Help with Establishing a Price on Canoe
Posted by: vtguy71 on Jun-14-14 2:33 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
-- Last Updated: Jun-14-14 2:34 PM EST --
I have been looking for a solo canoe for some time and came across a 1985 Wenonah Solitude, center ridge, Tufweave, aluminum gunwales, bucket seat. Reviews look great on this boat - probably just what I am looking for. The boat is in pristine condition.
So, what does the community think would be a fair price for a 30 year old canoe in pristine condition that has this good a reputation? I want to negotiate fairly and from a position of knowledge.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jun-14-14 3:13 PM (EST)
a Wenonah Tuf-Weave, center-rib canoe with standard aluminum gunwales listed for $675 in 1990, and no doubt a bit less in 1985.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-14-14 8:01 PM (EST)
Posted by: pcampbell on Jun-14-14 10:00 PM (EST)
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Posted by: n7zuq on Jun-14-14 10:47 PM (EST)
If you've been looking for a solo for a while and you know this really meets your needs, it may be worth more to you than it’s “blue book” value.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-15-14 12:15 PM (EST)
I had that exact boat in a pale blue color that was a factory blem. Was my first true solo, though my two young sons at the time used it many times as a pocket tandem. That center rib layup is tough. Mine predated the Tuffweave branding of the fiberglass layup, but it did survive flying off the top of a pickup at 40mph when the bedrack broke. Landed in a ditch with a few digs in the gelcoat and a bent gunwale. $500 is a good price for a pristine example. Its a fine paddling canoe, stable and deep enough to take on big lakes loaded; like Lower Saranac Lake in whitecaps with a weeks camping gear. Sold that boat with a bent gunwale and lots of scratches for more than your $500 figure after paddling it for 10 years.
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Posted by: vtguy71 on Jun-15-14 8:56 PM (EST)
Wow - that was a lot of advice and all within the same range on the price. I appreciate the nuance and thoughtfulness of the replies. I'll let everyone know how the negotiations go.