Posted by: osta.doc on Apr-04-13 9:08 AM (EST) Category: Canoes
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Hello to all,
Looking for some advice on a composite canoe for the Mrs. and myself. I have been looking at the Wenonah website for what I would say should be a 30% tandem/ 70% solo composite canoe.
Mainly for use on flatwater lakes, and I'd like something that could cover some water pretty quickly if I wanted to.
I used an Old Town Pack some and the "oil canning" (I believe that's what you call it) really bothers me, even sitting on the bottom, and it's not very quick to me.
I like the looks of the Solo Plus(center seat in place) but not sure about the size. I'm a big fella at 6'2" and 325 lbs, and the Mrs. at 140lbs.
I don't mind used, as composites are expensive, but in Ohio there doesn't seem to be a bunch of chances to do any "try before you buy" on new canoes. Heck, we don't have any nice canoe shops even.
Anyway, all of your help is appreciated.
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Posted by: bushwacker on Apr-04-13 9:57 AM (EST)
I use an old town penobscot 16 in the way you discribe
No tandem canoe...|
Posted by: Al_A on Apr-04-13 10:25 PM (EST)
is as pleasant to paddle solo as a good solo canoe. So your situation is tough one. I haven't paddled the Solo Plus, but I've heard that it's not very good as tandem for larger people, though it would probably be pretty decent as a solo for you. The Penobscot probably comes closest to what you're looking for. It paddles okay solo...not nearly as nimble as a good solo canoe, but acceptable. If you turn it around and paddle from the front seat facing backwards, it gains a little bit of maneuverability, but if you want more speed and optimum tracking ability, you'll need to figure out a solo seat somewhere closer to the middle of the canoe.
Have a look at Wenonah's Escapade...|
Posted by: sohojacques on Apr-05-13 4:01 AM (EST)
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Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-05-13 9:01 AM (EST)
Posted by: mrmannerz on Apr-05-13 9:51 AM (EST)
I solo a 16 ft royalex penobscot 2 or 3 days/week. I am 6 foot tall and 200 lbs and I fitted the boat with a kneeling board just aft of the bow seat - paddling the boat backwards, such as it is. Of course, while I see it as a good jack-of-all-trades canoe, it is an even better tandem boat...as long as my bowman weighs less than me...it gets tender with two 200 lb boys in it.
It would be best to get a solo and a |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-05-13 5:24 PM (EST)
tandem. But here are two possibilities.
Some Expert Paddlers Have Already....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-05-13 10:00 PM (EST)
....weighed in with their opinions here. I'm just an advanced beginner who's a big guy with a smaller wife that has been paddling about 35 years. There was mention for solos and I'm inclined to agree that's the BEST solution. My wife and I prefer to paddle together but in different boats. But, if you are certain you want to get a small tandem, here are some boats and things that have worked for me over the years.
WW and wife have a similar|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-05-13 10:22 PM (EST)
though I think not quite as great weight differential. Ignore his advanced beginner plea. He and she know of what they speak.
Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-06-13 7:16 AM (EST)
to endorse the views of WW & Kaymedic. In my household we have not been at this as long as either of them have. But we, too, seem to have settled on paddling together in separate boats. In your case it would give you the advantage of choosing boats that are well matched to paddlers of substantially different weights.
Rounded shallow arch?? Penobscot has|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-06-13 7:14 PM (EST)
a softened V profile. A shallow arch is rounded by definition.
If you are open to all options|
Posted by: mickjetblue on Apr-07-13 9:28 PM (EST)
then try an SOT. Right, a 14' tandem SOT will be the most forgiving when considering trim for your weight differences. And it will work for both 30/70 and 70/30.
Posted by: osta.doc on Apr-08-13 7:06 AM (EST)
Posted by: osta.doc on Apr-08-13 7:38 AM (EST)
what length would be the best solo that I should consider? That should have some bearing on a person's physical size, right?
Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-08-13 7:47 AM (EST)
seems to oil can in direct proportion to how flat it is. If you want to limit oil canning, do not buy a flat bottom Royalex boat.
Royalex and Hull Flex|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Apr-08-13 9:50 AM (EST)