Posted by: old_user on Aug-28-11 7:59 PM (EST)
i just got a old town discovery canoe i think he said it is the 174. will be using it mainly solo fishing but will have my dog and freinds from time to time. was just wondering if there is any advice you think i should have before i fish it :)
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Posted by: Big_D on Aug-29-11 9:18 AM (EST)
Happy New Canoe Day!
Posted by: old_user on Aug-29-11 3:50 PM (EST)
yeah i wanted a little smaller of one but the used market is hard right now i kept being a day late. i have fished in a canoe twice i think, but a freind and i are going to do a lazy tour down either the columbia or willamette first before i take it fishing. cannot wait
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-29-11 3:57 PM (EST)
Do yourself a favor and buy a PFD that is comfortable enough that you will wear it from bank to bank. Put it on with your feet on dry land and don't take it off until you step back onto dry land. There's nothing cool about drowning.
you can paddle it solo if needed ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-30-11 12:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Aug-31-11 7:32 AM (EST)
i measured the canoe and end to end reads 16ft and a little slop. i think that guy either was mistaken, or old town measures there canoe in a away that i donot understand. oh well as long as it floats.
Maybe it's a 158 or 168|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-31-11 9:43 AM (EST)
Doesn't matter. All of the Discovery Series are good canoes for what you have in mind.
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Sep-03-11 6:55 PM (EST)
That's my bit of advice.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-04-11 2:52 PM (EST)
well took it out for the first time yesterday and it was a blast we rolled it once we paddled into the current with a strong down stream wind, and when the nose got out of control we both paddled on the downwind/ current side and over we went :) did you know that those canoe float even when full of water? once i got into the canoe by myself i was able to stand and paddle so i think i will be alone mostly. all in all it was a heck of a lot of fun. we definatley had our pfd on.
Posted by: Big_D on Sep-04-11 7:32 PM (EST)
Sure. The ends are stuffed with styrofoam so that they don't fill with water. That helps to keep it on top even when swamped and filled. Also, I think some of those are made from a three layer plastic that has a plastic foam between crunchy candy coatings, which helps keep it floating.
You won't flip much if at all...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Sep-05-11 12:52 PM (EST)
...once you learn to lean away from current and learn boat control through proper paddle strokes. If you don't have some paddle instruction available nearby, get a copy of the book "Paddle Your Own Canoe".
Four rules for paddling in current|
Posted by: Big_D on Sep-06-11 10:59 AM (EST)
1. When in doubt, paddle like Hell.