Advice needed on Old Town Camper 16
Posted by: JimKl on Jan-13-13 4:04 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I would appreciate some advice from anyone with experience with an Old Town Camper 16 on longer trips. I need a canoe for week long trips - mostly flatwater. So, I expect gear,food, two adults, and 20 gal water (used in in FL)to be about 750 lbs - well within the range of a Camper 16, I think. But it seems cramped. I have done longer trips tripper/expedition canoes (Mad River, Weenonah) but never a Camper 16. There is one for sale nearby, slightly used, really inexpensive). Anyone have experience on a longer voyage with this boat? How does it handle in the ocean (little surf - I fish in the gulf))? Loaded with gear? I appreciate any comments.
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Old Town and capacities|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-13-13 4:16 PM (EST)
OT gives the Camper a capacity of 1200-1250 lbs.
OT Camper "capacity"|
Posted by: headwinds on Jan-13-13 7:22 PM (EST)
As a matter of fact, a couple of years ago when I saw the 1200 lb rating for the Camper in an Old Town catalog I went back and checked my older catalogs - they give the capacity as 900 lbs. I called Johnson Outdoors and received an email stating that they now use 4" freeboard. Sounds exciting!
I don't think any of us want that much|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-13-13 8:31 PM (EST)
excitement when the wind and waves come up! While the water might be warm.. I would personally prefer not to sink in the Everglades (which is not a cozy swamp but has merciless wind and high waves often)
Posted by: JimKl on Jan-13-13 9:02 PM (EST)
OK - I'm convinced - I'll look for a bigger boat. 4" of freeboard with only 750 lbs is too little. Plus, dragging through some of the shallower channels because I am a couple of inches too low in the water doesn't appeal to me. There are plenty of canoes on Craigslist locally - and I'll find a 17 or 18' model. Thanks for the responses.
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jan-13-13 10:04 PM (EST)
For a trip of a week or so, a 16 foot|
Posted by: g2d on Jan-14-13 12:14 AM (EST)
canoe will seem cramped for space. There just isn't enough floor space to get everything reasonably low, without having to pile one thing on another.
I agree 17 or 18 is better. |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-14-13 10:14 PM (EST)
I see lots of advantages with 17 or 18 and few, if any, disadvantages. No real reason to go with 16. Tandem anyway.
at least the last time I checked out the|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jan-15-13 5:55 PM (EST)