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Old 04-21-2008, 11:09 AM   #15
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I have a 17' Grumman, inherited from my old Scout troop (unfortunately folded some years back).
It is named "The Tank" (for good reason...)


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Old 04-21-2008, 11:36 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by maxandgeorgia
I dream of a kevlar if only because we could lift it...
I bought the kevlar about ten years ago after returning from yet another Boundary Waters trip feeling totally beat up by the ... okay, Bill ... "The Tank."

We live in a fairly populated area of this state. We'll canoe our busy local lakes and see very few human powered craft doing this as a day activity. At least Bobby Vee waves at us from his paddle boat when we see him.


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Old 04-21-2008, 02:42 PM   #17
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I have both a Grumman 17' and an Old Town "Royalex" 17'. The Grumman has a 1/4th inch or more keel running down the center and it will get hung up on rocks in fast moving rivers. It dumped me out several times on the Buffalo River in Ark. It also has more "tumblehome". That is the shape of the body. It is rounder (from side to side) so it is easier to tip over.

The Old Town has no keel. It will slide over anything. The sides go outward with a large relatively flat bottom. It doesn't tip over as easy. It also doesn't dent like the Grumman does.

As much as I like anything aluminum, the Old Town is more practical for using in rivers, anyways. For lakes and ponds, they both are good.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:52 PM   #18
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I too have a 17' Grumann canoe, and pretty much what everyone here has said true; they are tippy, they are hot, they are heavy. For inspection purposes take note of the inside ribs for cracks, as this will cause even more instability. I will say this, once you get the hang of one they are great, I personaly love mine.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #19
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-- or you could just park it along the fence as one more beautiful, aluminum yard ornament
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:00 PM   #20
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-- or you could just park it along the fence as one more beautiful, aluminum yard ornament
Ha ha, that's what my friend has done with hers, which is why she's looking to find it a new home!


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