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Reviews for Guide 147 Canoe by Old Town Canoe


Rated: 8.71/10 Based On: 129 Reviews


Guide 147 Canoe by Old Town Canoe

Length: 14' 7" - Width: 38.0" - Starting at: $659.99
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09-13-2014
Submitted by: View Profile Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     Stability is my favorite attribute in this canoe, both initial and while paddling. I can practically lean out and over and the canoe hold me up. The plastic molded seats are comfortable and supportive (more so with an added seat back and seat cushion for long trips). The one item I would like for an improvement is to lower the weight of the canoe. However it is rugged and takes bounces, rock hits well - Note: I paddle on quiet waters not rushing rivers.
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09-06-2014
Submitted by: joeSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Very nice canoe. My friend loaned me his to demo before I made a purchase. With its width and stability, I really wanted to try one. I hate to say I weigh 330 pounds. I am on a strict diet and exercise program so i can canoe again like i did for many years. I have been apprehensive about getting in a canoe, but i said lets give it a try. I took my 6 year old and his 8 year friend. I wanted to put as much weight toward the bow to keep the boat more balanced, due to my lard rear end. I dragged the canoe across a lot in our neighbor hood to our little private lake.

First of all, not only does the 147 look great, it is light enough to handle while dragging or loading on car. We got in and to my surprise I was canoeing again! I loved the canoe due to its stability. Having two young boys excited and making sudden moves, even though i warned them not to, the canoe remained very stable. I am happy to say the kids now say everyday,"can we please go canoeing dad"?

I will purchase an Old Town 147 Guide from Dicks Sporting Goods since it is also in my budget. I'm sure there are a lot of canoes that are wonderful, but for the money, this is one fine canoe. This comment is coming from a guy who got hooked on pizza and not enough outdoors. One thing for sure, my ways are changing for health reasons, also so I can take this 6 yr old canoeing in Arkansas on some level 1 family outings. I'm putting together a spring canoe trip as we speak. By then I plan to be 75 pounds lighter and j stroking like crazy. Hope this review will help someone who is large and needs confidence in purchasing the right canoe.

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09-05-2014
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Rating: 10 of 10

     We had our 147 for about 2 years and found it to be a solid, almost indestructible piece of equipment. I bounced it off all kinds of things I would avoid with my own hand built strip and glass canoe. It WILL hold a pile of camping gear and IS quite stable.

Having said that there were a few things I hated about it. Start with the weight, 74lbs?, ya right. It weighed that much after I removed the lounge chairs and replaced them with proper cane seats. When on the water the bottom of the canoe would bulge upward unless there was a load or a brace between the bottom and the thwart making it much heavier to paddle.

I liked it enough to sell it to a friend who wanted a canoe that his kids could use and abuse and not destroy but not enough to recommend it for much beyond that. It is serviceable but not much more.

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09-03-2014
Submitted by: M. DeSutterSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     This is one of the best canoes that I've paddled and owned. Very comfortable empty or loaded with camping gear. Stable in moving water and responsive. Very easy to paddle solo as the side chimes keep you tracking properly and responsive. Very pleased and a great durable canoe capable of being abused within reason. Extremely pleased with my choice to own this for years. And I'm an avid paddler. Thanks for a great canoe.
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07-21-2014
Submitted by: Pshep
Rating: 9 of 10

     Took mine down plenty of class 2 and 3 rapids and did just fine , had a couple of flips but mostly due to operator error, solo without any customizing. With a kneeling thwart and some airbags this boat became a whole different kind of monster, amazing control in swift water for a traditional canoe and the increased stability made into a really fun ride. I love my old town, wouldn't trade it for the world.
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07-21-2014
Submitted by: Dave PringleSend Email
Rating: 4 of 10

     A couple of years ago I was doing a lot of tinkering with our canoes in the search for the perfect solo canoe, thinking I could perhaps create one. I purchased the Guide 147 thinking I might use it as a solo canoe (right length, no keel). I should mention that soloing for me means using a kayak paddle and sitting toward the middle of the boat.

Long story shortened, the Guide 147 didn't work well. It was quite slow. I found also that it oil canned badly. When I tried it with my wife in tandem, it didn't perform well either. Bottom line I guess....it was a cheap boat and the moral of the story is you get what you pay for, and, why would I think it would work as a solo boat anyway?! A plus would be that it is very likely indestructible. I sold it a few weeks ago and got pretty much what I paid for it!

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07-03-2014
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Rating: 8 of 10

     We have owned the Guide 147 since 2001. Our first trip was to the BWCA, and although it slow, it definitely is very stable. We were crossing Duncan Lake along with a kevlar in very windy conditions. Whereas the kevlar flipped, we were able to maintain a straight and steady course. Almost felt like we were on a cruise ship. It's great for day trips and its almost totally indestructible. Our only regret is that when this came out in 2001 it didn't come with back supports.
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08-30-2013
Submitted by: nwSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Have owned several canoes. Have had a Guide 147 for six years. Used on rivers, lakes, for days at a time. Couldn't ask for a better all-round canoe.
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08-10-2013
Submitted by: S.R.S.Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     Used this model for a five day canoe trip, that includes a 1.5 mile portage. The canoe was wonderful to travel with, stable, turned well, but wasn't the best at tracking and was easily propelled (even with all the gear and a second, lazy person:). Not a fun canoe to carry though, its heavy and cumbersome (like every other canoe is on land).
Overall a very comfortable canoe!

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07-20-2013
Submitted by: RickSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I have had this boat on the slow rivers, lakes, and gulf coast and has always performed very well. Many day trips with the family. A few over nighters and one upper Suwannee River trip. Always a pleasure to paddle.
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06-21-2013
Submitted by: B.T.Send Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     It had been about 20 years since I had been in a canoe. I spent my youth doing it however. So I finally got to the point where I could buy one and I recognized that Old Town was a good name when it came to canoes. I own a Guide 147. I do not see where stability is a big issue and it maneuvers nicely with the proper strokes. It is awesome for the price.

Love it. I give it a 9 because I'm sure I can pay more and get one more suited for other purposes like white water. It helps to test the tipping point.

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05-29-2013
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I have owned my Guide 147 for roughly ten years now. I have used the boat everywhere from lakes while fishing to class I &II rapids. Can't say enough about the durability. Due to lack of storage out boat is stored outside year around. It has not faded or cracked. We have some pretty major scrapes and gouges from floating when the water was to low and they are all cosmetic. Nothing has come close to puncturing the hull.

I have only tipped this canoe 2 times in all the years I've owned it and both times were from hitting large rocks in fast moving but shallow water. I agree that due to the low sides you definitely take on some water when hitting the rapids but never enough to cause worry. If you're scared of getting wet then maybe you shouldn't be in a boat on the water in the first place.

I know there are fancier, lighter, possibly easier to handle canoes on the market. And those are great for all of the "professional" hardcore whitewater paddlers out there. But for a real family that needs a tough dependable boat that they can gets YEARS of enjoyment out of, the Guide is at the top of the list.

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04-29-2013
Submitted by: mikeSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I am on my second Guide 147, I bought ash/web seats on E-bay for 20 each they are very nice I lowered them about 3 inches, the stability issue goes away
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03-20-2013
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Rating: 10 of 10

     Comfortable contoured plastic seats, good back support. Good initial and excellent paddling stability. Would prefer a lightweight option. Wide open cockpit ideal for my long legs and ease of access.
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11-15-2012
Submitted by: K2Send Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Have had our Old Towne Guide 147 for about 3 years now. We love it! It is a bit heavy as others have mentioned, but with my son and I carrying it loaded with our gear it really isn't too much trouble. It is a bit tippy when you first get in it but as soon as we settle in and relax it doesn't seem to be bad at all. I purchased a removable third seat for it and have had a 3rd teenage boy in it with us. A bit cramped but did not affect the stability of the craft. I grew up living on a lake and had owned a 17' aluminum canoe since I was 14 up until my late 30's when I sold that one to move West.I have been looking for a replacement for that one for 10 years, and am very pleased with this one. I have yet to tip this one, as it could be my experience that has prevented us from doing so. If you want a good family utility canoe for the money the Guide 147 is the one to get.
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09-28-2012
Submitted by: LGSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     I have paddled a guide on rivers in Iowa for about 20 years and in the BWCA. I call it the tank. It is a incredibly tough boat, can literally drag the boat over rock bars. Heavy for portaging but is possible. With a lot of weight in the boat you move about 1' for each stroke. Great for floating down rivers.
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07-24-2012
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Rating: 8 of 10

     This canoe is a good solid starter. I got mine from my folks, they couldn't get along while paddling, kayaking fits them better. It is a bit slow but stability is great, flip only twice cause son tried to climb in from side and pulled it over. I've used it in class III rivers in Tn and lakes in north Texas. I was able to navigate and paddle myself in both river and lake. It has a middle seat and it does feel a bit more tippsey with a third person sitting up high how ever if they sit lower or on the floor that tippsey feel goes away. I've gone down class II standing up in the back with wife in front and son in the middle and it was very stable. I have been canoeing and kayaking for many years, growing up in the Rockies I spent many hours of my like growing up in rivers and creeks, this was the first canoe my wife and son have ever been in, I feel quite confident in the canoe that my wife and son can paddle it by their self down class II rivers or lakes while I'm in my kayak. If you are new to canoeing or looking for a nice stable canoe for your kids you can't go wrong with this canoe. I wouldn't recommend taking it down anything higher than a class III (or a class II for newbies,) because of the low sides. But if you want a good stable rec canoe for the lake or some river, or for some fishing you can't go wrong. The price won't break your wallet and the stability will keep your gear and you dry. Well that is my two cents not all will agree and not all will agree. Getting a canoe or a kayak is like shopping for a car or shoes you need to look about at you options and your budget find on that will do what you want it to do and one that is comfortable. Don't just take my review or anyone else's at that fact as to pure fact , look at all reviews find a place where you can try out different ones and pick one you like that is in your price range and you feel comfortable with and you will have many many years of enjoyment to come.
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06-30-2011
Submitted by: J. MaxeySend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     Well, as far as being unstable I haven't found it to be so. My wife and I have had one for about three yrs. now and we live on a river and use it often. We pack lawn chairs, an ice chest, sun umbrella, picnic basket and two Boykin Spaniels in ours on a regular basis and haven't turned over yet. However, I've let various people use it and placing a third person amidships sitting on something high like an ice chest seems to be a recipe for disaster with this canoe.

