I’m wondering if a 17’ Grumman canoe is suitable for solo paddling.
I want to buy a canoe for some lake fishing, a little exploring, and some river trips, fishing and touring the Delaware, Lehigh, and whatever smaller streams in the Poconos are navigable.
I have only a little canoeing experience from decades ago. I have a little sea kayaking experience from a decade ago. I still have my Perception Carolina, but it’s a little awkward for fishing, and since I’ve ballooned up to 260 lbs on my 5’ 10" frame at my current age of 61, I’m not sure I’d be that comfortable in it right off anyway.
From a little research I’ve just done, including reviews from this site, I like the Grummans for their reported durability and low maintenance. I prefer to store outside.
I know of a 1990 17’ Grumman from the original owner, reported to have been only lightly used on a lake and not used at all for some years. It comes with a small electric trolling motor, a battery which is probably no good anymore, Grumman sponsons, and a wood paddle, all for $450. I saw the sponsons alone are $355 suggested retail in Grumman’s catalog (which seemed overpriced to me.) The sponsons might come in handy at times. I might lash them onto the kayak until I get my bearings in that again. I think it’s a good deal cost wise, but I’m not sure it this is the right canoe for me.
Although I expect to have friends come along sometimes, mostly I expect to be paddling solo. Along with preferring to hoist a lighter canoe on to the top of my van, I’m wondering if a 17 footer would be unwieldy for solo paddling. What do you think?
I’d also be interested in hooking up some kind of sail system sometime, and maybe even a kite system someday.