I’m starting a new thread - you all have been incredibly helpful and I’ve learned a tremendous amount. I appreciate you teaching me and bearing with my uninformed questions - particularly since much of what I am asking is subjective and - in ordinary times - could be accomplished by physically inspecting and even test paddling a bunch of canoes. That is not happening for quite a while due to virus lockdown.
For my budget (under$1000) and use case - 60 y/o, 5’9", 170-175ish, slow rivers and lakes, exercise, relaxation, fishing, unlikely to be tripping. Haven’t paddled in years so a relative novice (not much beyond J-stroking), will likely use double-bladed. My two competing concerns other than budget are primary stability and weight - I want to not worry too much about swimming while fishing (while sitting) and I want to easily be able to car top. I’ve narrowed it down to two options given the lack of used solo canoes that are reasonably close or shippable. I’m leaning very hard to Option 2 for weight savings but would love some feedback.
Option 1 is the LL Bean Royal River 13 (edited for proper name) in T-formex. Lots of info about it, the pro is primary stability, the con is weight. Stats - * Dimensions: 13’ x 31".* Stern depth: 15".* Center depth: 12".* Bow depth: 5.5".
- Weight: 47 lb.
Option 2 - and the focus of this post - is the custom Kevlar built by a guy in Pennsylvania who isn’t a commercial builder. The guy selling it used is super nice but not into conveying all the details I’d like. Its 12’4", 28" wide (unsure at what point), 11" deep, some rocker (“not flat”), original seat was foam pad on bottom, custom sliding seat leaves approximately 8" between seat and hull. Original weight before adding seat and rails was 23 lbs, unsure of current weight.
So I’m going to post the photos I have and hope you guys can give some opinions and answer questions like how would you describe (i) hull shape ( Flat, round, shallow arch,) (ii) sides (tumblehome, flared, straight), and (iii) rocker. By looking at, can you hazard a guess at waterline width and other factors that might impact primary stability.
Other question – to improve stability, how tough for an amateur with little to no woodworking skills to redo the seat to lower the center of gravity and increase stability while maintaining a high enough seat for “old man” comfort. It looks like the seat is not traditionally hung with vertical drops but instead has horizontal wood blocks that bracket the rail.
Thanks for anything you have to offer - I figure that everybody has some downtime now and hope everybody is staying healthy.