LOL. Keep watching CL, every now and then a good one pops up at a good price. The off-season isn't helping much either.
I picked up a 14' fiberglass canoe off of CL last fall for a whopping $25. All of the woodwork (yoke, gunwales, seats, end decks) needed to be replaced. A couple of weekends with some tools and materials (~$100 worth) and she was ready for the water again.
Id also check the boat places alot of times they have used canoes. I went to see one from CL one time and it was in horrible shape...if it was free I would have passed, and the lady wanted top dollar and was offended when I didn't buy it !
It's like a lot of things on CL...if people can't get much for it they figure they might as well keep it. It doesn't cost them anything to let it sit in the yard and who knows they may use it again. You need to find someone who knows they will never use it again. An older person or an estate sale. They want to sell it, everyone else would just as well keep it than "lose money on it"
Late summer/early fall last year I saw several on Craigslist that fit that bill. They may not have had seat backs but they were priced around that range- that was the range I was looking in as well before I found that $25 canoe!
Are you opposed to rotomold (the Old Town Discovery canoes are rotomold I believe) or is fiberglass just a preference?
I'll keep an eye out and ask around- my co-workers father seems to come across canoes on a fairly regular basis. Last I knew he had an 18' he was willing to sell, but that was way too big for what I wanted.
Well I’m not the total dink that many think I am because of my personal opinions ;D
I can remember when I first moved up here and didn't have a canoe. Well I had one but one of my brothers I loaned it to mistreated it so bad, it wasn't worth moving it when we left Maryland. Getting one wasn't in the cards at the time and I really wished I could get out exploring what the NH waters offered. In today’s economy, getting one can be tough and if I can help someone get out doing the exploring like I wanted to back then and they are not a total stranger....why not offer it
It’s not what you’re looking to buy but it's a nice one to get out on for a weekend Here are a few photos of it.
"It's better to be hated for who you are…then liked for you're not"
Hey as long as the bow isn't blocking where I'm going, I'm OK with it be up just a little ;D
Dan here are two links to the anchor system I use on my canoe. Instead of paying the money for the first link system, I went down to Lowe’s and bought a 3’ length of stairs hand rail. Bolted it to the bow of my canoe and then added the Anchor Locking Control thing that’s in the second link. I add to eye bolt to the hand rail to guide the anchor rope.
I remove the anchor and just wrap the line around the eye bolts. When in use, the anchor line just feeds back under my gunnels to my seat and I operate the whole thing from the back. I do at time have the rope jump the wheel so you have to be careful when lifting it if your canoe is blown to the side.
You can see my little anchor rig in this photo. You can also see my battery for the trolling motor that I keep up front so the bow isn’t riding up and catching the wind. I hope this helps