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Looking for Solo Canoe

6/13/22 @ 8:40 PM
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river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

Looking to buy a solo canoe. lightweight 20-40 pounds, 12 ft long,  

I might be picky but appreciate all offers. Thanks

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6/15/22 @ 7:36 AM
madguyfly
USER SINCE 4/16/20

To me it seems that Esquif is a good price deal for still getting relatively light weight and the T-formex.  

I actually got a tandem Esquif 15 foot to help take someone out but I can also paddle it solo facing the stern.  

6/14/22 @ 7:54 PM
river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

Thanks for the comments gentlemen I have been eyeing up the Esquif and Northstar models, amazing new (to me) materials are adding some strenght while keeping the weight down.

I still use a Royalex tandem made by Bell and its getting too cumbersome for this aging carcass to carry.  A lighter boat would be welcome, easier to carry and launch and get on small lakes and rivers in the federal forest. 

6/14/22 @ 2:11 PM
madguyfly
USER SINCE 4/16/20

Boats in the 20-40 lb range are the higher priced ones that I've seen like Swift and Northstar. 

I have the Old Town Solo Sportsman and really like it.  Only 'complaint' is it's a bit of a slog in bigger water but it's great for smaller lakes/ponds and rivers.  Lower kayak seat with the open area of a canoe. 

The original OT Guide is also really good and the seat isn't that much lower.  

Boats like the Esquif Adirondack and Echo have good reviews.  

Had a kayak for a few years and while they're great, being able to get in and out of a canoe is really nice.  

6/14/22 @ 1:40 AM
Master_Piker
Master_Piker
USER SINCE 12/7/05

I bought an Old Town Guide 119 about 8 years ago. It is 11' 9" in length and has a 500 pound weight rating. It comes with a molded, flip-up seat similar to a sit-in kayak. It is 33" wide, weighs 49# and has a nearly indestructible 3-layer poly hull (Royalex). The Guide 119 was a Dick's Sporting Goods exclusive and is no longer made, but the Discovery 119 is essentially the same canoe with a nylon web seat and they have a new Discovery Solo Canoe that is the newest model of the 119 with similar specs. I can easily load and unload mine from the top of my truck by myself.

There are entire forums and websites dedicated to modifying the various 119 canoes. I bought mine because unlike a kayak, it is very stable and I can take my chocolate lab with me (or a LOT of gear!). I primarily use mine for fishing small lakes and rivers, but it also works for camping. I'm not a small guy and with my dog and me in the canoe, it is very stable. I did lower the seat about 3", which lowered the center of gravity and added even more stability. Mine ran about $600 back in 2014...I see the Discovery 119 model is about $850 and the new Discovery Solo model is about $1000. I will also note that this tracks better and paddles faster with a kayak paddle, which is what I use. I also keep a small canoe paddle under my seat for maneuvering while fishing. Keep your eyes peeled, as these pop up from time to time on Craigslist or Facebook.

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