I’ve been searching around a bit for a canoe for me, my wife, and our two girls to paddle some of the rivers and lakes in Michigan.
I’m in grad school so on a really tight budget and everything in my price range was aluminum or poly, which I was hesitant to get. Then I happened upon what I think is an awesome deal on an old town tripper and have arranged to inspect and buy it Monday, but I just wanted to make sure it really is as good a deal as I think.
It looks like it’s in good condition and according to the seller the yoke and gunwales are still in good shape. The serial number is faded and he couldn’t find the hin, but I think I’ll be able to find it when I get there and confirm the year. (From a little research I’m thinking it’s from the late 70’s)
He’s asking 225. Is there anything to look for that would cause that to not be a great deal? Or am I wrong in my thinking that it’s a cheap price?
As far as longevity, will this keep holding up? I’ve read that royalex is super durable, but do the 40 year old ones out there still have life left in them? I’d like to eventually try out longer trips and hang on to this a while.
Thanks for the help, like I said, money’s tight so I want to make sure I get the most out of it that I can