Best fishing canoe?
Posted by: old_user on Jun-26-10 2:01 PM (EST)
Im looking for the best fishing canoe for 2 people. Some general information-
-I load the canoe ontop of my car ford taures use pads and strap is down
- I fish small 1-2 class moving rivers with lots of rocks
- I like to go up river and fish next to dams often
- I use a 55lb thrust trolling motor and I do have a side motor mount
Im stuck between two canoes right now
-Wenonah Backwater square stern canoe
specs length 15' width 41" made with royalex and weighs 79lbs price 1400$
-Old town predator c160
length 16' width 40.5" weight 87lbs price 1000$
made with Three Layer Polyethylene
What I really want to know is it better to get the square stern canoe for the type of fishing i do or just use a side motor mount? Is the maneuverability going to be alot worse with a 16' canoe over a 15'
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Posted by: oldtownpaddler on Jun-26-10 3:36 PM (EST)
For that application...|
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-28-10 11:18 AM (EST)
I have one of these (Esquif Cargo):
Posted by: old_user on Jun-28-10 11:28 AM (EST)
Check them out. Get the 12'er. It has a square stern for motor but paddles really well without a motor. There are an infinite number of ways to rig it.
river ridge is worth a look|
Posted by: del on Jul-04-10 4:04 PM (EST)
I have a river ridge custom canoe that is designed for the type of fishing you describe. I've had two, and love mine. check it out
Posted by: old_user on Jul-18-10 9:30 AM (EST)
IMHO, both those boats are pretty heavy for solo cartopping. it can be done but there are better. My first suggestion would be to stay with royalex or similar material. It will give you the combination of light weight & impact resistance you'll need. Many of these boats will weight well under 70# and some under 60#.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-02-10 2:23 PM (EST)
the Old Town Osprey 155 is listed as 68# on their website. That seems pretty heavy to me. At the same time for what it can haul and do thats not so bad.
Posted by: old_user on Dec-24-10 11:04 PM (EST)
155 is DISCONTINUED. they still make the 14'.
68# is not too heavy.|
Posted by: Big_D on Dec-31-10 7:33 AM (EST)
I was able to load a 110# canoe to the rooftop rack of a pickup by myself with a bad shoulder. It just takes a system whereby you only pick up 1/2 the boat at a time.