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Old 08-14-2019, 07:20 AM   #21
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Re: What's Your Preferred Watercraft For Rivers?


I have one of these.

Gheenoe.
Flat bottomed canoe.

Heavy (150lbs) but versatile and very stable.
Some people put motors and even polling platforms on em.



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Old 08-14-2019, 08:59 AM   #22
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Avoid Coleman canoes at all costs. They can be tippy to the point if being dangerous, and at a minimum, no fun at all .

I always liked the old aluminum ones they always had at camp. Couldn't tip those over if you tried.

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I have a Coleman and seems fine to me along with a few kayaks
The canoe has a short molded keel along it’s length.

Is it possible the one you were in was bent? They will bend but can be bent back to normal shape easily
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I have one of these.

Gheenoe.
Flat bottomed canoe.

Heavy (150lbs) but versatile and very stable.
Some people put motors and even polling platforms on em.



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That's a nicely designed boat, pointy front but nice and wide, hard chined so much more stable than a round bottom.............
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Stability doesn't depend on whether it's hard chine or not.
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Stability doesn't depend on whether it's hard chine or not.
Wrong, a hard chine is definitely more stable than a round bottom, keeps it from being rolly.
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Keep em coming. I'm getting the picture.

Been looking at Adirondack pack canoes. Light and short, no frills. That is my MO for all things in life.
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Easy, give us a little more info on what you'd like to do on the river. Do you want to camp, just float down,etc?

In 2017 I did 40 miles of river over a couple days camping and fishing out of a double storage kayak. Last year I took my wife and boy on a couple day camping and fishing trip with our canoe, and one trip just the boy and I via canoe.

I'd find a cheep used canoe your not worried about scratching and ruining and have at it. Later you can upgrade to more specific or higher end craft. Of course the river also makes a difference, rapids, small falls, downed trees, etc.

I do a lot of fishing and camping on rivers. We have dry bags and removable pole mounts for the fishing poles.
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I seem to remember you having kids. I'm dealing with a 3 year old and his attention span, which admittedly is pretty good for a 3 year old.
He loves doing stuff with me, and I love hanging out by rivers. We point at stuff that's cool and I tell him what it is. I'd like to do this from the river. There's one by my house that we can put in at, as well as a bunch of lakes locally that we could hang out in.
The thing about the 3 year old is though, you never know when things are going to go south, so I want to be able to make a hasty retreat. I'm looking for something that, in the event of a poop emergency or something, I could carry in one arm, with the kid under the other. The craft BRG posted looks like it's exactly what I'd like functionally, but 150 is a bit much. I'm looking for something 50-100lbs that I can throw in the back of my van(<12ft).
Something exactly like this is what I'm looking for.... I think.
https://www.swiftcanoe.com/adirondack-pack-12
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we run the klamath & rogue in this boat and numerous lakes.

I call it a 4 wheel drive boat.

been up and down ishi pishi falls on the klamath in it....

what a ride....
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That's a nice small canoe.

He'll only be 3 for one year... ;-)
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I used to think so, but this has been a long ass year.
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$2500 fot that

I can buy a lot of kayaks for $2500 and not have to worry when they bounce on rocks
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I'm a used market kind of guy. I search out exactly what I want, then find the cheapest facsimile of it for under $200. I'm a patient boy.

Life regrets: Passing on the house at the corner of Chestnut and River in Boonton. The house sucked, but the yard was the size of a football field and it had 100 feet of private river frontage as well as a private slip. I mean, I like my current place, but damn.
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If you want to carry the kid under one arm and your boat under the other, you're getting an inflatable canoe or kayak.
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I'm not opposed to that.
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we run the klamath & rogue in this boat and numerous lakes.



I call it a 4 wheel drive boat.



been up and down ishi pishi falls on the klamath in it....



what a ride....
Jet or prop?

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Jet or prop?

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I wouldn’t go with an inflatable, at least not any of the ones I’ve used.

They are hard to steer , too light , and the wind blows them around .

Probably better ones than my experience, still I would have to try it out first

A canoe is a good choice , I had lots of fun in canoes in my youth . I would go bigger rather than smaller . Whatever disadvantage on land is overcome in the water , with storage, leg room , and stability
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Until your son is old enough for his own kayak, the canoe is the way to go for shared fun if you're looking for inexpensive options... your other lowest cost kayak that checks most of your boxes, and lets you and your son ride together, unless you find a cheap used canoe, is going to be an inflatable... the one below seems to have some good reviews, including video reviews (two seats, seats reversible, pump/paddles, kayak, only 32lbs., carrying/storage bag) and might be a good option...

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/int...dCatid=1025132




A good starter one as it were for $75...

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