As far as handling characteristics, it's pretty much a pig when your by yourself in a high wind. I have to kneel amidships to turn it into the wind. This is my second canoe and I preferred the first one which was a 17 foot aluminum with a keel. It tracked better and carried a lot more gear, but the 147's not all that bad.

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06-06-2011
Submitted by: sdavisSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     u can dance drunk naked in this boat if u r ok with initial instability, secondary stability very good. handles like a barge in the wind. Have Run several class three rapids, ran them clean but had to bail out water due to sides being as low as they r. Wouldn't recommended for any thing above something that has consistent class 2. Added 3/4 inch plywood to middle with cut out for five gallon, live bait bucket. Have even rigged transom with electric 36lbs thrust motor, even that worked ok

Overall, Heavy, Slow, not really a river boat unless it's primarily a float trip. I've treated mine like shit and it has held up well. It can take a pretty good ding without damage. Good family boat. O.K to fish out of.

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05-16-2011
Submitted by: G PerkinsSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     Well, rating Canoes is like rating shoes..... You can rate for a specific function but giving an overall rating on a shoe is nearly impossible. For instance, baseball cleats would make horrible dress shoes,and dress shoes would make horrible running shoes but they are all good for what they are designed for.

In that sense I would call the Guide 147 a good pair of "walking" shoes. Durable, good enough looking and comfortable in a few different situations....
It isn't going to win any races, and I wouldn't take it down any major white water with the shorts sides. But for a general purpose very affordable, quality canoe I would recommend for the average recreational canoer.

Being 6'2" 290 and unable to kneel with a bum knee canoes def can get tippy on me, but the secondary stability on this is very good. I take my 5 yo and 6 yo out in this canoe and we fish in it just fine. It is a bit heavy but I am fine to carry alone the short distances. Love the durability of it and love the price ($450 in 2010 at Sports Autority).

Sure it handles like a barge in the wind but that is the trade off with the stability, thick material it is made from and low sides for easier paddling. NO canoe does everything perfect, but i say for 70% of your canoers out there this is a great fit.

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05-15-2011
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Rating: 8 of 10

     This is a good solid and stable canoe. Great for families and introducing kids to canoes. I have a Wenonah solo in Kevlar Ultralight and this canoe is clearly on the opposite end of the spectrum. It is heavy (almost 80 lbs) but as a result indestructible. I drag it across the parking lot and down the concrete ramp to launch - would NOT be doing that with my kevlar solo.

I was out this afternoon with my wife, 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old on a medium sized pond with some wind. I was the only one paddling and was kneeling with my butt resting on the rear seat with a straight shaft paddle. The canoe was solid and easy to steer. Not the fastest but perfect for these purposes. The kids were leaning out over the gunwales putting their fingers in the water and sure, it leans, but it is easy to manage, especially kneeling, and never felt like we were even close to tipping. I bought it used for $350 and would do so again.

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04-18-2011
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I did a 5 day trip in this beast this summer and wow, totally impressed. I do not like the fact that it doesn't have a rear thwart. I have taken the liberty of installing rear and forward thwarts for stability and for gear protection. Taking it down Lusk Creek in southern Illinois this weekend. come on Class I's and II's
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04-18-2011
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Rating: 8 of 10

     To all those people reporting the Guide 147 as tippy please take a good look at the hull. Took mine out today for the first time and had trouble keeping it upright! Got it home and gave it a good inspection (I know, I should have done it at the store!) Looking down the keel one half of the arch is 'bowed' more than the other, now I know why I was tipping to one side. Called the store and guy said they have been having problems with their canoes from their distribution center.

Lesson: Give your canoe a really good looking over before buying.

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04-13-2011
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Rating: 7 of 10

     This is a good beginner canoe and a really tough canoe, too. It is great for flatwater, and some mild whitewater. The primary stability is not great but better in a kneeling position of course. The secondary stability is great with a good paddle brace.

Pros: Tough, Affordable, Versatile
Cons: Heavy, Slow, Heavy, Slow, Flexes a bit

Overall it is a great beginner canoe and a good spare or loaner. I could see it as a good rental investment too.

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01-02-2011
Submitted by: DaveSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I am a science teacher in Port Townsend, Washington and this year we are doing Marine Biology right out on Puget Sound. I have assembled a "fleet" of canoes. Two Mad Rivers, two Navarros, and five Old Towns, four of which are Old Town Guide 147s! The four Guides (two red and two green) are rock solid in the water. They don't even come close to tipping. They are also virtually indestructible. We bang against barnacle encrusted pilings all the time. Great canoe for getting kids out on the water!
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10-18-2010
Submitted by: AMSend Email
Rating: 2 of 10

     This canoe is a piece of junk, which is why I wonder how anyone can rate this a 9 or a 10. The center bulges up from the force of the water. It handles like a pig. It is not even really a canoe. Just something shaped like a canoe that Dick's can sell to make a buck. I guess the price should have been the give away. If you plan is to camp on a little lake and let the kids us this to paddle around near the shore then it might be Ok but if were running this company I would be ashamed to market junk like this. I gave this two stars because we didn't sink and I was able to unload the canoe on some greater fool.
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09-15-2010
Submitted by: TMSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     This canoe is very rugged and well made. Great value, really. However, it has shortcomings: (1) initial stability is marginal for fishing, (2) without a center seat, it limits you--buy an aftermarket center seat, and (3) this canoe is hard to work with solo.
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09-13-2010
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Rating: 8 of 10

     Let me begin by saying this is a tough, well made, solid canoe. I don't think you could destroy it with a bulldozer. That being said, I'm not happy with the stability of it. I wasn't aware it had such a flat bottom. Took it out on a smooth lake yesterday and aside from that initial [in]stability, it was relatively A-OK. It got windy on the lake and it became a bear to handle, though. Brought it home and put it in my pool for more stability tests, thinking that maybe 'cause it was new I needed to get used to it. Well, I found its tipping point, or should I say tossing point! It nearly launched me and completely capsized with little effort at trying to tip it. My wife's words at that moment: "I'm not getting in that thing and neither is the dog"!

So, I have a dilemma. Do I try to sell it a two day old canoe and take a dumping on it, return it to the store 250 miles away, or ship it back for a refund via UPS for $150.00? All these problems are on me as I didn't try it out prior to purchase, (no one had one locally) but I have had other canoes (including an Old Town Disco 169) and a GREAT Stowe Allagash fiberglass model. At any rate, while it is obviously a good canoe for some, I think I bit off more than I could chew.
Anyone wanna buy a new Guide 147?

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09-01-2010
Submitted by: Old TownerSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I own 2 Old Town Guide boats 14.7 and I love them. I put cane yoke seats in the center of the canoes and my wife a I solo trip all the time. Putting the center seat in ($50 tops on Ebay) makes the canoe even more fun. It makes fishing and soloing just perfect because the canoe isn't that long. I have portaged my canoe with no problem. These canoes are built heavier but that's to my advantage. You can beat on the canoe and it will not break....run into things and not worry about it breaking....it really is a perfect all around canoe....
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08-30-2010
Submitted by: EBSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I love my Guide 147!!I take it out almost every weekend out on a lake not that far from my home. This canoe is hard to to tip. I have to force the canoe to tip to practice getting myself back in (At the front or back by yourself or if there are 2 of you on either side but not on the same side and at the same time).

I load it up with my gear and two other guys and to for a weekend out on it. I have no problem at all putting 3 people in the canoe. I just use a beach chair right behind the yoke and you got a good amount of room. I can stand up in the canoe with no problem at all. You just have to trust it and not be stiff. Who ever said that it tips easy is scared of tipping to the point where they are to stiff. It is heavy and not easy to carry alone. I use the foam blocks to transport it form my house to the lake and back.

I'm planing on taking it down a river trip soon and I'm sure that I will not have any issue with it. I love this canoe and I think that everyone should at least try one before to buy one. It's a good price for a good canoe.

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07-01-2010
Submitted by: RTSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I just purchased a new Guide last weekend and took it out that Sunday. It was great on the river and wife highly enjoyed it also. Not our first canoe but definitely our favorite so far.

Old Town is a pretty durable manufacturer in my experiences with them in the past. Boat handles as expected and meets my requirements of slow to medium flowing rivers with gear.

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05-20-2010
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Rating: 8 of 10

     It's a great little recreational canoe, yes it's heavy. I took the seat backs off for mobility reasons. It has done well in high winds on lakes, and well with waves. Taking it down the Green River in Kentucky in late June. I gave it a 8 due to weight and the seat's.
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05-03-2010
Submitted by: HfontenotSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Did lots of research and settled on the Guide 147. I absolutely love it. Yes, it is a little heavy and it also is a little difficult to solo in, but overall it is great.

I paddled this canoe in a lake with severe wind gusts. The lake is mostly flooded timber with great coves that can keep you out of the wind, but there are a few places where you have to paddle the open water. I did it by myself and it was fine. I used my gear at as ballast and it went fine. Really like this boat!!!

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09-15-2009
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I just purchased an Old Town Guide 147 and Its great. I am an avid canoeist and operated over 20 different model canoe's over the past 15 years, anywhere from nice sleek plastic canoe's to the old honkin giant bent to crap aluminum boats. I finally was able to save enough pennies and go buy my first canoe. My wife and I normally go canoeing on rivers and waterways, but this weekend we just wanted to test out our new vessel and took it to a lake at a local park. Whoever said it was tippy? This is a very stable canoe, I can see if you get it up on a log on the keel, you may find it more tippy than your typical flat bottom canoe. I thought for having it out in the middle of a windy lake, that it handled great and tracked very well. We can't wait to take it down the Pine River and really test her out. 10 out 10 for us.
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08-10-2009
Submitted by: GuideSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     The best recreational canoe on the market; especially for the price. This canoe is not a technical canoe; its a general purpose recreational canoe; perfect for most people/families. The canoe is not meant to portage (it's too heavy), or other technical uses. Buy a canoe model to match the intended use. Buy this canoe if you want a general use recreational canoe. Yes, the initial stability of the canoe is "tipsy" upon entry; however secondary stability is great. Tipping this canoe in a lake is very difficult; very safe for a family with kids.
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07-26-2009
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Rating: 10 of 10

     My wife and I love to paddle, but have always rented canoes due to the cost of purchasing. After a great deal of research we found that the Old Town Guide 147 seemed to be what we needed for the price we could afford. We just purchased one from Academy and took it for its maiden voyage on a local lake.

