You Know, I Would Look At Renting Too
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jul-15-11 8:50 AM (EST)
A Wenonah Champlaign or Bell Northwoods are two hulls I would feel comfortable in if I were paddling with a dog in the BWCAW/Quetico. You HAVE two good boats, if you would only use the tripper infrequently..... I actually traded in my Ranger for a Bell Northwind to have more capacity for tripping. The Bell got used 1-2 times a year while I used the Ranger 1-2 times a week. After about 4 years I sold the little-used Bell.
I WISH I had opted to keep my Ranger and RENT a lightweight tripper since I don't take 2-3 tandem wilderness trips a year like I once did. The only downside I see is you won't be as intimately familiar with the boat as you will with one you own. But I think the benefits of renting outweigh buying in this case IMHO. BTW, here's a pic of my old Ranger. WW