One of the biggest disadvantages of aluminum is the carry weight. But if you're young and strong, and not portaging long distances, a used aluminum canoe would be fine as a first canoe. Many of us started that way, even the boat sluts and collectors.
I agree you should look for a used one. They don't age much and you should be able to find one for a decent price.
1 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Wabakimi Canoe Pack
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