The Guide was perfect! The hull is firm. The Guide's weight, width, and hull design gave it a very stable feel. I am used to 16 foot rentals, but the 147 tracked just fine. There was a light breeze, but the bow seemed low enough that the wind had little effect. Paddling was almost effortless, so I think they could've named this the Glide. Launching was no problem at all. There was a little wobble the first step into the boat, but I am tall and probably didn't bend low enough stepping in. Landing was easy, because this canoe handles well. I was able to slip the bow right where I wanted into the bank.

I loaded the canoe on a headache rack and hitch pole by myself. It was a bit heavy when wet, but I think that will become a nonfactor when I get used to flipping it with the right leverage and body position. The three-layer poly might weigh more, but I like its rigid feel. The kid at the store showed me another brand of plastic canoe and I told him to push in on the side and then push in on the side of the Guide. You could see realization in his eyes when he said, "Oh, I see why you want the Guide!" The Guide 147 made a great first impression on my wife and I.
I would give it a gold star!

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07-07-2009
Submitted by: Juan RiveraSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I've had this boat for over a year now, and I have to say it is a great canoe. This is my 2nd canoe. We've done shallow, 6" slow rivers with no problem. We go out on lakes a couple times a week, and it always treats us well.

Our canoe has seats with backs. It's a 2008. It's very stable and solid in the water. We took it on a 3 days camping trip through the Nueces and 2 days camping trip through lower Guadalupe River area in TX. It handled all of our gear with no problem. The only reason I gave the boat a 9 is because it is very heavy at 74 pounds. It's no problem for short easy portaging though.

We love this boat, it does everything we want, and was cheap, only $435 from Bass Pro Shop. I would recommend it.

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06-02-2009
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Rating: 10 of 10

     Purchased for $350 on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods in December 2006, I can't say anything bad about the canoe. Have used it mostly on lakes, a little on the heavy side (74 lbs.) but not unreasonable. Slow go in much of a head wind but stable as the day is long. I never sat in a canoe before I bought this one, have had it out 20 plus times and have never turned it over except for one time.

Running the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, on a 3 day trip, handled gear and two inexperienced paddlers for the 30 mile trip down river. On the last day, one mile from the take out, we came upon Devil's Jump. Everyone was portaging around the falls, after packing most of the equipment to the lower end of the falls, I look and my partner and say "we can run this" and we did. Hit a major boil at the bottom lost balance and rolled over. Before we even got out of the water I told my partner we were dragging the boat back and doing it again. We did, and made through the second time without a problem at all. After bouncing off of rocks and down rapids, only very minor scratches on the bottom. Tough boat, not pretty in the classic style, but tough.

I love this boat, it will take you safely where you want to go.

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05-18-2009
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I just bought my Old Town Guide 147 yesterday. The canoe I bought is about 10 years old (molded seats but not seat backs). Until today, my canoeing experience was 2 or 3 times out in mammoth canoes that felt like tanks. A friend (another novice) and I took a 4 mile trip down the Ocmulgee River today as a trial run.

When we first left the bank, we had some serious side to side wobble (which I expected from some of the comments here)...but after a few minutes we got that under control. The Guide was completely unlike anything I'd ever canoed before...fast, graceful and simple. I'm 6'3" 280 and my friend is 6'1" 260. I was worried about legroom up front, but it wasn't a problem at all. So there we were...2 novices (540lbs) plus the cooler (35lbs?), and we felt completely comfortable after the first few minutes of working out the wobble.

We covered our 4 miles in an hour and 15 minutes...MUCH quicker than we anticipated and hoped. We moved to another spot upriver and put in again, this time paddling upstream. The Guide handled it with ease! I couldn't be happier! Looking forward to many, many more canoe trips in my secondhand Guide.

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04-16-2009
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I just purchased my new Guide 147 a few weeks ago, but so far I'm very impressed! I've read reviews where people have found it "tippy", but I don't find that to be the case at all. I grew up with canoes, and have never been without one so maybe experience is what they were lacking? I traded my Old Town Discover 133K in toward the Guide to get a more streamline canoe with more comfortable seats. The seats it comes with are amazingly comfortable! Initial stability is fine, secondary stability is very nice. This summer when it gets warmer I intend to take it out and try to tip it over. So far, I think you'd really need to try hard at it to dump it. With normal use and reasonable respect for a canoe, I doubt you'll ever get a soaking. Even without a keel, it glides true and tracks nicely. I find it takes very little effort to keep it going at a good clip, yet it's easy to correct and responsive when you need to steer it.

The only two issues I have with it, and these are minor, are:

  • Weight, it's a little heavy.
    Not bad, but it's no light weight. Most people load it from the yard to the car or truck so this isn't really a big issue. I've owned heavier canoes, so I don't mind it as I think it adds to the stability on the water but if you're looking for an ultralight canoe, you may want to look at something in Royalex or Kevlar.
  • Seats:
    Although very comfortable, this is a hard boat to solo. I lay flotation cushions in the middle and kneel to paddle by myself. The seat design, with the seat's back rests and over all "form fitted" aspect, you cant use the traditional method of using the front seat and paddling it backwards for solo use. If you think you might like to use it by yourself, you may not be able to unless you try the leaning method that I use. I'm currently looking for a way of mounting a middle seat that would allow me to keep the portage yoke intact.
So, in conclusion... I recommend this canoe to anyone looking for a great canoe that should last a lifetime plus with minor care. It's a good boat, that is very secure and comfortable for two person use. I certainly don't regret buying mine, and look forward to future fishing and camping trips out of it!

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04-09-2009
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought my Guide 147 about a month ago and I have taken it out 3 times. The first time I took it out was my first time canoeing. Great for a beginner.I was able to go anywhere I wanted in this. It's very stable and it's built to last. The seats in it I find are nice. I have the back rests. I want to add a third seat in the middle. After reading other peoples reviews they say that you can stand in it and the water I was in was 42 degrees so I'll let you know some summer if that is true. My friend and I get it going what seems to me a good speed. I took my girlfriend out in it (not an outdoors person) and she had no problem with it and in fact she really enjoyed it. I have yet to take it on a river but that is coming soon. It is a bit on the heave side and that makes it a bit hard to load when your by yourself. I built a canoe carrier and that really helps out. I love this canoe I would tell anyone to get one.
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04-07-2009
Submitted by: wjpSend Email
Rating: 4 of 10

     I am VERY disappointed with the performance of my Guide 147. It is very unstable and dangerous to do fast moving rivers in. The sides are to low and it swaps with water very easy. It is almost impossible to keep upright if any obstacle is struck from the side. A good point however is it seems to be indestructible. When paddling solo on a lake even siting in the middle on my knees the it is uncontrollable on windy days. I had Grumman canoe for 10 years and only dumped it once. I dump this one almost every time I go out.
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03-02-2009
Submitted by: pbwSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Awesome canoe!! I have owned it for 6 years now and have been in every conceivable situation with it. 3 foot swells, down class 4.5 water. 14 day camping/fishing trip. Sat in it for over 8hrs many times. Do recommend getting some sort of padded canoe seat with adjustable back at dicks or old town if your going to be spending a lot of time in the seat. And dragged it to many new adventures. I have Old Town solo and a tour kayak so I have experience in all those boats. All and all its a great boat for recreation and some hard core stuff.
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03-02-2009
Submitted by: Keith MullenSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had my eye on the Guide 147 for about 3 years now and after losing my last canoe, I finally had the validation I needed to getting another canoe. Went to the sportsman's store and checked out everything they had in stock & still went to the 147. I'm a bit curious as to if they recently redesigned it a bit, as the one I picked up is not as flat-bottomed as previous ones that I look over every time I am in the store... but I digress.

Today I finally got to take her out on the water & run it through the gauntlet to see what it really performs like (so many good ratings - but so many minor complaints on reviews as well). I have to say I have no regrets whatsoever on my purchase. Very pleased!

Before I get too far into it, I primarily fish & do day trips when canoeing. I like stability, control, and durability. This canoe is definitely different than others that I have had the pleasure of using, but different in a good way.

Is it heavy? Yeah, it's certainly not featherweight but it's not terrible to portage. Is it slow? Personally I have no complaints whatsoever about the speed. It slid on the water like a breeze. The initial stability actual did catch me by surprise at first. I wouldn't say it felt tippy, but it rocked very easily for the first 15min that I was on the water. After that, I guess I had adjusted to it & didn't rock anymore. The secondary stability was great. Started pushing it to the gunnels on purpose & discovered that one would need to be really careless or trying to capsize on purpose to get wet.

Without the keel, and with an apparently more rounded profile, a modified J-stroke/Canadian stroke kept it in line just fine. It handled wonderfully. Loaded up my old man, my son, and myself for another go around the lake & went through about 6" of water to our amazement. Didn't even notice a difference heading into 10mph winds. This one's body is hard as a rock & didn't oilcan at all. Looks like I picked a good one.

If you are looking for a really high performance lightweight canoe for extended trips - this may not be your best choice. If you are looking for a well rounded, enjoyable, all-purpose canoe - you certainly cannot go wrong with the G147 (IMO).

My last canoe was 17'with a full-length keel & tracked straight as an arrow, but overall was just satisfactory. This one may not be as forgiving on poor stroking form, but overall outperformed my previous canoes. I would say that this canoe is probably the best starter one could get, as it not only may last forever, but would be like taking the training wheels off - to require you to feel the canoe, learn the mechanics, and also give you the security in knowing that you'd have to mess up pretty darned bad to end up in the drink.

I don't know what else I can say. For $519 bucks, it moved and handled like a grand. I didn't use the seatbacks as I tend to use larger muscle groups for get-up-and-go & the backs would get in the way. I'll put em back on during lazy fishing days. If anyone knows if the body design really was modified recently, or if I'm just losing my mind, an update would be appreciated.

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11-11-2008
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Rating: 8 of 10

     We bought the canoe from Gander Mountain for about $430 in the spring of 2007 (having thoroughly read these reviews). I thought I'd put it through its paces before writing anything.

Transport was initially an issue because the canoe is a little too wide for our mini-van factory rack ('99 Mercury Villager). It was just wide enough to slide off the curved end of the rack which totally freaked out my wife a few times on the highway. I wasn't handling it all that well myself to be honest. We fixed this by removing the rack and just using the foam pads from a universal carrier kit and haven't had a problem since.

