Submitted: 10-15-2008 by muscle72
I bought my Old Town 147 for 399.00 at Dicks sporting goods this September. Since then I've taken it out on three separate occasions with four separate people, some with good experience and my 11 year old brother who has never been in a canoe at all. I've yet to have a single problem. It floats, steers, handles great, and is extremely stable. I haven't done any fishing with it yet, but you can stand up with out any fear of tipping what so ever, we even had two people standing in it with out any worries. The only thing I have noticed is a bit of oil canning in the center, but it poses no problems at all.
The first place I had it out at was Lake Arthur at Morraine state park in PA. We had a great time and took it all over. Then in the Monongahela river in Greensboro PA, where we took it up river towards Point Marion and all the way up Dunkard creek there until we would have had to carry it across some rocks. I just got back from putting it in the Youghiogheny River at Ceder creek park near Rochester PA. It handled all the water great!
As for the weight I'm 5'7" and around 155 lbs and can carry it from the garage to the roof of my '91 Toyota Corolla have it strapped down and be ready to go in 5 minutes by myself, the carry yoke works great. Hauling it anywhere with two people just makes it all that much easier. Great boat, great price, great buy. 2 thumbs up!