Gheenoe or Squareback Canoe?
Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-04 7:52 AM (EST)
I am trying to decide between these two vessels. I have a flats boat and kayaks, but I would like a small vessel that I can launch without a ramp, put an outboard on, fish two people, and pushpole and sight fish the flats. I want to spend $1500-$3000. Obviously, I'd most likely be going used with the gheenoe.
The gheenoe is more stable, can take a larger outboard and a true poling platform, and many other options. It is also much heavier and must be trailered.
The squareback can be car-topped, requires a smaller outboard, can be poled from a low plaform (gunnel height), but might need stabilizers for this activity.
I'm kind of partial to the following squareback canoes: American Eagle, Indian River, Chief, and Stillwater (made in East Florida). Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
What do you guys think??
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Posted by: JEM on Apr-06-04 9:38 AM (EST)
Like you mentioned, the problem with some of the niced square-backs is weight.
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-04 10:57 AM (EST)
can afford either one I'd suggest the larger one that gets trailered for the following reason.
Gheenoe not easy to pole- are you|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-04 7:22 PM (EST)
experienced poling either canoe or gheenoe? You really need a poling platform and stabilizers to really move a canoe with a pole. We have fished out of both. 21" aluminum canoe with bow casting platform and rear pole platform plus stabilizers-
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-04 7:37 PM (EST)
check out a coleman|
Posted by: retired202 on Apr-06-04 9:32 PM (EST)
I have a coleman scanoe (square stern) and use an electric motor on it, I think it can handle up to 5-6 hp gas. It is 16 ft long, pretty stable and
Square stern canoe|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-04 11:52 PM (EST)
I have used several different canoe models with small outboards mounted on brackets which clamped across the gunwales. I finally bought a square stern fiberglass canoe, assuming that design would be better for use with an outboard. I was very wrong. I am going back to the side mounted configuration. The traditional canoes paddle much better and it was much better having the outboard alongside of me for filling the tank, starting, tilting the outboard for shallow water drive, etc. I also didn't like being twisted around in the seat all the time. As far as poling is concerned, I bought Canoegear.com's stabilzer and stood on 2x8 plank cut to fit from gunwale to gunwale in front of the stabilizer. I used the combination boat hook/pole with duckfoot attachment they also sell. With the floats extended all the way out and down, it worked very well. I used it last January in the Everglades. Just my opinion, but based on numerous fishing and canoe camping trips.
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Posted by: JEM on Apr-07-04 7:57 AM (EST)
square stern canoe|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-10-04 8:50 AM (EST)
I've just ordered my second River Ridge Canoe, and would recommend this craft to anyone. I was fishing from my first boat yesterday, and was pleased to find that they accepted it for trade in. This firm is very accomodating, and the boat well made and durable.
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Posted by: old_user on May-05-04 3:19 PM (EST)
I agree with Leprecanoe. I fish from a 14' Mohawk Sport with a 40lb thrust Trolling motor side mounted and love it.
Gheehoe - Square Stern|
Posted by: metalhead on May-05-04 7:51 PM (EST)
Forget about poling, buy an electric motor and 100 amp deep cycle battery. Old Town markets a motor for canoes, pretty effective.
Posted by: old_user on May-07-04 1:36 PM (EST)
I have an old town square back and like it. its fiberglass, and can be car topped.