We have 3 small kids and initially my wife sat in the front and the kids sat in lawn chairs in a line. We never had any stability issues, even when all the kids leaned over to one side to look in the water. Since then I've picked up the plastic bench seat from Old Towne that you can pop on and off and they can all fit sitting on the bench.

It is a bit heavy (74 lbs) for my wife to handle so loading it is a bit of a hassle, she is rather petite for this sort of thing. (Incidentally, I'm looking for a canoe loader if anyone has any recommendations) I usually portage it alone if it's off the vehicle and that's not so bad using the factory yoke. I wouldn't want to go on a long portage without pads though, and mosquitoes seem to revel in the shade provided by the canoe.

When I go solo I've found that I can go through some very shallow water when I kneel down sit reversed on the bow seat. I also have all the control I need from that position. I have the formed plastic seats that aren't exactly comfortable when you sit on them backwards.

It is pretty tough to handle in the wind no matter how you sit or how many people you have in the canoe, but I think that's a problem with any canoe. Having grown up with a virtually indestructible Coleman with a keel this is quite a change, but I take it as a challenge to learn good technique and hopefully pass along a love for canoeing that my parents instilled in me. I've used it on modest sized lakes and relatively tame rivers so far and the only problem I've run into is dealing with the wind.

Overall I would recommend this to any family that wants to have affordable fun and have a durable canoe that can endure mistakes.

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10-15-2008
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Rating: 10 of 10

     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!

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09-24-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I just took my Guide 147 out on it's maiden voyage today. I loved it! It's very easy to control, and very quick in the water. I didn't notice much at all of the negatives that people have been saying.
Number 1: I found the rear seat to be very comfortable and roomy. I was worried that it might sit up too high, but that was not the case.
Number 2: the floor/bottom didn't move or buckle in the slightest, even when I decided to really push the canoe hard. I did notice that in a wind it was a bit difficult as the bow was high, but that's standard for paddling a tandem canoe solo. It is a bit heavy out of the water and some padding on the yoke/thwart is in order for sure.

I anticipate a lot of good trips in this craft. Granted this review is based on about 3 hours of paddling on reasonably still water on Ebenezer Creek in Georgia. When checking it out on dry land my wife did think she was going to feel cramped in the bow. She's only 5'3" so that is significant. She's also very novice when it comes to paddling and again, this isn't a limitation of the craft, but of the size. I drive an '03 Corolla, so a bigger canoe just isn't a practical option. That being said it's a great fit on a Yakima rack system.

All in all this is a GREAT value in a canoe. I got mine for $469 at Bass Pro shop. I did have to refuse two of the same models for some factory defects so be careful when picking one out. Even though this is a killer deal for a quality canoe it's obvious after my experience that Old Town's quality control might be slipping a bit. The defects were strictly cosmetic though.

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09-02-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     This is an update to a previous review.
I took the Old Town Guide 147 on a camping and fishing trip with my youngest daughter (11 yrs old, 85lbs) this past weekend. I did most of the paddling myself simply because when she paddled she would steer us off course a lot, but she was getting better by the end of the second day out.

Weather conditions were slightly windy probably about 10 mph which made the lakes a little choppy, paddling into the wind seemed easier then paddling with the wind, might have been because by the time we decided to call it quits we had been on the lake for about 3 hours. All in all it handled terrific on choppy water and in the wind.

I took it out by myself for a short paddle around the lake. I noticed that the bow was out of the water about 6 inches. Made the canoe real easy to turn but hard to control in the wind and had a lot of lost of stability. If I moved to the center of the canoe to paddle the stability was regained and was easier to handle in a straight line. But it was a little difficult to paddle due to the width and very difficult to turn from this position.

I will try it again by myself with a 48qt cooler filled with water sitting just behind the front seat. This should provide enough weight up front to counter balance my 200 lbs.

I would give this canoe an overall 10 except for the few issues I have had as a beginner paddler. My muscles are telling me I need to hit the gym more after this weekend.

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08-30-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Been researching and wanting a canoe for over 10 years. The Old Town Guide 147, Mad River Explorer 14TT and the Wenonah Prospector 15 have been the models I have had my eyes on. I finally bought the Old Town Guide 147 yesterday and took it on its maiden voyage today at Fort Phantom Lake just outside of Abilene, Texas.

Primary reason I bought the Old Town was I found it at Academy Sports for 449.00. This was the cheapest I have ever seen this canoe.

I expected my maiden voyage to be solo but I bumped into a friend at the lake and asked him if he wanted to join me. Glad I did so I could give it a better review with two adult men weighing about 200 pounds each. My friend complained about the leg room up front and also the motion that he felt every time I would cast my fly rod. I did not notice any severe motion from the back seat and had plenty of leg room. I did swap seats with him for a short paddle and I noticed that the leg room was cramped and any slight motion in the boat was severely felt making me feel unstable.

I am not an expert paddler, this being the third time out in a canoe, but I did find that the Old Town was very easy to paddle in a straight path and with two adults paddling we were able to get up some fairly decent speed.

Turning the canoe was very simple at higher speeds but at slow speeds or just drifting along it was rather difficult to change the direction of the boat.

Thoroughly enjoyed the maiden voyage, caught some good size Large Mouth Bass and most important of all, I did not capsize the first time out.

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08-27-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Purchased the Guide 147 in April 2008 from Canadian Tire for $300 new. Were originally looking at a new Clipper Ranger. We decided on the 147 as we were still unsure if we would like canoeing enough to warrant the expensive Clipper. We also do 100% flat water day tripping and puttering around. 80% of the outings will involve fishing. For those purposes the Guide 147 has exceeded its purpose. Lots of walleye pulled into that boat. Just remember this ain't a bass tournament boat so don't stand up suddenly when catching a big fish. Very stable once the wife and myself actually learned to paddle more properly.

Playing around I had to literally jump off the side gunnel to flip the thing. Handled wakeboard boats easily without any significant wobbles. With two, the wind was not any major factor. And not near as heavy as I expected from the reviews here once I practiced proper ways to lift the boat. Just hurts my wimpy neck a bit so padding is on the way for the yoke.

For myself, the wife and a 2 year old along with basic fishing and safety gear, the boat is perfect. For any tripping it is too small for more than 2 adults. I can definitely see myself taking a child out on the occasional Sunday fish.

Cons: I need to modify the seats a bit. Not near enough leg room for the wife up front. Trooper as she is isn't complaining, but I see her cramped up there. Need to move front seat back a few inches.
I need to find a way to stop sliding off the rear seat when really paddling. Possibly shim it to lean back a bit, something more grippy maybe. I also would like to add some kind of DIY footbrace/kneeling. Solo works fine but had to remove the back rest from the front seat and sit backwards with lots of ballast in the wind. A kneeling system near the middle would be the cats meow.

With child #2 on the way, in a few years we will definitely be looking at the Clipper Ranger again for the larger size.

In all the perfect boat for our purpose of floating around and fishing on flat water. What an excellent way to get into canoeing.

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08-06-2008
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Rating: 8 of 10

     Purchased this boat through Dick's Sporting Goods for $60 (a good sale and Visa perks). For the price it is a fine canoe.
I've spent adequate time in borrowed Wenonah Itasca's and Sundowners throughout Canada, Michigan and Ohio, but could only afford an Old Town Penobscot 17 (royalex) and a Mad River Explorer 16 (royalex). So the Guide 147 is a replacement beater for my stolen Mohawk Blazer 16. Like I said, for the price point you get a solid dependable canoe. It paddles easily and is extremely stable. The seats are a tad uncomfortable compared to cane seats, but are care free and durable. The canoe bottom is a bit too pliable and moves constantly up and down under your feet. Not that it is an issue, I'm just not use to that from higher end canoes. Stability is superb. This is a canoe I leave in Florida, so unfortunately it sits outside under the palms. It handles estuaries and slow moving rivers excellently. I also use this canoe as out family fishing vessel, loaded down with a Minn Kota Saltwater trolling motor and a couple teenage kids. It does get disconcerting when larger boats pass by creating substantial wakes, but we always stayed upright.

If you spend a lot of time portaging, or paddling with those in sleeker boats, you will desire to graduate to something higher end. I gave it an eight rating only because of my comparison with higher end boats that I've used and owned. For the dollar value I would not hesitate to recommend it.

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08-04-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had this boat for over a year now, and I have to say it is a great canoe. Mrs. Mantis and I have taken this thing down class II rapids, hit very large boulders and managed to stay afloat. We've done shallow, 6" slow rivers with no problem. We go out on lakes a couple times a week, and it always treats us well. Just yesterday, we were going through I'd say 1 1/2' waves with white caps, and we didn't even have to go to the floor.

Our canoe has molded seats, and no backs. It's a 2004. It's very stable and solid in the water. We took it on a 4 day camping trip through the St. Regis area in NY. It handled all of our gear with no problem. I even had my banjo in there. The only reason I gave the boat a 9 is because it is very heavy at 74 pounds. It was very hard to hike that sucker through the mountains and swamps in that wilderness. I made a rig out of an old hiking pack to help carry and it broke in half 2/3 of the way through the trip. It's no problem for short easy portaging though.

We love this boat, it does everything we want, and was cheap, only $400. I would recommend it.

