My girlfriend and I have just recently experienced canoeing. We fell in love and have been a few times already in the last month. We live in Florida so the areas we have available to canoe are mostly slow moving streams, natural springs, and lakes. There are a few longer runs available that we would like to do as a weekend trip here and there down the ocklawaha river and other similar rivers. These are a little less calm, but nowhere close to whitewater.
We would like to get into a used canoe that is reasonably priced. We don't want to go out and spend $1000+ on a new one that will be our learning tool. I don't forsee us ramming rocks, but as I said we are new at this. Im hoping to find something under or around $300 to get us started.
A little info about us:
I'm 5'11" and currently 200 lbs. Looking to be down to 180 soon.
She is 5'6" and 125 lbs.
A lighter canoe would be preferred without losing strength as we will have to load it onto the roof of my truck and carry it upstairs into our 2nd floor apartment. We have a spare room to store it so length isn't much of an issue.
Let us know what brand and model you would recommend for us.