Beat up Wenonah adirondack
Posted by: aws316 on Nov-11-13 6:23 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Hello. This site is a wonderful resource! I'm glad I found it.
I have the opportunity to buy a VERY used '96 wenonah adirondack canoe for $250. There are some areas that have exposed fiberglass and a few areas of questionable patches, but it doesn't leak. It is outfitted for racing with padded contoured seats and foam drink holders. Also comes with 2 foam core bent shaft paddles.
This would be my first canoe purchase. I'm a beginner/intermediate paddler. I've probably paddled 500 miles in my life thus far.
My wife and I would use this canoe to take to local lakes and to weekend campouts. A buddy and I have also been toying with the idea of competing in the Texas water safari next year.
Would you buy this boat if you were in my position?
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I might offer $200|
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-12-13 7:32 AM (EST)
and see what happens.
Posted by: LeeG on Nov-12-13 2:22 PM (EST)
The problem I saw was that the stern paddler sits far back and when a heavy paddler got in first they'd often flip right out. It's not tippy it doesn't tolerate unbalanced loads well.
Don't get it for racing|
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-12-13 9:42 AM (EST)
Mmmm...a little rough...|
Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Nov-13-13 12:50 PM (EST)
...for $250 - but what about the paddles? What brand of paddle? What kind of shape are they in? Depending on that, it might be a fair deal.
Posted by: aws316 on Nov-14-13 7:30 PM (EST)
Thanks for the input people. I talked to the guy yesterday, and he sold it already...bummer.
Posted by: LeeG on Nov-14-13 8:28 PM (EST)
Your criterion is any tandem canoe under $400.
Posted by: Aws316 on Dec-02-13 1:35 PM (EST)
I found a penobscot 16 royalex for $650. Light scratches only, otherwise perfect condition. Fair price?
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-02-13 1:52 PM (EST)
Some people here would probably want the price to be even lower, but if *I* were looking for a Penobscot, I'd go for it at that price. Teh Penobscot is one of Old Town's best designs, perhaps the best-performing boat that they still make (based on what some people say). I hardly ever see one in this part of the country, much less see one for sale, so speaking for myself, I'd snap it up pronto. If you aren't looking for THAT boat, you might still look for something cheaper, but for any canoe that's any good AND in good shape, it sure won't be MUCH cheaper.
Posted by: aws316 on Dec-02-13 6:21 PM (EST)
Methinks I'll snatch it before some else does! From what I'm reading, it's very versatile, which is what I want. And it's light for a royalex 58#.
Posted by: LeeG on Dec-02-13 10:55 PM (EST)
If it only has scratches it's nearly new, new is $1700
Never paddled the Peter Pond|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-14-13 9:00 PM (EST)
but it was designed by one of canoeings greats.
Weight is a big negative|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Nov-15-13 6:03 PM (EST)
The hull design of the Peter Pond is not too bad. Not in the same 17' speed class with the 17' Wenonah Jensen or even the 17'composite Sundowner, but not a slug. The big negative is the 69# weight. Hoisting it over the dams and down the walls and slopes of the multiple portages on this race will really take it out of the paddlers. The 69# canoe will also have hydration gear, food and water, spare paddles and clothes, PFD's. All of which is added to the canoe weight for total carry weight. Easily 100#total. About 40# more than I would want to be repeatedly portaging.
Posted by: xterror on Nov-16-13 2:35 AM (EST)
sorry, that was me who snaked the canoe away from you ;)
you too need some on water time|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-16-13 8:00 AM (EST)
and perhaps with carbon fiber foam core paddles..Even the wooden ones are ....paddles. Best of luck to both of you.
paddles vs oars|
Posted by: xterror on Nov-16-13 8:35 PM (EST)
the canoe did not come with any "paddles". It did however come with 2 "oars". Paddles have blades on each end while Oars do not. someone might need some education as far as boats goes :-)
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-16-13 9:17 PM (EST)
There are single-bladed paddles like a canoe paddler uses and there are double-bladed paddles, like a kayaker uses (and some canoeists). Paddles are used for paddling. Oars are used to row.
Its not confusing!|
Posted by: yatipope on Nov-17-13 2:11 PM (EST)
Hey Xterror,..Oars are single bladed and attached to your boat and swivel,..paddles attached to your hands and can be single or double bladed.
Then there are paddleoars.|
Posted by: deuce on Dec-02-13 3:05 PM (EST)
This patent pending design was first conceived and executed on a float trip for which a raft was deployed without the more traditional oars, which had been safely leaned against the privacy fence at home five hours south. I'd rather not go into detail since I haven't secured the patent; rather, I'll just say that one needs livery paddles, frame pieces, Gorilla tape and cam straps to make one.