Posted by: MCIMES on Jan-16-13 12:27 PM (EST)
As other have said the OT is probably the best choice.
No one has asked yet, what is your budget? Ive found great deals about once every month or 2 on craigslist. If you budget is around 400-600 bucks Ive seen a fiberglass wenonah spirit 2 in mint shape go for $600. a MNII kevlar Ultralight in ok shape for $650... Just saying that if you look frequently you can find great deals on middle to high end canoes. They only last an hour on CL, but if you're lucky or dedicated you can get A LOT of canoe for your money. The best time to look is approaching (march-may)
If you go with one on your list, rent a canoe for the BWCA. Im 27, 6'1", 190lbs, strong, and had an old town penobscot that weighed 72lbs for a little while. it was hard to carry. I can easily lift 70 lbs above my head, but when that 70lbs is spread out over 16', an odd shape, you have to maneuver it around and carry it for a while it gets to be quite difficult. going down to a 60lbs wenonah even made a large difference in perceived difficulty of portaging. My 29lbs kevlar ul solo now spoiled me. Being able to car top a canoe on foam blocks by yourself is hard to come back from.
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