Canoed for years when I was a kid, now that I have a family we are looking for our first canoe.
This canoe would be used on small lakes and ponds, and very easy rivers with the occasional small rapids in them. My wife, myself our son and a cooler would be the occupants, son is currently 5. We are looking to do some fishing out of it as well as explore said small lakes at our state parks and general recreation. I have a fair bit of experience in a canoe, but the wife has very little. Local deals have narrowed down to 3 contenders right now:
1st one is an Old Town Camper, 16’ and about 20 years old. Seller claims it weighs about 60 lbs.
2nd one is a Mad River Explorer, 17’ and was built in 1988. listed as 70 lbs.
3rd one is a Old Town Penobscot 17’, 2005 and weighs in at 65lbs.
They are all within $150 of each other, the Penobscot is the most expensive at $625, The Explorer at $600, and the Camper is $500.
What are everyone’s thoughts on these 3 canoes? Will I miss or want that extra foot that the 17’ Explorer or the penobscot has over the 16’ Camper?