This is our family's boat. We've owned it for approximately 6 weeks. Until that time, we either rented or borrowed a friend's. While planning our most recent trip to the BWCA, my friend Diggity suggested that we search craigslist for a boat to buy versus renting for the trip. We needed two boats for five people & we planned on doing more paddling in the future.
Two days later, we were in the car racing over to Stillwater to pickup the Old Town Discovery 158. We'd found what we were looking for. When you're searching Craigslist for a canoe, be ready to go look at it/pay immediately. All of the good boats vanish quickly. We were lucky enough to find ours for $400 with some Old Town Scout paddles. They are a little too long for us but that's something to fix another time.
Here it is:
The most important thing about this boat was that it is red, according to my wife at least. She is correct in many ways. There is something about a red canoe. They even write children's books on it.
This boat is 15 feet 8 inches long. The perfect length between lake and river use. It has a width of 35.5" and a total carrying capicity of 1,100lbs. More than enough room for a big base-camping trip with a family of 3 if you pack the boat correctly. Plus it turns pretty quickly.
Balancing on a log is surprisingly easier with a canoe on your head.
As mentioned above, my canoe weights around 87lb. Making it quite heavy. Luckily I am still relatively young and strong. So portaging this boat is fine for the time being. On this particular trip I was the only one strong enough to portage both canoes (the other was an Old Town Discovery 164 @~76lbs) so I was sometimes doing 600rods a day. As we move towards more campsite moving trip, the allure of a Kevlar is enticing.
That's my boat for the time being. I will keep updating this post as we make adjustments to the ship throughout the years. This will not be my last canoe but I think we'll own this boat for a long time for river fun.