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Submitted: 06-15-2004 by mg

Read this before deciding not to buy a Discovery 119K. All the hype about instability, bad tracking, entry and exit problems, is just that--hype. I put mine in the river the day after I bought it and found it to have the qualities Old Town is noted for. It is not unstable. It tracks well unless you don't know how to paddle. It'll take an easy stroke much nicer than the power strokes the big guys are trying to give it. It's not a boat for fat folks who are apparently the ones giving the bad reviews. I used it in still water, took it upriver, and downriver through rapids, and not once did I experience anxiousness over the boat's stability or handling. It's not supposed to perform like a nineteen footer. If you wanted a longer canoe, you should have bought one; a shorter canoe can't do everything the longer ones do. Decide what you need, then buy. If you want a solo canoe and you're not the macho type that does everything in a hurry, and you want a boat that won't dunk you, get the 119k. I deliberatly leaned mine to the point of dunking, and I found she'll go all the way over to where the gunwale touches the water before she flips. That's a lot of lean. If you want to carry a lot of stuff, or take someone with you because you're scared to go alone, or if you want to race, by a longer canoe or get a bass boat, but don't whine about the best solo canoe on the market just because you can't handle it.
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