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07-25-2008
Submitted by: scottSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I've had my Guide out for 3 lake trips now and am very satisfied with it! Being a novice canoer, I did a lot of research, viewed product reviews and educated myself on factors to consider when buying a canoe, and chose this one. I'm 245lbs + trolling motor & some gear in the back,with my wife @ 140lbs + the 50 lb battery behind the front seat and the canoe handled very choppy wakes from speedboats. At one time we were actually quite scared, but the canoe still didn't flip. I figure we just about tested it to it's max. Overall I would recommend the canoe to anyone. Mine also had the seatbacks attached. Great value for the money. We got ours for $499 @ Canadian Tire.
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07-22-2008
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Rating: 9 of 10

     This is the first canoe I've been in, much less owned. Like most, I looked through these reviews quite a bit and then made my purchase. I'm very happy with my choice. I've taken it out twice now. First time was a 4 hour trip down a slow river, and the second time was fishing in the sound where it handled boat chop pretty well (from the front and side). The only reason for the mark down is for the seat. I didn't get complaints about the front seat, but the back seat put some soreness in the backside after a couple of hours (not too bad though). Other than that, it's great. You do feel the low initial stability, but you get the confidence in its final stability and it's not a problem. Definitely recommend it.
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07-14-2008
Submitted by: KevinSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Just bought this canoe at Dick's Sporting Goods for $399 and I am excited to get it out on the water! I went to buy an Old Town Discovery but then when I found the Guide 147 I thought it was perfect. I plan to use it on lakes and maybe venture out onto some rivers as well. I am totally new to canoeing and will give an update after our maiden voyage.
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06-26-2008
Submitted by: popsterSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I bought this canoe on sale for less than many used ones in my area, Victoria, BC. I liked the width to provide some more capacity & stability. I took my kids out on one our local lakes yesterday. It tracked very nicely and felt very stable. I too, felt like my arse was ready to slide out of the seat....not sure if I can blame the seat for that one! Its a bit of a grunt to get up onto my 4x4's roof rack by myself, but that will come with practice. I need to replace the center thwart with a 3rd seat. Overall, I'm very pleased and my kids loved it.
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06-16-2008
Submitted by: BeakSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     Took this sucker out on its maiden voyage down the Russian River. Though this is not a super fancy canoe, it is a stable hassle free and enjoyable ride. There is a little oil caning towards the middle but I compensated by drinking more beer. ha ha figure that out.
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04-28-2008
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Rating: 8 of 10

     PROS: Price, Quality, Secondary Stability, Tracking, Durability
CONS: Seats, Leg Room (BOW)

I am new to the canoing world and was lured to this canoe based on reviews I read on this site and others. The price was also a determining factor and one of the reasons I didn't list weight as a con (you get what you pay for). Being a beginner, I expected to go through a learning curve, but the canoe tracked and paddled very well from the beginning. The biggest problem I have seen is the comfort of the seats. With the seat back installed, I can't sit back far enough on the stern seat to be comfortable and I constantly feel as though I'm going to slide out of the seat.

Overall I am very pleased with the purchase and given the same cost constraints, would make the same choice.

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02-25-2008
Submitted by: ACSSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     This is a great little Canoe to have at 15ft is small enough to get in and out of my Tiny apartment. Although it is a little tough to paddle solo in the wind, otherwise it is fairly easy to paddle and tracks well with added weight up when solo. I use a 5 gal. water jug to add weight to the Bow of the Canoe, which works great.
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07-09-2007
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Rating: 8 of 10

     This is a great all around canoe, but the one down side when going solo is it cannot handle much wind. I've had this canoe for about 2 years and I love the shallow draft and flexing hull because I mostly take it through marshes. I find myself not even using the seat but instead sitting on the back when paddling.
Also, anyone who says this thing is heavy, with two people its a joke I even use the yoke sometimes. I really recommend buying this one.

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07-05-2007
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Took my new Old Town Guide out this weekend for the first time. Did 7 miles down the upper Allegheny River in Warren and Forest Counties, PA. Canoe did well and was very very stable. I had my wife (who has gone canoeing 2x in her life) and our beagle who is 2 years old and very busy. Many times that boat was rocking and I though, "man we should have tipped that time" but we never did. I love this canoe. Very good boat for the money.
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12-01-2006
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Rating: 10 of 10

     We bought this canoe 2 years ago to keep at our cabin in N. Minnesota and for fishing local rivers. It's proven to be a great boat for fishing, although I wish the initial stability was a little better.

We have added sling pads (about $35) for portaging, this makes the canoe feel much lighter than it really is. My 15 year old daughter has no problems portaging the canoe.

For fishing this has proven to be a wonderful boat. The kids like to play with it in the lake because it doesn't tip over, but it still feels tippy.

I've read some reviews where oil canning is a concern and yes it does oil can a little; which is fine by me when dealing with shallow, rock filled rivers. If your looking for a family canoe or a two person sportsmans canoe, I'd say this was good choice.

This is my fourth canoe. I can't part with my 35 year old, 15' Grumman SS. However, the Coleman and Discovery Sport 17 however are no longer around. Not because they were bad boats, but this one fills my needs.

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10-02-2006
Submitted by: MikeSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought this canoe on sale in the spring. I was looking for a stable, tough canoe to use paddling and hunting with my son. I have been very happy with it so far. It seems heavier than 70 pounds, but once you get the feel for it, car-topping with it is doable. As mentioned, it can be tough to control in a high crosswind.
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08-25-2006
Submitted by: JimSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I've owned the Oldtown 147 for a little over a year now and have used it in a number of ways. I will say firstly, the drawback is definitly the weight. At 72 pounds, it's quite a handfull by yourself. Getting it on the car is hard, but not all that bad; it's the getting it out of the water where gravity really exerts itself.

Tacking is slow, but if you plan ahead, especially on rather fast moving rivers, you will minimize any short-comings. Also, as mentioned in earlier postings; in a strong crosswind it can be a bear to keep straight.

Now, having said all that, I've loaded this canoe like a camper, paddled through Class I - III, hit rocks, scraped along the bottom of the river, paddled across large lakes and I am very well pleased with the over-all ability of this canoe.

Do youself a favor and really ask why you're the market for a canoe; it's purpose, and your ability, nature and frequency of use. I feel, if overnighting it on a river, lake, or just enjoying it for a fishing trip; you can't go wrong. Soon enough, you and it will become good friends knowing how to respond to the ever changing water. It's time to begin the relationship.

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05-30-2006
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Great little canoe! Very stable on entry and exit. Paddles very nicely...smooth and quiet. It would be hard to go wrong with this boat, especially for someone looking for a first canoe.
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02-27-2006
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I love this canoe. Its tough, stable, and paddles well. Its a great recreational canoe. The soft flexible hull is perfect for the type of paddling we do, along lakes and slow rivers with rocky shores. Its large weight capacity for the length is great. It carried two large people with gear for 3 days in Okefenokee with no problem. Its short enough to manuever in tight spots but tracks well. I installed a webbed seat from Old Town in place of the middle thwart for solo paddling. The folks at Old Town were very helpful in selecting the right hardware.

Its not a speed demon, but I am not in a hurry and not concerned about covering alot of miles in a day. And its fast enough. We average 2.5-3 mph. The hull flexes a little but that comes in handy in shallow water with obstructions. The soft hull is great in the summer, feels fine on bare feet. In the winter, the insulation feature is nice. I have had the Guide 147 for two years and am looking forward to using it for many more years.

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07-31-2005
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Rating: 10 of 10

     My wife and I have always loved to canoe, we would spend outrageous prices to rent canoes for trips that were ALWAYS misrepresented by the liveries. (Pay for the 6 hour trip, and return to the livery in less than 3 hours) So we received our Guide 147 as a wedding present. Each time we take it out, I am impressed more and more by its versatility. Our last trip we took it down 55 miles of rather shallow river, with 3 people in it, along with all of our gear (Tent, food, water, sleeping bags, cookware, etc) and it handled like a trooper! It is sturdy, well made, tough as nails, and very forgiving. I HIGHLY recommend this canoe to anyone looking to purchase a canoe. You can't go wrong!
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07-11-2005
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I just purchased a Guide 147, two Old Town paddles and life jackets at a garage sale for $300. It is sitting on my roof rack and will try it out this Sunday. If it performs as well as most of the reviews here I will be very pleased with my purchase.

A couple of years ago I purchased a Bell Merlin II after I sold my motorcycle and had a few extra dollars left over. A member of the local canoe club recommended this boat for a solo paddler as it was the one he used. This was my first canoe and not one of my better decisions. Don't get me wrong it is a fantastic canoe at 36 pounds but it isn't the boat I need for what I want to do, which is mostly fish. So, if this Guide lives up to the reviews posted here, the Bell Merlin II is going up for sale. I'll add some more comments after I try the boat this weekend.

UPDATE 7/11/05 - Took the canoe out yesterday and it lived up to the all the reviews posted here. The canoe was wonderful to paddle with two people, very stable, and responded nicely to paddle. For solo paddling I did sit in the front seat backwards as suggested and in a cross wind it was a challenge. I had to kneel forward, scoot to one side and dig in to keep it on track and pry the J stroke off the gunwales, which if I had some gear lashed down in the front it might have been easier to control. At 74 pounds it wasn't unmanageable by myself, but it isn't Kevlar either. Minor point, I did find the black gunwale to get hot to handle in the bright sunshine and the rivets as well.

Overall, this boat gets an A+ from me. If you are looking for an all around canoe I don't think you'd be disappointed with the 147 Guide for the price. I should have tried this boat out before I purchased the Bell, I would have saved a bunch of money. Now all I need to do is find a buyer for my Bell Merlin II.

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07-05-2005
Submitted by: DavidSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought this canoe in Feb of 2005. To say that I am pleased with it would be an understatement. I have been using it mainly on the Potomac River. Itís great for camping, fishing, cruising, paddling up and down river (even in strong currents). It will travel in shallow water, stable in rapids. Just a great boat all in all...
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06-14-2005
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Rating: 9 of 10

     At 74 lbs, it's a bit heavy, but not a problem if you have 2 people. I paid $429 for mine and that's a bargain for the freedom it brings. Stability is not a problem, the extra room is a huge bonus. I plan to add 2 drop in seats and there will still be plenty of space for all, and the 900 lb wt limit is more than adequate. For the price and quality, I don't regret buying this canoe one bit! Excellent for beginners and experienced paddlers alike, this is a terrific all around recreational canoe.
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06-01-2005
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I just bought this at a local shop for $520, I have taken it out a few times on a small pond with my wife at the front and 2 small kids in beach chairs in the middle. It seems to handle very good with minimal (if any) oil canning.

I also took it out on a 3 day river trip fully loaded with gear for 2+ people. Took it down a small section of class 1-2 rapids and it did great. My only complaint would be that it seemed a little slow as we had trouble keeping up with the rest of the group. This could have been operator error. All in all a great canoe. It seems to take a beating very gracefully.

