Hey new to board here but have been reading reviews and threads for past month or so, all super helpful.
I paddled growing up and now have a 4 year old and looking to get back into paddling with family. Live in SW Virginia, looking for canoe for family on lakes and rivers, mainly wanting stability with 4 year old. I realize may evolve and need another canoe in future. And also realize easy to trade canoe and get another as things change.
Wanted to hear thoughts on 1985 Old Town Tripper 172. Single owner, has been stored inside and outside. Described as fair condition. Listed for $500, believe may be able to get for $400, going this weekend to see. So have not seen in person yet, what do I need to be looking for when checking it out? I know brittleness of hull, cracking around screw insertion, what about stern area on pic- is that a concern? Can repair and get new skid pads but is worth going that route with canoe in this condition
Used canoe market pretty tight here, mostly just used aluminum and Coleman canoes, some OT Discovery. Not many royalex boats come on market. Not as concerned about price, ok paying even if not the best deal, more wanting input if this canoe would be worth investing in with age, condition. Thanks so much!
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