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Canoe Advice

Howdy all,

 

Wife is wanting to get some form of watercraft and our financial situation being what it is we settled for a canoe. We will be camping at local lakes and I'll do some fishing by myself while she does whatever it is she does. She wants to paddle around on the water a little and just have some fun. We will also do some class 1 and 1+ stuff nearby on a local river.

 

Niether of us has canoe expirience, but that will change shortly. I've been looking at two different canoes and need help making up my mind. Do I get the Mad River Adventure 14 or the Old Town Guide 147? Please tell me why you selected what you choose. Thanks in advance for your help.

 

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Oldtown

Hey Biker I have an Oldtown "Pathfinder" 14' bought it with my girlfriend (now wife) when we were in school.  They no longer make the pathfinder but it is still a fine canoe.

Both companys are established in the field so either one will be a good boat.  You have to take into consideration what you will be doing with it and make choices depending on weight and stability simple as that.

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Thank You

Thank you ADK.

After more research I've eliminated one canoe and I'm considering another. This will be a learning process. I guess I better inflate my water wings.  Dancing

 

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Considerations

Since it will be your first canoe I would not lean twards the high tech fancy (Kevlar) type canoes.  Look at the plastic's (maybe fiberglass?) right now you want stability along with function.  Also if you are going to be carrying it alot try to keep it under 70 lbs.

Get some tips on paddle strokes.  There is the "J" and the "C" it will make your begining experience much better if you have these down before you jump in the first time.  A little lesson from your salesman if possible.

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