Ok, so I am looking for some advice from some folks who have more experience than I do. I’ve been learning a lot about canoes and have decided it’s time for us to purchase one inestead of continuing to borrow and rent them. Here are the two I’m thinking about and below is what I’ll mainly be using it for:
- 17’ Mad River Royalex (1980’s) and I’m afraid to give too many details because I’m afraid someone will read this and go buy it before I can! Lol! Weighs 80lbs $400
- Old Town Discovery 174, again, an older boat for $300. Weighs 85lbs-ish
The canoe will mostly be used for remote campsites on lakes and rivers in Maine and therefore, we want a sturdy, big, large capacity, tank that is hard to roll since we have a never ending supply of kids (right now our twins are 14 and older ones are early 20’s) who will be using it as well as my husband and I who are by no means experts when it comes to paddling. But we love being out on the water and searching for the best private campsite there is…with way too much gear! Ha!
The kids will likely paddle right into rocks and in places they’d never want me to know they went when they borrow it…so it needs to be bullet proof. Yes, we know both are heavy and no, I can’t afford a brand new boat made of Kevlar or whatever.
Ok, please advise. Thanks!