Hello, first time poster here. I am looking to buy my first (used) canoe, and am torn between a couple local options. I plan on using this canoe for lakes, easy rivers, and occasional larger bodies (NJ coastal saltwater bays) most of the time, as that is what is close by, but definitely plan on working up to Class II - III whitewater river trips.
On on hand, there are a couple newer (1995 and newer, don’t know the year on some) Old Town Discovery canoes around, both 164 and 169, that from what I understand are great boats. On the other hand, there is a 1979 Old Town Tripper made of Royalex. I haven’t been able to look at any of them yet, but from the pictures and assurances of the sellers, they all seem to be in really nice shape. All of them are in the same price range.
So my question is: All the canoes’ conditions being equal, what would be the recommendation: The almost 40-year-old Royalex Tripper, or the much newer polyethylene Discoveries?
Thanks so much for your help!