Looking for a Canoe
Posted by: Stalk on Apr-23-14 7:37 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I am looking for a Canoe to meet my needs.
I am a solo rider, and my 40lb dog will be tagging along. I also am an angler.
I am 6'0 and 300 pounds. I would like a canoe that can carry my weight well, able to be moved with one person, and extremely stable.
Total weight probably would be 450-550 with all equipment.
I don't need an extremely fast canoe. But it shouldn't be extremely slow either. I mostly won't be going too far out.
Dry is pretty important too, or at least, a way to provide my dog with a platform off the water inside the canoe.
Cost... no minimum price, maximum around $1500. The $800 range would be ideal. Used is fine with me.
Thanks, I appreciate feedback.
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Posted by: meopilite on Apr-23-14 8:38 PM (EST)
old town camper
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-23-14 8:41 PM (EST)
an Old Town Tripper.
Posted by: Stalk on Apr-24-14 10:32 PM (EST)
In the Old Town 17' or so canoes, if I sit on the back, do I need to put like, 300 pounds of stuff in the front to balance it? Or should I buy a seat to put in the middle?
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Posted by: scottfree on Apr-23-14 8:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: scottfree on Apr-24-14 11:34 PM (EST)
You would paddle the boat backwards, and use the seat that used to be the front seat. It moves you closer to the middle. The Tripper is a symmetrical design. Not all boat are. I'm pretty sure you would not want to paddle an asymmetrical boat backwards.
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Posted by: scottfree on Apr-25-14 12:08 AM (EST)
Mohawk's Nova or Intrepid are both 16' long, and should be plenty stable for your needs. I used to have a 16' Mad River Explorer that (inspite of it's shallow vee hull) was very stable.
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Posted by: n7zuq on Apr-25-14 2:45 AM (EST)
I have both an OT Camper and an OT Penobscot. They are both similar in length, width, and weight and would both hold you and the dog. From my experience, the Penobscot will be faster and track straighter than the Camper. The Camper will feel more stable, especially sitting still. The Penobscot has great secondary stability. Iíve never tried healing the Camper over the gunwales, so I can't speak to that. Iíve never tried a dog in either. I've never fallen out of either. At about 60 lbs each, I wish they were both lighter.
Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-25-14 6:31 AM (EST)
I've owned and paddled both a Penobscot and a Kingfisher. The Penobscot would probably be a bit twitchy with the load and the dog that was specified. The Kingfisher would be an overkill when it comes to stability and it is also slow. The Camper would probably be the best of those three.