My local rivers run shallow in the summer so scraping is a fact of life. I’m looking for a solo canoe for myself and my 55 lb dog. My wish list: durable and/or easily repairable to deal with scraping on rocks. I’d prefer to keep is under 50-ish lbs for loading on the car solo. I don’t need the ability to carry overnight gear and I don’t fish - this is strictly for 10-ish mile day trips with my dog. A bit of a keel to make it less sensitive to wind. My current canoe is an old Royalex Dagger whitewater boat that would be perfect except for it gets blown around by wind too much. It’s awesome on calm days but when a crosswind comes along it’s a pain. I’d like to buy new so I don’t spend all summer looking for a used one. Used boats are in short supply due to Covid. My preference is not to have a fancy kayak style seat - I prefer to kneel with my butt leaning on a thwart and paddle with a single blade canoe paddle. I’m not particularly price sensitive. Cheaper is better but $2500 or so wouldn’t be a deal breaker.
Any suggestions on brand/model?