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What Canoe Should I Get For My Canoe Trip?
Here are my recommendations for
a canoe that can be used for fishing and camping:
- Your canoe should be light: 70 pounds or
less - you may be lifting this canoe (alone) on to your car
top, or carrying it (alone) on portages as far as 1 mile or
- The canoe should be stable - you should
test out a friends canoe of the model you are interested in
if possible. I would recommend a width of about 36". The
wider the better - however, if your canoe is 40" or more you
may have problems loading it on top of a small car.
- The canoe should be roomy enough to
accommodate gear and two people.
Other Guidelines and Recommendations
- If you are going to be using this canoe
strictly for lakes and fishing, I would recommend an
inexpensive (about $750), 17' lightweight Alumacraft® Canoe.
The current models that match what I own are the 17' QT-17CL
Quetico at 61 pounds or the 17' QTC Quetico at 69 pounds.
These are easy to portage (compared to some very heavy
poly-type canoes), and less expensive than other canoes this
light. These are also very stable compared to some
other canoes. This canoe has a keel at the bottom for
strength and added stability, but the keel may hang up on
rocks in whitewater situations. I just don't use mine for
other than occasional whitewater situations. If you want
more information, find an alumacraft dealer near you.
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- If you are going to use your canoe for
whitewater type trips as well as lakes and you are willing
to spend a little more money, I would recommend looking at
Old Town® recreational canoe. This canoe does not have a
keel at the bottom, hence it will not hang up on rocks as
much in river running. Also note the built in carrying
yoke for portages. The
16-ft model is comparable in weight to the lightweight
aluminum models mentioned above. I have not tried this
canoe, but with its light weight, wide width, and design, it
seems like it would be a good stable all-purpose canoe.
- If you want a durable economical canoe
that can be used in all types of canoe trips, look into the
Coleman Odyssey The drawback however is its weight
at 87 pounds. If you have to have to portage a canoe
this heavy 1+ miles (as I have) you may not like it!
Otherwise it is a good all around canoe at a good price.
- There are other sleeker faster (and
narrower) canoes however they may be more tippy. If
you don't want an unexpected swim during your fishing trip,
I would, above all things, make sure the canoe is fairly
stable on flat water (lakes).
- Another option as an "extra" canoe that
stores in your trunk? Perhaps an
foldable canoe that fits into a 4" by 48" by 14"
carrying bag. I don't have personal experience with these
fairly new products, but they seem like they would be a nice
addition for a cabin or lake since they could be stored for
the season in a small cabinet.
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