I know there have been threads on this in the past, but they all appear to be pretty old, as far as I can tell.
Backstory: we have a 65 lb German Shepherd/ Australian Shepherd mix, who is, well, energetic and willful. We love her to pieces, but kayaking has not gone as well as it did with our previous dog, and she’s a little too big for the cockpit of my husband’s kayak (Eddyline Sandpiper 130, so a big opening.). She was fine when she was little, and would disappear underneath for naps between his feet. That’s no longer possible, and she ends up half in his lap, when she isn’t shifting around too much. I took her in that boat once, and it is pretty unsettling. She has dumped them out more than once. All our other kayaks have smaller cockpits. So she hasn’t had nearly as much practice as we had intended, due to the inherent issues.
I’ve read here that canoes are better for dogs. I spent months trying to research online, but wonder if there is more up to date info, or more people on here with experience. I know someone with a beautiful Northstar Trillium that I nearly drooled on when I saw it - beautiful, and super lightweight (I expect to use the boat with and without the dog, and want something I can hoist onto the car by myself). I suspect a Trillium would be too small for the purpose, since we’d be pushing the upper end of the ideal load. I do need to shed some pounds, but I’m also thinking the Northwind Solo would be better. I’m hoping to test paddle some boats in a month or two, but there really isn’t anything local. I seem to have my heart set on a Trillium or Northwind, in Blacklite, but know I should test others as well. We will have to travel. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good, lightweight (30 lb?) solo canoe for us? I don’t think kneeling will work, because my 57 year old knees don’t like that sort of thing, and I don’t want a pak setup, because Ellie would immediately be on my head (I can’t even sit on the floor with her). She’s a lovable handful. I also don’t want a tandem, because I know Hubby doesn’t appreciate me “hupping” him from the stern
We decided new would be the way to go right now, as I haven’t seen anything comparable used for many months that wasn’t nearly the price of brand new. Such is the world right now.
While I have paddled canoes before (1 year racing with a partner when I lived in northern Wisconsin long ago, as well as one trip to the Boundary Waters), it was all a long time ago. My family does have a cabin on the Au Sable River, so it would be for that plus local small lakes and rivers.
I’m excited and antsy. Still skiing right now, so paddling is a ways off yet.