I’m 77 at 200 lbs and 6’, 2fus is a 75 lb Labrador missing one back leg and wears a bulky vest. Our running water experience is in a 14’ x 42" 118 lb beat up old Rogue River between Buchanan and Glasgow on the James River, VA class 2 rapids (Buchanan gauge at 4’+). The canoe was as sluggish, but also as stable, as the reviews said it would be but allowed us to “not” get our feet wet. He loves riding in d’boat as much as d’truck. Since I paid less for the Rogue River than it would have cost to board the dog I’m at the break even point and ready to get a really suitable canoe for future trips. I’m considering the Equis Pocket Canyon or Prospecteur 15 and would appreciate any opinions on other options. That puts the price ceiling at 2K, but of course less is better. Thanks for your help.
“Class 3 water” is a term that is casually tossed around.
If you are paddling Class 2 water, you probably know what that means.
A high percentage of paddles do not.
For ww you need a decent sized boat with rocker so you can turn it. No keel. It should be reasonably deep as in 14 inches or more with a dry hull that can shed waves. Some boats have sheer entry lines which slice through waves instead of riding over them.
There are lots of canoes that will work if you have the skills.
Thanks ppine. You reenforced my gut feeling on the matter. It sounds like I’m on the right track with the Pocket Canyon and Prospecteur.
I second the Prospeteur, the 15 would be better for a single paddler and a dog. The Pocket Canyon, is only 14’ and some change might be tight with a pup. Esquif also has the Huron which is the Prospecteur 15 but make shallower 12.5" as opposed to 14" but with the same rocker. REI has a good deal on the Prospector 16 and the Huron 15 right now. They are both sub $2K and they will ship to store for free. I just picked up a new 16. It was the best price I could find anywhere by a couple hundred bucks and no shipping.
I’ve done a lot of paddling in solo canoes with a dog about same size as yours. Either of the boats you are considering will easily handle the dog. If it were me I might lean towards the Pocket Canyon because it does not have a front thwart so when you’re paddling backwards from the front seat the dog has a bigger open space in front of you. Plus the 4" of rocker should be even safer (for the dog ) in fast water.
It is no big deal to move some thwarts and seats around in a canoe. You can take a smaller tandem say 16 feet and take out the middle thwart and add a solo seat in the rigtht place and move the forward thwart.
After paddling tandem canoes for so many decades with 2 paddlers and often with one, I am finding the solo boats with a beam under 32 inches feels tender. They settle down some when loaded with overnight equipment.
More good information. Keep it coming guys!