I'm looking at buying my first canoe, and I'm torn between buying a used 17' Loweline aluminum or a new Pelican Dakota 15.5' canoe. I'm sure the Pelican is lighter, but I really like the look of the older aluminum model. I'm not planning to do any whitewater travel; mainly slow local rivers and lakes, and primarily day trips with one of my kids or my wife (so I won't be packing a lot of gear).
My guess is the 17' is probably more canoe than I need, but I also wonder how well the Pelican will hold up long-term (especially being stored under my deck, which is likely where it'll end up).
A friend said aluminum boats almost always leak, and they're heavy relative to those made of plastics; but I also think the aluminum boat would probably hold value better than the plastic ones.
The price is the same for both boats...so any suggestions as to which would serve me best?