I need some help choosing a canoe for my family, we have had all kinds of power boats from a 20’ Mako to a current 13’ Ghenooe and I’ve decided I’m sick of outboards and the troubles they bring.
Currently it’s my wife, daughter, two 30lb Boykin Spaniels and me. We like to go out and spend the day on the local creeks fishing and hanging from hammocks just relaxing. Wife and I are both in good shape and weigh about 350lbs combined. Aditionally I will use the canoe hunting during the winter months both waterfowl and big game.
Creeks we frequent (Brier Creek) are mud bottom fairly slow but can be choked down by log jams and be pretty swift at these points, additionally we will have to pull logs where the creek may be blocked. We will also ocassionally use the canoe on flat water for camping trips.
Budget is pretty much unlimited I just want to buy once, cry once and be happy. Obviously the less I have to spend the better but I don’t want to regret my money spent. I am mostly concerned if we would be happy with something like a Old Town Saranac 160 or if I need to be looking at more high end canoes. Mainly I wonder how much better the higher end stuff will handle the moving water and without testing them in my conditions I will never know. Locally right now there is a Predator 160 available that I considered looking at but I’m not sure if it suits me. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks Aaron.