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I found out when alone in the wind sit in the middle seat to keep the bow down so you can control it better. Can't wait to take it out next time and put the electric motor on it. Oh and by the way I even paddled out into Tampa Bay with it yesterday against the wind and tide with no problem. This is my first canoe after having many big boats and 15 years captain on a 65 footer.
I've had the wife and kids on it and it's a stable boat. Now I'm just getting it personalized and comfortable for fishing. The best part is that I have a Hyundi Tiburon and a old ski tote carrier for the top of the car that the canoe fits on perfect for hauling.(I don't have to use my Ford F250) It's pretty easy to get it on the top of my car. I now can't wait until next spring so I can fish out of it. I just got back from taking it to a place in Michigan fishing and caught a bunch of fish that I wouldn't have been able to get to in a bigger boat.
Like I said I really like the canoe and can't wait till next season.(this season isn't over yet) I would recommend this canoe to anyone. It's a great boat to get out in and enjoy the outdoors.
It's very stable, I've never flipped it. One person at a time can safely stand up in it for a stretch. My original Scanoe is dented in places and has been repaired in several areas, but is still going strong. I recently picked up a like-new later, and much lighter model at a great price. I now have two.
To keep the bow of your Scanoe down in the water and increase its stability, a deep cycle battery placed just behind the bow seat is perfect. I installed 4 ga. wire from a connection box under the stern seat, where the motor's alligator clamps attach, and the wires terminate at the bow seat at a set of battery clamps. I'm on my 4th battery and I've run this rig all day on the Chesapeake's tidal rivers, in the Bay proper, the upper Potomac and our local fresh water reservoirs. I also have used a 5hp 1967 Evinrude outboard (Fisherman - no gears, 2-cycle, very light) and the Scanoe clips along steadily but it will never "get up on plane" - don't expect speed out of this thing. Just remember that this boat gets more steady by increasing the load along its length - too much weight in the stern will allow it to roll over!
To move a Scanoe over short distances, install a 36" 2x4 across the stern with 8" wheels lag-bolted to the ends (use fender washers and don't tighten bolts - the wheels have to turn freely). Run two 5" carriage bolts through the 2x4 to matching holes in the transom. Turn the boat over, lift the stern, slip the carriage bolts into the transom holes and drop the boat onto the wheeled 2x4. Now you lift the bow and wheel the boat to the water or around the yard without lifting it & killing yourself. Drill holes through the carriage bolt shafts for spring clips to keep the 2x4 from coming loose from the transom. Pull out the spring clips at the water and toss the dolly in the truck for later.
Store this, and any, plastic boat out of the sun! UV rays will cause cracking in the Polyethylene hull. If your boat does develop cracks, another post here has a link to bulls-eye-trading, good folks who sell the only patch kit I could find on the Web. It works! Best of luck and please be careful!
This old Scanoe takes a beating and comes back for more. I've heard it called the tugboat, green pig, creature, ... but I would take it over most other boats to get to the fish. I often flyfish for trout and find that I can drift over a hole, see the fish and the boat does not spook them. It must look like a non-threatening log. What spooks them is the shadow of my rod. I have had dozens of catches on flies dangling in the water beside the boat.
I'll admit, paddling all day could be a chore, but with a small motor it is the perfect shallow river boat that glides over most rocks when my friends in more rigid boats get stuck. Versatility, stealth, ruggedness, etc. it is a 10/10. For pretty boys paddling around, it might not be the boat for you.
I have an electric 40lb thrust trolling motor in the back with the battery mounted in the front, anchormates forward and aft. I put 4 eyebolts in for the anchor rope so I can control both anchors from the back. I have mounted in the back on the rear tubular handle my Lowrance XR 51 fishfinder and my GPS unit. The rear seat came with rod holders that I just replaced with rod holders set up for trolling. Something else I found this summer that worked great was buying a couple of these cheap folding nylon seats that come in a storage back form Walmart for about $5. The type you use for picnics etc. These work great and are very comfortable, I can set one up in the back turned facing the back and sit in this with my feet up on the bench seat while I am trolling…awesome! Something else I found is steering it with a paddle while using the motor worked very well and limited my need to put my arm behind my back.
The idea of launching this boat into areas that do not have boat ramps is great not to mention not waiting to launch when a bass fishing club overwhelmed the boat launch. This boat is well worth the money when you compare it to other square back canoes.
I am looking forward to a lot years of fishing and enjoyment from this boat at a price that’s affordable.
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