Hi to all! I wanted to say hello and hope to learn from the insight here on the board.
I’m 48 now but my first experience with a canoe was a great one. In 1995 I was soon to graduate from my undergrad school in Westerm MA. I had read about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and had to experience it. My truck was packed! I took my last final and ditched my graduation! Picked up my Old Town Discovery 164 in ME on the way to Millenckett. I was only there 5 days but boy what a great experience.
I still have the Discovery 164. Cane seats need replacement but other than that tough boat! Stored outside but I did clean it a few times in 26 years with NuFinish and it does not get much sun where it resides, on the side of the house. Gunwalls are AL and they took some scars from solo loading and unloading on an Explorer and F150.
Fastforward to now! I am excited to open this world to my kids (9 girl, 13 boy, 15 boy). Starting off a little slow with a 3 day trip (including the 2 dogs!!) to Woods Island VT. I plan on getting a second canoe for us as well. Plenty of questions coming.