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05-30-2005
Submitted by: VanSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     This is an excellent canoe, unless you are a complete wimp. The weight is 20 lbs higher than much more expensive models, but the cost savings and stiffness are well worth it. I am 6'3" 290 lbs. and this thing is great for me. The "oil canningĒ is very, very minimal. I have read reviews that say this thing is slow, and it may be with small paddlers, but I blow away people in kayaks all day long. I use an 8' double bladed paddle from Bending Branches, and the boat nearly planes for gods sake! Stability is great from the seat and incredible when I sit in the center floor. I can heel the boat to its gunwale with no problem of tipping. Bottom line is this is an excellent solo boat for larger paddlers and for those with heavy loads. 800 lbs total has been no problem at all in heavy chop. And I came from a Pelican 16 Bayou that was a real tank. This canoe will do all that the Pelican will do at nearly half the weight. Also the poly link 3 hull is as close to indestructible as you can get. It is much better than any rotomolded boat that I have had in the past. No more of those deep gouges from just dragging over some rocks. Great Stable boat.
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05-18-2005
Submitted by: Mike BSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     A very good buy. $525 from REI on sale. I didn't find any oilcanning (as yet, 4-5 trips in the water), and it fits my family of five (2 adults in seats and 3 kids under 6 just sitting in the bottom) just fine. Did not find this boat to be tipsy at all, and fairly easy to maneuver. Compared to many other canoes I've been in, this was a pleasure. Downsides are 1) reduced legroom in bow, but that is really not a problem unless the person was fairly large; 2) it is a little heavy to cartop or portage, but hey, did you look at the price? I shopped around and looked at less expensive boats, but this was far superior. I can't see how you would be unhappy if this was your first canoe.....
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04-25-2005
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had this boat for 2 years and it's just right for my interest and skill level. I purchased the boat, two paddles, two PFDs, and a set of foam blocks/straps for cartopping from Dick's for about $500. It's a good value.

On the plus side - good stability, handles well, it's very tough and durable, quality is excellent. Capacity is very good, I've taken 2 people of 220+ lbs with me on river trips comfortably - combined weight of probably 650 lbs, although we were riding a little low in the water.

On the minus side - It's heavy and hard to get on top of my Explorer by myself. I built a dolly and bought a Fulton canoe loader from Bass Pro Shops and now moving and loading by myself is no problem. The other negative is that the front seat should be moved back a bit. It's very cramped with little leg room in the front. Also a middle seat would be nice, but when we take our 6 year old daughter along we set a low beach chair in the middle for her. It works great.

All in all, this is an excellent boat for the money. Much better than the aluminum canoes I grew up with.

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04-25-2005
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I love this boat!! This is my second canoe and I am in true love with it. First, the cons; it really is heavy. I'm about 180lbs and it still can surprise me if the weight shifts while roof rack mounting it. I have a Pathfinder and it can be quite a pain to mount it the roof when solo, but once you figure out a system for doing this, it's not so bad. Also on a windy day the boat acts as a sail to a crosswind.

Almost impossible to track straight with a serious crosswind. Tracks quite well on calm days. She ain't fast, but that's not the purpose of this canoe. Other than that, this boat is perfect. I have gone down rivers (the fastest was the Chattahoochie in ATL) and I have been on several lakes for camping trips in it. Works perfectly for both.

It's a tank. Seriously. I personally paddle mine like I hate it and she just won't die. I've hit trees, rocks, other boats, rocks and some rocks and never has it even begun to show any signs of stress. I have had 3 full large 48qt coolers in it on a lake trip (I was acting as a ferry for our gear on a recent camping trip) with another person in the bow and the water line was still well below the gunwales. Still very stable also, and that's with about 550lbs in it!! I'm impressed!

I fish from it, and yes, I stand to cast. No issues on tipping. In fact, if you do tip this boat, you may want to consider a new hobby. But, due to this increased stability, it handles like the tank it is. Remember how I said I hit so many rocks? That's not because I'm a bad paddler, I just couldn't get out of the way! But who cares? You can't kill this thing. Go on, hit the rocks, it won't mind a bit.

So for anyone who is getting into canoeing for the first time and wants a boat that will allow you a very lenient learning curve, or for someone who needs stability for carrying gear of fishing, this is a great canoe for you. I would also recommend it to those who want a canoe for families since it's plenty stable for smaller children. Thank you Old Town!!

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03-13-2005
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Rating: 6 of 10

     I have owned my OT guide 147 for 1 yr. Have used it ~ 10 times to fish small lakes in western KY. This canoe is a real tank. It's indestructible. I have found that itís a good canoe for multipurpose fishing, camping, etc. I bought mine used so the price was right. I have tried to fish from this canoe solo with little success. Difficult to steer. The top floats up. I purchased a Loon 138 kayak to fish solo and am completely satisfied. Be sure if you purchase this canoe you plan on going with someone else. Especially if your going to load it on top of an SUV. Iím 6'4 and 225lbs pretty good shape but it is still a real load for me to get on Ford Explorer.
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01-20-2005
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Rating: 9 of 10

     My very first canoe was a 2001 Old Town Guide 147. I strongly recommend this canoe for beginners. It is a good first step up from aluminum rentals. It is extremely stable, and you can *really* beat this boat up and it can take everything the river can dish out!

You can't beat the price on it and you get a lot of value for the money. It was a good boat for both day trips and overnight camping. For a boat under 15' it's pretty roomy.

I had to sell mine due to lack of paddling partners. It was the only way I could get money to buy a solo boat. Otherwise I'd have kept it around for the occasional instances when a friend wanted to go out on the water for a few hours. I tried to solo the Guide but had a lot of trouble as there was too much canoe and not enough me. A larger paddler would probably have better luck.

Minuses to this canoe: 74 pounds could be a lot to handle for some people. Also, yes, it does oilcan. But for the conditions and skill level this boat is suited for, oilcanning isn't that big of a deal IMHO.

But the boat is tough, looks nice, is very stable, and would be a good choice for beginners and/or families with young kids.

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11-27-2004
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I've owned the Old Town Guide for a few weeks now and have been very impressed with it. It has been a versatile, rugged boat. It has great stability and is even able to be used as a solo boat (although I wouldn't recommend that). My only complaint would be its weight.
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09-28-2004
Submitted by: DmcSend Email
Rating: 6 of 10

     If you are a large adult and plan to paddle with another large adult expect major "Oil Canning". I'm talking about a 40" long by 2" high bulge the width of the canoe. I brought this to the attention of Old Town customer service and they said that it is normal and the selling dealer should have brought it to my attention. He did not, so I am bringing it to yours.

Although the canoe looks like it is going to bend in half, customer service assured me that it would not. With a listed capacity of 900 lbs, I did not expect this with less than 1/2 the listed capacity on board. Old Town told me that it does not affect the performance of the canoe. The good part is that everything in the middle of the canoe stays dry as the water all runs to the front and back of the boat.

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07-29-2004
Submitted by: ccSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I'm new to canoeing, and this is my first canoe. I tried out an OT Kineo at a rental, and then bought the guide. Overall, I really enjoyed this canoe. The initial stability is a little wobbly, but my wife or I didn't mind it at all. You get used to it after a few minutes, and we never felt unsafe. It is easier to steer than th kineo, and I believe it even tracks better than the kineo. It is heavy, but with a little practice my petite wife and i are able to load it on top of our trooper. Im very pleased with this canoe, and I'm glad that I didn't settle for a Pelican. This boat is a great boat for a first timer. I also, paddled solo for a mile or so, while my wife was recovering. I found this boat to be easily controllable for a solo. I would prefer a kayak paddle for a solo job though.
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06-08-2004
Submitted by: DH
Rating: 10 of 10

     I am very satisfied with the Guide's low price and performance, I got my guide for my 8th grade graduation and I could not think of a better choise, it is a great entry level canoe, and it is fast on lakes, I easily give it a 10.
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06-02-2004
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I have owned my Guide for almost 4 years, and I have never regretted buying it. I primarily use it as a fishing platform on flat water and medium streams, and I can't imagine a more stable canoe. I have fished with kids, the wife, big fat guys, new paddlers, etc. and I have never tipped this boat. The PolyLink hull is unbelievably tough and this thing handles great. The only reason I give it a 9 is the weight. I'm not one of those burly dudes whose reviews talk about how easy it is to hoist this boat. I'm an old guy with a bad shoulder so it's a struggle getting the Guide on top of my 4Runner, but it's worth it. Highly recommended for fishing and general recreation.
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05-18-2004
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I just had my first outing with my new Guide this past weekend. I give it a 10 because it functioned exactly they way i expected. It only weighs 74 lbs and it's only $400, you can't go wrong. I floated and fished from it two days. Once with another person, combined weight 500 lbs, and solo the next. The performance was flawless. It's a great canoe. My only suggestion is that if you go solo. Invest in a kayak paddle and sit in the front seat backwards.
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05-10-2004
Submitted by: hop31Send Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had the guide for bit &b had it out several times & I wish to add to my previous review. I use this boat on stripper pits of several hundred acres & the wind is fierce, daily afternoon whitecaps. Solo, the canoe was useless, even sitting backwards on the front seat. I added 80# of sand ballast & now its a peach. When I use a 30# thrust electric motor, I place the battery forward (added 7' to cables) and reduce the ballast to 40#. This thing will fly. Don't however, go from full forward to full reverse. That might be a little more torque than you want. Stability is great. I have no qualms taking a grandchild. As stated, I am a Grandfather. Just what the heck is the problem with loading 74 lbs? Only problem that I have is when someone insists on helping. That's clumsy. Great boat! I love it.
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05-07-2004
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I have paddled the 14.7 guide for 4 years,The polylink3 material is very durable. It has mainly been used for fishing in salt water, but has been in class 2 rapids and handled them with no problems. As well as very choppy and windy conditions. Buy one now.
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05-06-2004
Submitted by: KBSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I bought the Guide for all around use, save crazy whitewater. I paddled it today for the first time, typical to the reviews, holy unstable! Secondary stability, I bet you can't tip it by accIdent. I have been paddling for 20 years and the ONLY downside is weight. Either come up with $400 more for a comparable boat in Royalex, or get in shape. 74 lbs. won't kill you if you balance it right. I am 6', but not buff, and I can get it on a Durango no problem, and cary it forever with a yoke. I love it!
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04-19-2004
Submitted by: hop1Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I weigh 250, so getting the guide on my cherokee is no prob. I like this boat,mostly. However, even sitting backwards. I raise the front too much for windy conditions.I plan to try ballasting the front. Stability is terrific.
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04-01-2004
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Have had my Guide for two years. Use it mostly as a solo canoe, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 360, I have had no trouble with oil canning, and have been very pleasantly surprised at it's speed and handling. The hull material is very tough, and has held up well through some very tough use (We paddle a lot of small quick streams and creeks that in some cases haven't been paddled since before WWII, lots of dragging over fallen trees, over gravel bars, paddling over small dams,etc.)

