Originally Posted by A W Warn
I want to carry along a boat. It would be used for site seeing for my wife and I together, and fishing for me alone. I'm considering a johnboat, canoe, or kayak. I'm also considering a small trolling motor to propel it, but not sure I need or want that?? What ever I choose, it has to accept two people, though DW will not be able to help lift or paddle due to medical issues. So comments on your boat preference would help too.
I realize I am coming rather late to this thread, but wanted to make you aware of a boat that might be a good choice for you.
The Grumman Sport Boat is a very nice aluminum rowboat--that is, the hull is optimized for rowing or paddling rather than high-speed planing with an outboard motor.
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It's heavier than a canoe at 120 pounds, but one reasonably strong person can put it on a cartop because you only have to pick up one end at a time. In the water it's way better than a jonboat.
I don't have a Grumman sport boat, rather a "tupperware" Old Town Sport Boat, which they don't make any more. It's the same idea as the Grumman only bigger (18 feet). I can row it a steady 4 miles per hour with very little effort, or paddle it 2 or 3 miles an hour if I want to sit looking forward.
For light weight you can't beat a canoe or kayak, but I prefer the transverse stability of a boat.