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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.

Fourteen and a half feet is really short for a tandem canoe, especially if it is to be used for any kind of tripping. The Mad River boat is longer and slightly less beamy. Although neither would ever be considered "fast" I'm pretty sure the Jouney would paddle more efficiently than the Guide.

Both are made of 3 layer polyethylene with all its positive and negative attributes. The only positives I could foresee the Guide having (apart from being a little lighter) is that having less depth it would catch a bit less wind when the wind is against you. But you might want that additional freeboard if you load the boat up with 2 people and a load of overnight tripping gear.

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