My only complaint is that the seats are too high, and it tends to be tippy on small technical streams and in rapids. I have remedied this by lowering the seats about four inches, six inches on the seat I use for solo paddling. If paddling solo from near center of canoe, I strongly recomend using 9' double bladed canoe paddle (available from Mohawk). With forty inch width at gunnels, using single paddle from center is a bit difficult.

This is a very versatile canoe, and for the price, it would be extremely difficult to beat.

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01-08-2004
Submitted by: Tom EllettSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I don't disagree with all of the positive statements below, but did want to point out that this canoe "oil cans" in the center. I'm not sure what effect that has on tracking or speed. Also, the Old Town snap-in third seat does not fit this model.
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01-06-2004
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I have had this for 2 years now and no regrets. I Flipped the boat around and sat backwords to do a 5 day run down a class 3 (Verde) river. I just plain beat the tar out of it, but you can't tell. One nice little tank. Great bang for the buck.
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12-01-2003
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Rating: 10 of 10

     Had our Guide out on several camping expeditions. Solid as a rock, very stable, good speed with 2 paddlers and what a payload @900 lbs! Loaded up for extended camping and handled it with ease. Great value. Very easy to cartop @74 lbs for us (we are smaller folks) and middle aged too. My advice: Get one now! You won't regret it.
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10-08-2003
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had my Guide 147 for just over a year. It is a great canoe for the money. The polylink 3 material gives a lustourous green shine to the hull and the workmanship on this canoe is tops. The boat handles quite well in all types of flatwater cruising from smooth as glass to monster boat chop and wind driven whitecaps. It's initial tippiness soon feels quite natural and it's secondary stability is unsurpassed. As a fishing rig it works great. There is enough distance between two anglers to avoid getting hooked when your partner casts and with the load capacity you can take everything including that third tacklebox. As a solo paddler it does fine, though a bit heavy at 74 lbs. to load onto a truck rack. Get a cart! Make sure you sit in the front seat backwards or your bow will be stuck up in the air like a sail. It tracks very well for a 15 ft. boat and with a double bladed paddle you can really cover some water. For a first canoe for the paddler on a budget you can't go wrong with the Guide 147.
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09-15-2003
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 8 of 10

     I purchased this boat as a gift for my father for Christmas last year. It has seen time mostly in lakes by various members of our family. I found it to have superior fit and finish compared to canoes in its price catagory. It is a bit heavy but not bad for a tandem. I really like the finish of the Polylink3 material as it is durable and cleans up well after a muddy outing. Once underway we found the boat to be stable and track well for its short length. Its unusual round bottom/ chined hull seemed to handle cross chop and wakes with poise. It serves as a good fishing platform with two well equipped adult fishermen on board. An optional third snap-in seat is available but might make it a bit crowded. The poly seats provided hours of comfort and held us in place. Optional seat backs are available.

I am an avid kayaker and enjoy using my double bladed paddles in the canoe. It's low profile in the water allows using 220 cm kayak paddles and longer with adequate bite in the water. A fair amount of water can be covered paddling in this fashion. I also like the simple beaver tail paddles that Old Town sells for traditional canoeing. Overall, I am happy with the Guide 147 and would not have a reservation in suggesting it as a good choice for a person looking for a basic canoe. Like kayaks, there are many choices at varied cost. Whichever you choose, enjoy.

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08-11-2003
Submitted by: JonSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I just purchased this canoe this summer. I have been out several times fishing and the canoe was great. It's manuverabitlity is outstanding. For anyone with a limited budget, this canoe is what you are looking for. The weight is also very light at 74lbs. I can lift it on my own. I highly recommend this canoe to anyone.
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06-23-2003
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 5 of 10

     We recently purchased the Guide 147 and when we used it for the first time we were quick to observe the following anomolies. When two adults are seated, the center of the canoe bulges upward with a sizeable camber due to water pressure beneath the craft. The canoe would have to be loaded in the center to reduce the size of the bulge or some extra strengthening would have to be incorporated. The front seat offered limited leg space and the seats seem to be to low. I would really like to return the canoe and look for another which is somewhat more rigid.
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06-21-2003
Submitted by: deweySend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I've had mine a couple weeks and I really like it. I spent a long time searching (new and used) and ended up with this mostly because of price. It is perfect for solo fishing. I am totally happy with it. It's a little short for to flyfisherman, but great for all other uses so far. And it's only really heavy if you are kind of a wimp. can't beat the deal - can be found for under 450. I saw people selling half the canoe this is for much more.
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06-17-2003
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Rating: 9 of 10

     First time out in the boat, and I was very pleased. IT is a little on the heavy side, but I can easily overlook that. I felt very stable, and can't imagine how anyone would think otherwise. Good fishing boat, easy to paddle, great price. I give it a 9, with a one point deduction for weight.
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06-16-2003
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 9 of 10

     Just bought the Guide last week and love it. I am a novice with some experience with canoes during summer camps. This boat makes me look like I've been doing it for years. It is sooooo easy to paddle even by myself. It is a bit heavy but not unmanageable. Super boat, super fun, super deal!!
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06-02-2003
Submitted by: guide driverSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     My wife and I just got this canoe and have already been out several times. Not sure what all the fuss is about it being heavy. C'mon guys, it's almost 15' and is just over 70 pounds!?! That's nuthin! This thing tracks better than the pack does with just me in it! We looked at tandem yaks, but they didn't have the load capacity this thing does - 900#'s!!! We're planning some serious outings. It's a steal for $500. Get u 1.
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03-13-2003
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I've had my Guide for almost a year now and it has been a very servicable fishing workhorse for my son and my self. We use it primarily in lakes and ponds here in North exas and possibly on the nolan River this weekend for some schooling sand bass action. It has been very stable and we've had it out in open water on some pretty windy days. I'd recommend this boat to anyone.
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02-17-2003
Submitted by: David form DavenportSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Looking for a guide? Then get the forklift. This one is heavy, BUT..But worth it. Not tippy, tracks well, and can be a solo canoe, if you're a big strong guy to lug it around. Fun for all who buys this one. I wouldnt give mine up for two 5 pound boats the same size. Once ya lift it a few times you'll be stronger anyways and then, in a few years. you'll car top it like a pro. Notice i said car not truck!! Well have fun and just get the darn boat and quit stalling!
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11-26-2002
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought this canoe 2 months ago and have used it almost every weekend and quite a few other days since. I bought it so my son and I could continue to fish throughout the winter. We have been using sit-on-top kayaks, but with the cooler water we want to stay dry. We have used this canoe in large and small reservoirs and rivers in the Texas Hill Country. That means lots of rocks, no sand beaches here. The boat is awesome!!! It does have some initial "tippiness", but after paddling around for a while the boat feels rock solid and very responsive. My son and I can get this boat moving when we want to go(faster than our tandem kayak). It glides remarkably well, and tracks good. Probably better as we improve out paddling skills. The boat glides over rocks with only minor scratches as a result. It is heavy. I'm 6'3", 230lbs. and it's a struggle for me to get this thing on our truck rack by myself. I'm very much impressed with the quality construction of this boat. This canoe is great and I would reccommend it to anyone looking for a fun canoe to fish and day trip with. Now to convince the Mrs. I need an Old Town Loon kayak for my solo winter fishing trips!!!
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11-11-2002
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Rating: 9 of 10

     I bought my Guide 147 last spring. I was used to my Dagger Delta (kayak) which has to be the most stable small watercraft I've found. So when I got in the Guide and felt how "tippy" it was, I began to question all the reviews on this site that lauded it's stablility. But after paddling around for a while, riding over the wake from powerboats and jetskis, fishing, and even getting in and out of the canoe in the middle of the river... I was sold. I had originally planned to buy a 17' "Discovery" that was on sale for the same price as the Guide, but, due to the great reviews for the Guide, and it's smaller size which was better suited to my needs, I went with the Guide. Ironically, the first day out I watched some folks in a Discovery 174 tip over on calm water for no apparent reason. I still haven't figured out how that happened, but I'm glad I went with the Guide! But back to the point, the initial tippiness sucks. And you sometimes have to remind yourself how good the secondary stability is. Other than that, it's a great boat. It is a little heavy, and I'm a pretty big guy and can load it onto the car by myself. But I understand why there's complaints about the weight. I've been paddling a kayak for the past few years, and enjoy the openess and roominess the canoe offers over the kayak. I can take a lot more of the creature comforts on those overnighters. Bottom line... I like it and get a lot of enjoyment out of it, the price is definitely right, it's tough and paddles great. See you on the water!
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09-27-2002
Submitted by: Old Joe
Rating: 8 of 10

     I've had my Guide 147 for about 8 mos. now, a very good canoe for the price. I've used it mainly on quite water and class I rivers. I've really beat on it several times in shallow rocky rivers and apart from a few scratches it has held up fine - no deep gouging yet. Haven't tipped it yet either. It is a little heavy, but not too bad - especially for the price. Overall I like mine a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone looking for a good general purpose canoe at a reasonable price.
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09-26-2002
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Rating: 9 of 10

     This past spring I sold my powerboat after too many expensive repair bills. I took the money and bought two Guide 147 canoes. Best watercraft move I've made. As all reviewers state, the primary stability is shaky, but the secondary stability is excellent. We've taken these out on several lakes and have been able to withstand powerboat wakes without problem. This is especially critical for us since my wife and I take out our two sons, 8 & 12, every time we launch. These are excellent canoes for lakes, rivers, trips, and just fishing out of. The only drawback is the weight. My wife and I got a system down now for getting them up, but it is still a minor struggle to get them down from the top of the pick-up. The bright side is, in a couple of years our two boys will be loading and unloading them for us! I strongly recommend this canoe for all activities, and especially those families with kids.
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09-06-2002
Submitted by: wmgSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     We purchased the Old Town Guide 147 for short river trips and small lakes. My wife is really unable to help me load on top of my full sized pickup because of the weight. We just haul in the back using a extended hitch carrier. The canoe is great for what we purchased it for. Would we like to have a lighter one? Sure, but for the price it serves the purpose... recommended.
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08-13-2002
Submitted by: JDSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I have had my Guide for about a year now and it is the best meander exploring beast available. The initial sensation of tippiness is illusory, as it tuns out that it is much more stable than any of my friends canoes and it will absolutely haul ass when I have another experienced paddler along. Even though it is possible to load it by myself, it's better to have another person to help load it on my mini-van, but I have a rig for loading by myself on my little P'up. You simply cannot beat this boat for the price, and mine was a "blem" so I got an even better deal. No matter how cold the water is, the Poly-Link hrlps me to keep my tushy warm.
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06-19-2002
Submitted by: pklSend Email
Rating: 5 of 10

