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I'm going to Anchorage, Alaska this summer for three weeks and will be renting or borrowing a canoe. The ones available as of now are a Royalex Old Town 17' Kennebec and a 16' Penobscot.
Use will be on rivers not exceeding easy class 2 and lakes or other open water. Some reasonably competent solo use (by me) and some tandem with another old guy with unknown competence.
I have some familiarity from years past with the Penobscot but don't think I've ever been in a Kennebec. Any general opinions on which might be the more suitable boat overall?
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Posted by: bushwacker on Apr-05-13 1:38 PM (EST)
The penny is the one you'll want to solo. It has about a 750lb capacity for when you tandom, so no too much gear. I haven't paddled a kenny
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-05-13 1:54 PM (EST)
K is better for |
Posted by: stevet on Apr-07-13 7:07 PM (EST)
moving water. Workable on flat but will take more work than P. depending on water size the 17 may be more reassuring....everything is bigger in AK. You certainly coud use the K if you want size/comfort.
stevet you are bringing back|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-07-13 7:43 PM (EST)
memories. I had to solo the Kennebec over 150 miles in five days on the St. John in Maine. That river is runnable mostly after ice out but only for two weeks. Its got lots of Class 2 and some 3 but lots of what we call "deadwater".
Are you planning day trips or|
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-07-13 8:22 PM (EST)
a lengthy trip? The 16' Penobscot is a really nice solo canoe but not something would want to paddle tandem with a boat full of food and gear.
Mostly day trips|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Apr-08-13 1:05 PM (EST)
I had fantasies of some long river trips but have eliminated them due to the difficulties and expense of bringing (on an airplane), buying, begging or borrowing a bunch of camping gear.
Given your options |
Posted by: stevet on Apr-08-13 7:44 PM (EST)
and having paddled/owned all, I would take the dependable, comfortable (handling and volume) Explorer. Use two people to carry it if it's really heavy.
Thanks for the comments|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Apr-09-13 2:16 PM (EST)
As the trip isn't until July, I'd be grateful for any other thoughts in the interim.