So… it is time for my family to get a proper touring Canoe. We would like a canoe that can hold 2 adults and a couple kids plus overnight gear. Figure 500-600 pounds once the kids grow a bit. I would prefer to go as fast/far as possible, and have the boat be as light as possible. My wife would prefer stability, durability and affordability. Yup. Polar opposites.
This has lead us to two canoes on opposite ends of the spectrum. I have my eye on a Minnesota 2, which seems to be the top choice for lightweight speed while still carrying a respectable load? On the flip side, the durable cheap boat would lead us to a Discovery169 or Penobscot 164/174.
So… what do you folks think is the cruising speed difference between them? Enough to justify the big difference in price? How annoying are those 80 pounders to get onto and off a car? We go on a LOT of afternoon couple hour trips… so lifting a lighter boat might be worth a bit.
Also, how easy can an adult get back aboard after jumping off on a warm day?
Thanks for your tips!