Canoes...anyone got one?

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Andy G

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Looking at buying a canoe for family use...need to keep the price under $500, so most likely gonna be a used one.

Anyone have any suggestions on a canoe in the 15-17’ range that I should look for that would fall under that price point?

Thanks!


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N8roro

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I bought a used dolphin fiberglass canoe on Craigslist for $400 last year. We did not use it as much as I would have liked but, its a good fit for our family. Inexpensive, stable in the water, and can be stored outside. It's not light though!
 

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Old Town Discovery 169 would be my choice. Durable, stable and has a high load capacity. Very similar to the Old Town Tripper which might be the best all around 17' boat ever made in my opinion. Old Town's hold their value as well.
 
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WrongWayRandall

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We used an Old Town for many years but it eventually got to be too heavy for me to lift up on top (90lbs) and we sold and got kayaks. Still, the thing was excellent for hauling gear, travelling in comfort, and it was sturdy as anything I've ever seen. As others have said, keep an eye on Craigslist, there are regularly good canoes for the price your talking about.
 

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I have a 16 ft Pelican canoe that I bought on Craigslist for $300. Came with paddles and Yakima strap down kit.


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Late to the conversation. Did you find one?
When I was in Michigan I paddles a late 90's Royalex Mad River Explorer. From what I have seen they made some major changes and are not the same boat anymore. I loved it and used it for everything from small lakes around TC to sections of The Jordan and other rivers to week long expeditions on Isle Royale and Killarney Prov.
I currently have an Old Town 169 and a Fiber glass Clipper Tripper, and a Kevlar/fiberglass OC1.
In that price range Craig;s List is the way to go. If you have some fiberglass skills you might be able to find an even better deal.