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Canoes---Info Needed...I want one

Old 05-05-09, 12:41 PM
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Canoes---Info Needed...I want one

I'm looking to purchase a used canoe but have no idea where to start.

Just looking for one that can seat 2 people and for use in calm rivers/streams.

I'm looking online, but have no clue as to what lenght I should be looking.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-05-09, 03:14 PM
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I would suggest a 16 ft canoe. It's a nice size for 2 and sometimes 3 people, can be moved on the top of an SUV or good size car and is easy for two people to carry and if in shape, one person. Generally though, the longer and larger the canoe, the faster you will go since it rides higher on the water and carry more weight. Sometimes they have a little runner ridge on the bottom length of the canoe. These can be good if your planning on using it in lakes mainly because it prevents the canoe from side-slipping.

I would suggest the Old Towne brand, they have excellent ones, but LL bean are also good. Coleman has some cheaper ones, all about how much quality you want, how long you want it to last, etc. Not sure how many used canoes are for sale out there.

I assume your looking at something pretty recent in construction. If you get into the older ones with wood construction, they are wrapped in canvas and the canvas can be delicate and easy to crack if you let the sun work on it.

You should also store it under cover. The sun works on them pretty quick.
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If you have a garage with some extra room, you should build a cedar strip canoe. Beautiful!

I actually don't have much advice here, as I prefer kayaking. But I also live in the perfect place for it!
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Check with your state for registration fees - there may be a big break in fees between, say, a 14' and a 16' canoe.
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Originally Posted by Jeeden View Post
I would suggest a 16 ft canoe. It's a nice size for 2 and sometimes 3 people, can be moved on the top of an SUV or good size car and is easy for two people to carry and if in shape, one person. Generally though, the longer and larger the canoe, the faster you will go since it rides higher on the water and carry more weight. Sometimes they have a little runner ridge on the bottom length of the canoe. These can be good if your planning on using it in lakes mainly because it prevents the canoe from side-slipping.

I would suggest the Old Towne brand, they have excellent ones, but LL bean are also good. Coleman has some cheaper ones, all about how much quality you want, how long you want it to last, etc. Not sure how many used canoes are for sale out there.

I assume your looking at something pretty recent in construction. If you get into the older ones with wood construction, they are wrapped in canvas and the canvas can be delicate and easy to crack if you let the sun work on it.

You should also store it under cover. The sun works on them pretty quick.
LL Bean canoes a rebranded Old Town canoes. I'd go with a 14 or a 16 footer.
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Old 05-05-09, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Heat View Post
Check with your state for registration fees - there may be a big break in fees between, say, a 14' and a 16' canoe.
Wait. You need to register a canoe in Illinois? I see your in IL and I am also reside there.
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Wait. You need to register a canoe in Illinois? I see your in IL and I am also reside there.
Yep.

http://www.boat-ed.com/il/handbook/register.htm
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http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/Boats/pdf/boatapp.pdf

Yes, unless you are boating on a private pond. For a canoe it is $13 for the first year and $6 for renewals.

There may also be lake fees. For example, Lake Springfield:
http://www.cwlp.com/lake_springfield...at_license.htm

$13 to $19.50 if the canoe is less than 16' long
$14.50 to $19.50 if the canoe is equal to or longer than 16'

These costs are per year and assume the canoe doesn't have a motor.

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What purpose does this really serve? It's not expensive, but it's a canoe, not a speedboat!
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