new canoer

Raeford, NC

#1 Jul 2, 2012
I will be buying a canoe within a month. I have some questions and was wondering if anyone can help. I will be using the canoe for fishing, and trips around a few local lakes with the wife. When I fish it will be my wife, my son, and I going. My son is 3, so I will need something stable, and something that's not going to need much correcting to stay on course. My maximum budget is about 650, and I've been looking at the old town saranac 146xt. All the reviews are good, I want to know what you think. Is there any place locally that sells canoes, other than gander mountain?
Old Town

Greensboro, NC

#2 Jul 3, 2012
I have an Old Town 169 Discovery and love it. The capacity is about 1100 pounds and it can be used on flat water or moderate rapids. I would get something at least 16 or 17 feet, the longer the canoe the easier it is to paddle and keep tracking in a straight line. Also look for one with low gunnals to minimize wind resistance and drift for lake use. Mad River also makes a good canoe but I don't have much first hand knowledge of them, other than a 3 day camping trip in Maine.
new canoer

Clover, SC

#3 Jul 3, 2012
What are gunnals? Also, I am limited in transportation, I have a chevy impala, and need to either buy a trailer, or over head holder. Do you think I could get a 16 footer, and still be ok?
Old Town

Greensboro, NC

#4 Jul 3, 2012
Basiallly, gunnal are the side above the water. The higher they are,the better the canoe is in white water but they catch more wind on a lake. So far as transportation, you can easily haul a canoe of 17 feet or so on an Impala. You can buy four foam 'feet' that slip over the sides and hold the boat upside down on the roof. Then just get four motorcycle tiedown straps to run to the corners of the front and rear bumpers from the front and back of the canoe. I wouldn't bother with a trailer to haul a canoe, I have hauled them on the roof of Jeep CJ5s, Chevy Citations, and even on the roof of a regular cab pickup truck (although upside down across the bed/tailgate works better).
new canoer

Raeford, NC

#5 Jul 3, 2012
How would I know how much of the canoe is above the water, what your saying makes sense, but how can you judge untill you have the boat loaded, and in the water? And your right, my impala is 16.6ft long, the canoe im thinking about is 14ft long.
Old Town

Greensboro, NC

#6 Jul 7, 2012
The gunnal highth is all relative. Most canoes have a flatbottom and will sit in th water about the same depth for a given load so just look at overall side height. Some brands get really tall at either end too, which looks good and is good for white water but sucks in a cross wind. Don't worry too much about hauling on a car either. If it overhangs a foot or two on either end it is no big deal, the front tiedowns will angle back to the front bumper to prevent the canoe from sliding forward and the rear ones will go down and forward to the rear bumper to keep it from sliding back. A longer canoe is easier to paddle and keep tracking straight than a short one.

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