Posted by: paddlefishy on Nov-02-12 9:46 PM (EST)
so much for the replies and info. I definitely feel more equipped now to buy a used canoe, so your answers are much appreciated! The canoe in question was an Old Town Osprey and seemed to be a great bargain, but I decided against it. I think it was going to be "too much" canoe for me and what I want to use it for (great for fishing, roomy, rowable, etc. But too heavy for loading by myself on the car top, portaging, using mostly solo fishing, etc).
I'd love to get some advice on which canoe to get now. I'd like a canoe for fishing on smallish lakes. I also would like to paddle and float biggish, lazy rivers. But I'm also interested in whitewater canoeing. I don't really see myself doing anything more than class 2 rapids though. I know there is not one ideal canoe that can do it all, but is there one out there that is serviceable enough to do the things I've mentioned?
I'm thinking a lightweight solo 12' to 14' canoe. I was looking at the Old Town Pack or Nova Craft Trapper (great for fishing, maybe not great for whitewater) or one of the Mad River or Mohawk type solo boats or something like that? Are they stable and comfortable enough to anchor and fish from?
I'm afraid here's probably where I hear I need two different boats, but maybe not :P
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