Old Town Discovery 169 (Expedition)
– Last Updated: Apr-28-08 5:18 PM EST –
Most of my time has been spent in different modles of Old Town canoes and Aluminum Grumans ..... always wanted try every canoe out and still do , but I've always been completely satisfied with Old Town and that is what we own at present ....... the alum. canoes make lots of noise , are cold when it's cold and hot when it's hot and although I've rocked down mountain rivers in them , I've never wanted to own one ...... it might be a good idea for you to consider checking out Bass Pro Shop ( Out Door World ) and see the Old Town Expedition ( ie. it is the Discovery but this year Old Town calls it Expedition for Bass Pro Shop ) ...... the Discovery 169 (Expedition) is relatively slow ( not a racer), very stable , Superlink linear construction (good stuff), quiet , warm when cold and cool when hot , spacious , rocks down rivers great , floats lakes casually , explores up stream against current with ease , runs into the wind beautifully , oh I forgot to mention I'm 170 and my wife is some what more sitting in the bow and 80% of the time I'm the only one paddling but this year she's gonna help more ........ the Discovery is a flat bottom and I love it out of all the Old Towns I've floated in so many different conditions ........ some say it's a barge , maybe so but what a great barge !!! , I paddle us all over the place for many many miles in winds , currents , whatever Mom nature has for us on any particular day , and it is painlessly effortless unless you really want to cruise out and the Discovery will get up and go ......... I think you should by a new one because you don't want to buy a plastic canoe that's lost it's flex and malableness from poor storage outside , baked in the Sun and weather while left on land deteriorates the material after awhile ........ there is a big difference between canoes like Colemans and the like , and Superlink linear ones like Old Town ....... RX (royalx) would probably be pretty nice also ....... so from me the bottom line is , I've put the Old Towns through the gamit from here to there , and they have always gotten 100% on their report card !!! ...... get a new one for the family ........ maybe one last thing , Old Town canoes are used by the state parks recreations , rental operaters and the like by the tons , like Boston Whalers are used by DNR and Gov. agencies alot ....... I choose Whaler and I choose Old Town .