     I bought Guide 147 from REI and tried loading and unloading it onto the top of my SUV several times before heading up to the lake. At 74lbs, it is impossible for two small people to load it onto the top of a high SUV. We took it back to REI and returned it. We gladly paid the extra $350 for the We-no-nah Fisherman 14' which is only 54lbs. We are much happier campers now.
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05-28-2002
Submitted by: JSSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     With help from this website, I purchased my Guide 147 a couple of months ago. I've already taken it out several times and have been happy with its overall performance. It's initial stability is ok, but its secondary stability is excellent. With a carrying capacity of 900 lbs, loading it to the hilt with equipment is no problem. I mainly use mine for fishing and find that a small electric trolling motor is more than sufficient for scooting around lakes. Although it isn't fast, it's not as slow as many of the less expensive models and it is quite managable to load and unload at 74 pounds. The guide 147 is great for someone who is looking for a good multi-purpose canoe.
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05-22-2002
Submitted by: View Profile Send Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     The Guide 147 is a joy. I bought one and use it on the Connecticut River in the Essex area for the most part. It's primary stability is okay and the secondary stablity (due to the chine) is superior. When larger boats throw a wake, it rides right on top like a duck. With larger, 9" paddles, I can bring her up into the wind or current without a worry. The main thing is that you need to "read" the water with her... watch for puffs of wind and current eddies and streams and ride them accordingly. When used in this fashion, she tracks and rides in a most comfortable fashion.
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05-15-2002
Submitted by: TIMSend Email
Rating: 2 of 10

     we just bought this boat and took it back already. it was the most tippy canoe we have been in. glade to be rid of it. funny how opinions vary
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05-07-2002
Submitted by: RicSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I recently purchased a Guide 147 and am glad I did. After many days of shopping around for a canoe to fit my price and the quality I was looking for, the OT Guide 147 met all my expectations. It rides well,and is stable in the water which is very important to me as my wife and dog are often in the canoe with me. I fish from the canoe or just paddle around. It has taken some abuse, but its poly-3 structure has taken all the abuse I can give it and is ready for more, and still looks as good as the day I bought it. With the exception af a few scratches. This is my first canoe and would strongly recommend this canoe to any new beginner.
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05-07-2002
Submitted by: J.C.Send Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I've been canoeing for 25 years in many canoes, on alot of water. My 14yr old son has been in the guide for 2 years and never tipped it. It goes over rocks like they're not there. For fishing on lakes and just exploring, it just can't be beat for the price. Tracks well, and is very, very, stable, tandem or solo.
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03-19-2002
Submitted by: BillSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     Old Town Guide 147, Polylink 3 construction. Got mine for $150 from a pawn shop. It lives on the top of my van, and gets more use than any of my other boats since I don't worry about it. Took it down a class 3 section of the Russian River (boat was half full of water most of the time), playing demolition derby with it for three miles; we might have missed two or three rocks. No problems! Another time I had four people in it. Really, the thing's built like a brick shithouse. Polylink is incredibly strong, and as stiff as my Reflection 15 (but pretty heavy and not very fast). Nothing can touch it for anywhere near the $500 price. Unless you're showing off to your yuppie friends, this is the canoe for about 90% of you.
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02-15-2002
Submitted by: View Profile Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     As a previous reviewer wrote, the Guide 14 is a great canoe if you get it for the right reasons. I use the guide for fishing on bays, lakes, and class 1 and 2 rivers, and for multi-day camping trips with my son. It's a tough boat and handles the rocks very well. It's not fast, but it cruises adequately when not overloaded. For a 14 foot canoe, it can really haul a load! My son and I are each about 200 lbs., and we had plenty of room for gear for a week long trip last year. When trimmed properly, it handles well. If not trimmed properly, it's a devil to turn quickly. Reasonable primary stability with very good secondary stability. I've used a variety of aluminum and fiberglass canoes over the years. For a very reasonably priced, all purpose canoe, the Guide 14 is hard to beat.
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10-22-2001
Submitted by: Doug
Rating: 9 of 10

     An excellent canoe. My local outfitter totally disparaged this canoe, but I bought one anyway (somewhere else). My brother, his girlfriend, and I went about 10 miles down the Susquehanna when it was pretty low this past summer. Went over rocks like nobody's business. Plenty of room for us, fishing poles, and a big cooler with enough beer for three people for seven hours. It is heavy, but if you don't have to carry it far or by yourself that's OK.
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07-25-2001
Submitted by: EWSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     The OT Guide 147 is awesome. I got the best possible canoe for the least amount of money. It tracks well, even in a cross breeze; it's easy to use solo; and it's spacious. It's initial stability is poor but secondary stability is phenomenal. I took it down a creek to the Ohio river and was pounded by wakes of powerboats, the Guide hardly rocked; I felt very safe. The main drawback is it's weight. I mostly paddle solo so cartopping and portaging 74 pounds spread over 14 feet by myself is no fun. I would love a lighter canoe of oltonar/royalex but couldn't make that financial commitment at this time. I think it's an excellent introductory canoe. Bully for Old Town.
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06-26-2001
Submitted by: SteveSend Email
Rating: 1 of 10

     I hate my ot Guide Canoe. I bought it specifically for safety for my 2 children but found that the canoe tips very easily. And does not float very well at all. It will float itself at water level, but if you hold it, it sinks. I don't understand all these rave reviews. I have been in many canoes, including lincoln fiberglass, and various aluminums. I find this canoe very tippy, and hard to get into and out of. I am very afraid to let my 11 and 12 year old use it. I am going to sell it after two years of trying.
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06-05-2001
Submitted by: Brian MSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I have had my "Guide" for 2 years now. I think this is a perfect canoe for me. I have been down class I and II rivers with up to 3 adults and it has handles great. Last weekend my wife and I went on a camping trip and it easily held all of our equipment. We are now planning a trip next month to take our 7 yo with us for a 2 day camp. I fish out of this canoe often and I have never tipped it. The only negative is the weight - but as mentioned, for the money I can't complain. This is an excellent canoe.
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05-10-2001
Submitted by: Jollymon
Rating: 9 of 10

     I think this is a great canoe for entry level paddlers. I have owned mine for a year now, and love it. Great all purpose canoe on lakes and rivers. Cartopping can be done alone, although you best have a strong back.
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05-07-2001
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Great boat if you get it for the right reasons. As others have stated, it ain't pretty but it's a truck or even a tank. Tough boat, great for fishing or an afternoon look'n around, stable boat.It's somewhat heavy but it'll carry 900#. If you use it for fishing, get the anchor. I went and got a great little trailer from portage pal.com, beats car topping. For the bucks you spend, you get your moneys worth.
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04-20-2001
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 10 of 10

     This is my first canoe but I absolutely love it! It seems to track very well with two novice paddlers. It does seem a little bulky when I car top it by myself but for the money what can you expect? I would definitely recommend this one to any beginning paddler.
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12-15-2000
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 8 of 10

     I have had my Guide 147 since spring of this year. I have had it out on several lakes in Northern Arizona. It is a solid canoe and very good for the price. It glides with ease and is a very stable craft. It is already nice and scratched up, which I am told, gives it character. This is my first canoe and I am pleased with it. The tractor style seats are very comfortable and the load capacity of 900lbs makes this a great first canoe for anyone. I plan to try canoe camping this spring. I am an avid flyfisher and this canoe really puts me where the fish are hitting. I suggest if you do plan to fish from your canoe and you face windy conditions on a lake an anchor is a must. All in all I rate this canoe highly for getting me on the water in a canoe that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. It's internal floatation is great, especially if you capsize. It adds an extra measure of safety. I am sure I will enjoy this canoe for many years to come.
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09-20-2000
Submitted by: BobSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I would give it a 10 but what do I know, this is my fist canoe. I agree with the comments here. Can car top it myself, very stable, my wife felt at ease, handles maneuvers well, solid construction, handles a good load, great price!
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06-12-2000
Submitted by: Mike BurnsSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Owned kayaks,switched to canoe due to age(older) and novice wife. Took wife and new Guide to local lake, 1 1/2 foot swells, wind 30 knots boat worked well wife felt safe. Then down the river in front of house and she was hooked. We can roof load but not easily, goes easily into the back of full size pick up. All in all very good stable, comfortable, inexpensive, tough general purpose canoe. A 'best buy'.
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05-08-2000
Submitted by: Sam AnsonSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Very tough and verstile canoe, it takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. Easily allows 2 people to stand and cast from the canoe, shows little signs of flexing even bouncing off the biggest of rocks, dams, piers, whatever. Great for both stream and lake/pond fishing, she ain't no beauty but is one tough son of a gun. The only downside is the weight, but this only comes with the territory. Great value for your dollar, expect this boat to last a long, long time. And you don't have to treat her like a princess for her to last you.
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05-04-2000
Submitted by: Larry HearnSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Very stable, but a little diffucult to handle solo in stiff breeze. I think that all in all this canoe is good value for the dollar spent. Excellent to fish from, and easy to cartop, except it is a little heavy to handle alone.

Update: Have found that a beach sand chair placed just in front of thwart enables one to solo quite well and in comfort. This canoe is one of the few that I would stand in to cast. Still think Old Town should have made middle seat instead of thwart.

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05-01-2000
Submitted by: Send Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Just purchased this for fishing from Galyan's for $500 with $50 accessory discount. I use it solo(with 60# of ballast) and with a buddy for fishing. Very stable. I can cast standing up. It has a round bottom and can glide over many obstacles. It is keelless so the wind can affect it. At 72# I can cartop it myself. I have not had it in a river yet. I really like this canoe- maybe it's a 10.
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12-16-1999
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Great canoe for fly fishing, especially in the coastal marshes. Many scrapes on the bottom from oyster reefs, but it holds up well (and takes collisions well too!). For every negative on the Guide, there's a reason. First, the weight. Heavy at 75 lbs, but built like a tank, and NO flexing. Second, the yoke in the middle should be a 3rd seat since capacity is 800 lbs. Again, installing a seat is no big deal. Third, it's no speed demon. That's the price you pay for having a wide beam so you can stand up and fish (or even push pole). A trolling motor is nice to have. All in all, a very good shallow water fishing workhorse at a very reasonable price.
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