- Feb 16, 2019
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Generally when solo paddling a canoe, especially if it is empty, I turn it around. I kneel with my back against the bow seat instead of the stern seat bringing me closer to the beam. The stern seat is set further back for better steering when two people are paddling, the bow paddle provides propulsion while the stern paddle steers.So I tried out a used canoe today; a polyethylene one. Thrift store guy let me try it and said it's $180 with the paddles if I decide to keep it.
Noticed it is warped on the side, like it was dropped hard (we talked about it). The bottom is also kind of warped from being strapped down I guess.
Took it to the lake and man, it seemed like a terrible boat! Never felt anything so unstable! Granted I was the only one in it and no other items, so the front was lifting a bit. The seats are, in my opinion, way out of balance, with the back one all the way to the rear, and no adjustment possible. Maybe that was part of the issue.
I've been on canoes before and never felt anything this tippy. I mean, I used to put the canoe in the water with my friend and then step in it. Yeah, needed to watch my balance, but it didn;t feel tippy. I was even in a canoe down in Shark Valley in Florida surrounded by alligators and had a huge gator surprise us sunning just feet away (or better said we surprised him) and he literally dove, his tail almost hitting me and splashing us with water! I mean this guy was maybe an inch from scraping the canoe! That canoe rolled into his dive, but not even close to tipping. This thing today was almost trying to flip with me just paddling slow! I got maybe ten feet from the boat ramp and returned by literally paddling backwards, very carefully!
This is the canoe from today:
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So obviously I'm not keeping this canoe.
He has another one, fiberglass, for $300 with the paddles that I may get:
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Looks a lot better!
Anyone have experience with how these handle?
Just a note about paddles, If paddles are added to the sale of the canoe they do not add any value to it. A paddle has to be properly sized to the paddler. Otherwise it's like buying someone else's shoes.He has another one, fiberglass, for $300 with the paddles that I may get: