I am looking at buying a used canoe soon. A person close to me keeps quite a few in stock all year round. The thing is pretty much all of them are aluminum.
He said he has one Old town tripper 17ft made out of royalex with the 1500lb capacity. All the rest are aluminum
Has a few grumman 17 and 18
one alumacraft 17
two smokercraft 17
one michicraft 17
Do I buy the old town or do I go with a aluminum? I want good fishing canoe for lakes and rivers with the possibility of a BWCA trip. If I buy a aluminum one what brand would you suggest and why?
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Dont get misled by capacity in the OT|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-14-13 4:42 PM (EST)
1500 lbs should read more like 900 lbs. But that is seriously more than you need in the BWCA.
Posted by: Al_A on Jan-14-13 7:44 PM (EST)
None are good Boundary Waters canoes. Just get the one that works best for your main use. Personally, I'd go with the Old Town over any aluminum, especially as a fishing canoe, since the Royalex is SO much quieter than aluminum. And if going with the aluminum, assuming all of them are in the same general condition,you probably couldn't go wrong with the 17 ft. Grumman.
strength isn't a issue|
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-15-13 1:42 PM (EST)
I'm 28. 6'1" 190lbs. Strength isn't a problem. I was actually looking into a set of wheels for portaging. I have been leaning more toward the OT also. I started to remember now how noisy the Aluminum canoes are just from dropping a split shot or something against the side of the canoe. It all depends at the same time what the guy has in stock when I go to buy a canoe.
You should know that|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-13 1:48 PM (EST)
portage wheels and carts are not permitted in the BWCA. One way around that is to buy what you will use at home and rent there.
Posted by: MCIMES on Jan-16-13 12:27 PM (EST)
As other have said the OT is probably the best choice.
Posted by: remintn on Jan-16-13 2:08 PM (EST)
Remember,you will need a place to store the composite canoes out of the sun lite.
Posted by: PlacidPaddler on Jan-16-13 2:26 PM (EST)
You didn't happen to mention the price for these boats. All boats have a price/value tradeoff. I assume he is charging more for the royalex ... but how much?
Posted by: ppine on Jan-16-13 4:03 PM (EST)
Al is right. Most large canoes can carry about 650 pounds. A Tripper might go a 100 pounds more.
Posted by: theflatlander on Jan-16-13 4:06 PM (EST)
I didnt realize that about the portage wheels. I just remember when I was kid portaging some of the lakes around ely. We had a guide and were in a boat and I remember then having wheels for the boat. Must not have been any wheres close to the actual bwca.
In that case|
Posted by: mcimes on Jan-16-13 4:29 PM (EST)
Probably can't go wrong with any of them|
Posted by: mickjetblue on Dec-01-13 7:55 PM (EST)
for a start, although I have not paddled all of them, I will put in a plug for the Smokercraft.