
As far as brands go both Old Town and Wenonah make a quality product. Everyone will tell you that lighter is better but everyone isn't you and only you can decide how much money you are willing to exchange for a lighter boat. If fishing and putzing around are all you want to accomplish then cheaper and heavier is the way to go, provided you have an adequate means for transport.
I hope this helped some.
Tim Murphy AKA GOOBS
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