After years of bumming along in whoevers canoe, I’ve decided to buy my own. I canoe in Southern to Central Indiana so mostly Creek and River with a few lake trips here and there camping. I’d like to get a boat I could someday use for family trips with the wife and two boys when they get a little bigger. I’ll keep watching Craigslist for a used Royalex canoe but 95% of what i see is Ram x colemans or aluminum. I’ve had fun in both but because of Asian carp in the wabash I avoid aluminum and Colemans are not great handling nor big enough. Actually my main canoe buddy has one and it’s too small for us sometimes.
Right now I’m looking at Amazon or LL. Bean due to $600 in gift cards by spring and looking at Discovery 169, Penobscot 164 or 174. Leaning towards Penobscot 174 for carrying capacity when boys get bigger but worry she’ll be so long she won’t turn for anything. Besides the Colemans I’ve paddled some Discovery 158 and Saranac 146 as well as some Grummans.
Any advice on above 3 boats to consider