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  Posted by: mr_canoehead on Oct-22-12 4:11 PM (EST)

I wouldn't buy a new one any more, as they aren't great at anything.

I would jump on a 17' Grumman for $400 or so, though. They last forever, can be fixed, can be treated very roughly, and are the lowest-maintenance boats on the market. They tend to be stable and predictable.

I agree with GBG in that used poly just isn't worth it unless it is very cheap and you really really need to hit a bunch of rocks.

Used Royalex and Kevlar usually is a good deal, but starting with aluminum and then finding what you like makes sense (and a Minnesota2 is a very different boat than an Esquif Canyon)

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