Newby looking for canoe
Posted by: ClockDr on Dec-04-13 3:29 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Newby here. I am looking to purchase a canoe around 16 feet long and suitable for 2 people. Interested in one that is stable and won't tip easily. Wider the better. Will probably fish some but will be used mainly for recreation. Which is best, alum or glass? What are some of the things I need to look for? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Posted by: bushwacker on Dec-04-13 3:48 PM (EST)
Where will you paddle? New or used ? what have you paddled before? Is there a dealer near you that can let you test paddle a few? is there a rental place that sells used boats after the season?
Royalex may be dead, forever. |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-04-13 5:53 PM (EST)
Right now, we're poring though existing retail stock, while canoe makers are working through their last pile of "raw" Royalex sheets.
Doubt its going to die -|
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-04-13 7:10 PM (EST)
but if so, all the more reason, get a royalex boat now while you can. I recommend an Old Town Tripper. Used is fine. They last forever. I've been paddling longer than I'm willing to admit and I just bought a 20 year old used tripper and its great. The reason I recommend it is because it is very stable and very rugged and very little maintenance is needed. I prefer 17 over 16 personally - more room and more room for error when the family is aboard.
Yeah, I had one, good ww, great poling |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-04-13 11:44 PM (EST)
canoe, though rather heavy. Because of its 80+ pound weight, I would not recommend it to most people. But for anyone who has "the system" down for getting heavy canoes to and from the river, I can't think of a better alternative.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Dec-04-13 6:07 PM (EST)
Remember, though, a newbie is not |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-04-13 11:49 PM (EST)
going to be able to judge canoes accurately by trying them out. If an experienced professional is there to interpret newbie's expressed needs, resolve contradictions, and help newbie understand that some quirks of a canoe are actually strengths, that may make a demo session meaningful.
First: canoes don't tip !|
Posted by: JackL on Dec-05-13 6:12 AM (EST)
People tip them!
Don't over think|
Posted by: pgeorg on Dec-05-13 6:40 AM (EST)
the decision. There is no such thing as a perfect canoe. Every one has strong and weak points, but they are all somewhat adaptable. If you buy a used one and find it unsuitable after a while you can sell it and narrow in on the boat you really want. The important thing is to get a boat and start paddling.
something with some rocker in its ends|
Posted by: bigspencer on Dec-05-13 7:51 AM (EST)
...although I think that's pretty standard, always check for some rocker(ie lesser than straight keel line). Width isn't the end all factor for stability with some efficiency.
Posted by: clockdr on Dec-05-13 8:23 AM (EST)
Great forum. Thanks for the input. I really do appreciate it.
Check the used market in your area|
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-05-13 8:35 AM (EST)
Composite canoes made using some type of resin impregnated fabric or fabrics (fiberglass, Kevlar, polyester, carbon fiber, etc) are generally going to be lighter than most aluminum canoes of similar size. Most folks these days prefer a well-made composite boat to aluminum.
Posted by: TomD on Dec-06-13 8:57 AM (EST)
The Wenonah Canoe website has a nice guide to chosing a canoe that you may find useful.
Posted by: deuce on Dec-06-13 9:12 AM (EST)
save money and have fun|
Posted by: femedic on Dec-16-13 4:33 PM (EST)
My advice is.... check craigslist and local classifieds. Buy a cheap used canoe and go paddling. anything that floats and is in reasonable shape. Join a local paddling club or make some friends on the water. Ask to try out there boats. Spend time on the water to learn if this is something you really enjoy. Learn through experience and research. After a while you will learn what your preferences are. Most important get out there and have fun. Good luck!
36" beam, lightweight, used|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-16-13 8:18 PM (EST)
Look for a canoe with a 36" beam, which is maximum width in the middle, in a 16'-17' length. This should be stable enough.
a heavy canoe will go unused|
Posted by: brucered on Dec-19-13 1:46 PM (EST)