I have been offered my choice of a canoe for free. I have the choice of a Mad River Journey 156 or a Old Town Guide 147.
My wife and I would use it for overnight camping in slow moving rivers and lakes. I do fish out of a canoe after camp is set.
If you had only these two canoes to pick from which would you choose and why? Obviously price is not the factor. They are both used and been on the water 4 times just as demo's.
Thanks for the input!
Classic Freestanding Rack
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I haven't paddled either|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-09-13 5:07 PM (EST)
but based on the specs, unless a few pounds of weight is a major factor, I would go with the Mad River boat. I really dislike the molded plastic seats on the Old Towns.
Another vote for the Mad River|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-09-13 11:46 PM (EST)
We have a Guide 147, and though it isn't bad for short day trips, I (the bow paddler) find the bow seating position cramped -- not much leg room and I have to brace my knees on the gunwales. Kind of sluggish, too, and not much room to stash stuff. The seats are not all that bad. But we also got a 16' canoe last summer (a different Mad River model) and have found we much prefer it -- much more comfort for the bow paddler, better tracking and lots of room for packing. The longer boat is only a few pounds heavier but you will definitely appreciate the extra foot of length.
Short Tandem Canoes, and Seats|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-10-13 12:16 AM (EST)
Tandem canoes of such short length, in my experience, are just plain sluggish, so I'd go with the longer one. Even with the Mad River being just slightly longer, I think you'll notice the improvement. On the other hand, Pete may have a point about freeboard. Two big people, or two regular-size people plus camping gear may make you wish you had more freeboard, but whether that's the case or not, paddling an overloaded boat on a regular basis will sooner or later convince you to get something bigger, and then it will no longer be an issue.
What is the total paddler weight?|
Posted by: Canuka on Jun-10-13 11:47 AM (EST)
Such small tandems have little capacity and are easily overloaded. My wife and I are a "healthy" couple and together we tip the scales at about 420 lbs. We overload my 15' X 35" tandem with no cargo. It becomes very tippy and sluggish.
ditto others..go with the MadRiver boat|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jun-10-13 5:14 PM (EST)
For easier paths to the water....get one of the carriage-carriers for one end(2-wheel job), sorry can't think of the name of those things right at the moment.
Consider a 16+ foot canoe.|
Posted by: rpg51 on Jun-10-13 8:01 PM (EST)
I think it will meet your needs much better.
Posted by: luv2fly on Jun-11-13 5:51 PM (EST)
All perfect advice, I think we are going to demo the Mad River this weekend.
Posted by: luv2fly on Jul-02-13 8:13 PM (EST)
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone with the help and let you know we went with the Mad River.