solo canoe selection help
Posted by: ljay on Mar-15-14 10:09 AM (EST) Category: Canoes
Seeking your advice in selecting new solo selection. Years of paddling searching cooperative fish in junk canoes with no interest in style. Going long distances always against tidal flows and finally caring about vehicle, am searching new NECESSITY. 5'8, 160 and old, want best paddling sit/switch solo stable enough to fish sitting down and rescue Jack terrier from sharks when we get there. Bell, Hemlock & Coldon solos seem good choices but any U.S. considered. Any help would be cheered, good bad or indifferent. Suitability of hull, build quality, material choice or any thing you offer really appreciated...Jay
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Posted by: c2g on Mar-15-14 10:22 AM (EST)
I'd suggest looking at the Wenonah Prism, with the Wilderness as a second choice.
A Prism for a 160 lb guy fishing?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-15-14 11:34 AM (EST)
Seems like a lot of boat for that size paddler.
Posted by: c2g on Mar-15-14 7:28 PM (EST)
It is, but he wanted stable and I think the Prism is one of the more stable solos. It is also a fairly efficient sit-and-switch boat.
Posted by: wetzool on Mar-15-14 11:11 AM (EST)
Take a look at the Swift offerings as well. The new for spring 2014 Keewaydin 14 might be a good choice. It's so new you won't find much information on their website, but I have seen a prototype and it looks very promising. Look under pack canoes for a few details. It can be built as either a sit on the bottom double blade pack canoe or with a hung seat as a single blade solo canoe. Seems about perfect for your weight. Swift build quality is excellent. Maybe Charlie will weigh in now...
Posted by: paddletothesea on Mar-15-14 11:54 AM (EST)
Bell reviews and comments by owenrs:
What did Socrates say about Hemlock?|
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-15-14 7:00 PM (EST)
solo canoe choice|
Posted by: duckhunter on Mar-15-14 9:51 PM (EST)
I have 4 solos that I use. I have a Prism flexcore that should fit your needs. I would recommend the ultralight model especially as one ages and looses strength.
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-16-14 8:17 AM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Mar-16-14 8:34 AM (EST)
Mad River Independence. Doesn't do anything great, but pretty much does everything. Stability is good, but it is a bit wide.
Posted by: ljay on Mar-16-14 9:09 AM (EST)
Looking at each and having fun. Easily becomes overload to ignorant one. Pack boats look too low to see/cast for my fishing. Please keep info coming. Thanks
Indy is just under 30" wide (eom)|
Posted by: birren on Mar-26-14 11:37 PM (EST)
Take a look at Coldens Nomad|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-16-14 5:55 PM (EST)
or look for an old Curtis Nomad..
Posted by: ljay on Mar-17-14 10:28 AM (EST)
You have been there. Going looking at your suggestions. The Osprey search gobbled up last two days and looked good; then bumped into adverse comment on company, cooled off. Thanks
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-17-14 11:21 AM (EST)
We do the best we Cavan|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-17-14 1:39 PM (EST)
Where, in general, are you doing all|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-17-14 3:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-17-14 3:31 PM (EST)
When sitting the Nomad will tip...when a manatee surfaces under it and the canoe slides off it's back. However people do pay to swim with then and my ride was free!
The adverse comment|
Posted by: ljay on Mar-17-14 4:20 PM (EST)
was about company, not Osprey per se. Sorry to misled. Jack Russell goes over the side when ever it's most troubling, he's calculating! If I said equal priority too stability & ease of propelling at moderate pace for 10 miles at a whack, would it change any nominations?
Just make sure he has a CFD with handle|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-17-14 5:12 PM (EST)
I can't think of a JR terrier being any sort of problem. ( I have a Golden Retreiver). Just leave out the dog in making comparisons
Posted by: ljay on Mar-18-14 1:59 PM (EST)
Can't seem to find anything indicating they make one at present, any info? Try a Jack Russell, it's like living in a cyclone when ever he is awake. No such thing as a bad dog!
Posted by: stevet on Mar-18-14 2:47 PM (EST)
at Colden. The mold is prepped and ready to go as I understand it.
Paul Meyer really wants to talk to |
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-18-14 9:37 PM (EST)
People thinking about buying his boats. Which is not synonymous with hard sell; he is SO laid back. He's one of those not into computers. David Yost another. He doesn't even have a computer.
Posted by: ljay on Mar-20-14 8:45 AM (EST)
Before I bother Paul,does anyone here have the numbers for Nomad? I tried CW's email for his list with numbers but won't seem to go thru. Windwalker has Nomad on site classifieds in Pa, who gets there first.
Go to Hemlock canoe website|
Posted by: stevet on Mar-20-14 7:56 PM (EST)
And you can access the old Curtis catalogs there you will find the original page on nomad giving description and statistics
Thanks Steve, on my way there.|
Posted by: ljay on Mar-21-14 4:32 PM (EST)
If you want real stability|
Posted by: stevet on Mar-26-14 3:36 PM (EST)
You may want to look at an eaglet from Hemlock canoe it is a boat that can be paddled tandem or outfitted for solo. It's a bit wide to be fast, but would certainly give you stability for fishing moving around and chasing pup. The older I get the more I appreciate a stable platform instead of a high-speed craft. Owned several Curtis/hemlock boats. Never been disappointed.
Thanks folks, each one|
Posted by: ljay on Mar-28-14 12:24 PM (EST)
I bought the older curtis nomad, will be happy am sure and really hope I don't come down with the disease all of you have. 20 canoes? That as bad as one wooden sailboat! Duckhunter had my attention as that's the test of stability for sure. Thanks again for kind help...Jay
Hope you get to paddle it|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 12:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Mar-28-14 8:48 PM (EST)
Since you guys did a fine job on finding my Nomad a new home I want to ask this.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 9:39 PM (EST)
Its his boat.. My Nomad has a replacement seat and its set high for kneeling.
Posted by: stevet on Mar-29-14 8:26 AM (EST)
2 inches more than what it is now will certainly make a large difference. Best advice would be take the seat out and use cushions stacked up to decide what height he wants to sit off the floor then make drops.
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-29-14 10:13 AM (EST)
A limiting factor in lowering seats is the length of available 1-/20 SS machine screws. 6" seems to be the max, resulting in a seat ~3" lower than kneeling variants and flat for sitting. Seat trusses of appropriate size are available from Ed's.