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    hi all, have been lurking a while and after reading a few open canoe threads. i have decided to have a go, well it cant be that hard can itcan someone give me an idea of the type i should be looking for. I would be on the large size more grizzly than black and abit of convincing might even get swmbo involved, it would be transported on roof bars and mainly used on flat water/rivers.cheers

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    Thumbs up Welcome

    Hi There and a warm welcome to the forum, I will let the more experienced among us to give you the advice you seek, in the meantime Welcome and when the time comes Happy PaddlingBill

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    Greetings from Brazil. Hope you get a nice canoe soon....
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    Good to have you along for the trip.

    Look through the canoe reviews, make a shortlist, then try as many as you can before you buy.

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    Welcome.

    Pretty much all canoe can be transported on a car roof and most will make you grin. Best bet is to try and get a shot in a few to see what suits. If you are looking for a budget canoe the Coleman canoes from Costco are great value.
    John

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    Greetings from Lisburn...
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    hi all, thanks for the pointers an kind words, after some searching i am leaning towards the old town. just missed one for sale over here. if anybody knows where i could try one or point me in the direction of a seller it would be appreciated. i live on the outskirts of lurgan if any meets are on give me a shout an i will come an say hello

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    Welcome..

    My advice as a newcomer myself is consider how heavy your prospective canoe will be and how easily you can get on top of your car. Thats causing me untold pain (literally )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonno View Post
    Welcome..

    My advice as a newcomer myself is consider how heavy your prospective canoe will be and how easily you can get on top of your car. Thats causing me untold pain (literally )
    Yes jonno thats where i was hoping experienced advice would come from its ok to know how much you can bench press but convert that into a canoe the height of lift and elements its a different altogether. on the subject of lift there must be a proven way ie straight lift and place on bars or lean the canoe on the back of the car at fulcrum point, lift an slide into place...maybe as usual thinkin too deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonrider View Post
    lean the canoe on the back of the car at fulcrum point, lift an slide into place...maybe as usual thinkin too deep.
    There is nothing wrong with a bit of deep thinking if it leads to getting the canoe out on the water............... its not thinking at all that's the crime.

    Welcome to the forum, I hope you get sorted with a canoe. But keep an eye on the meet section as we often have room for a passenger. And check with the CANI office as they sometimes have come and try it sessions.
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    Hi mate

    welcome, no doubt we will see each other on the water at some point.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. Happy paddling!

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    Hi Dragonrider,

    Two places I'd suggest you put your head into, first Mike the Bikes, in Newtownards, he sells old town, I'll be up front and tell all I used to work for Gary (the Owner)
    I'm sure others will tell you he can be a bit strange at times, but generally has stuff in , rarely demos now daysas it cost him too much.

    Closer to you is Craigavon watersports they have a range of canoes kayaks, sail boats etc, they don't sell but have some excellent coaches.

    Other places to try is Tollymore, they run corses but again I don't think they hire, and Blue lough in castlewellan, used to hire for use on the lake in castlewellan park.

    Hopefully that will get you on the water soon.
    JD
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    a mine of information thanks all, been to the watersports centre,bikemec would ya have the number for mike the bikes,cheers

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    you have a pm
    JD
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemec View Post

    Mike the Bikes, in Newtownards, he sells old town,
    Are you sure he still sells Old Town, last time I spoke to him he said he was only doing Mad River canoes.

    Maybe I got it mixed up.
    Big Al.

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    I'm paddling on Lough Neagh this Sat morning. Your welcome to try my Nova craft SP3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    Are you sure he still sells Old Town, last time I spoke to him he said he was only doing Mad River canoes.

    Maybe I got it mixed up.
    I was in at the start of the month and he had an Old Town Penobscot. Didn't pay much attention though.

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    hi big al, spoke to mike the bikes yesterday, he currently has a old town 174 (didnt give type). but he believes he wont be doin anymore old town once that ones gone
    Garetine where and what time are you putting in, i have got something on for sat but if i can juggle it around your time i will...thankyou

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    There's a little bay close to Gawley's Gate, we're meeting there around 09:30. It's a rescue session so can't say we'll be there past 12:30. If you are coming let me know and I'll throw the boat on for you.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonrider View Post
    Yes jonno thats where i was hoping experienced advice would come from its ok to know how much you can bench press but convert that into a canoe the height of lift and elements its a different altogether. on the subject of lift there must be a proven way ie straight lift and place on bars or lean the canoe on the back of the car at fulcrum point, lift an slide into place...maybe as usual thinkin too deep.


    I drive an old banger, and after struggling to lift my sit on top from the side of my car onto the roof bars, I have now adopted the technique of lifting the back end of the boat onto the bonnet and sliding it up the front of the car. it takes about a quarter of the effort, and the windscreen doesn't seem to mind, and I find the grooves in the bonnet paintwork add to the character of the car!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garetine View Post
    There's a little bay close to Gawley's Gate, we're meeting there around 09:30. It's a rescue session so can't say we'll be there past 12:30. If you are coming let me know and I'll throw the boat on for you.

    Pete
    garetine, have juggled mate(couldn't find a juggler) but can't promise i will be there tomorrow mate...if i get back in time i will call down to say hello and maybe arrange aonother time cheers

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    Hi,
    Not to worry, we'll do it another time.
    Pete

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    foolishly thought i would be able to turn up an find ya today pete, managed to get away and i was in the gawleys gate inn area at 1115 drove up an down the edge of the lough for an hour. ended up leaving via aghalee.thats a lesson learnt....great weather too.....was i close?

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    Hi and a very warm welcome to the forum...Raymond.

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    Hi Dragonrider,

    Greetings from Portstewart.

    Have a look at the Valkyrie Craft site:

    http://www.valkyriecraft.com/

    John Wlkinson in Castlerock makes beautiful canoes (GRP hull with wood trim gunwales and seats - ash, cedar) to order. He has very little waiting list at present.

    I have a Valkyrie Erne Tourer (wider, more stable - I use it for sailing).


    venture88 has a Valkyrie Prospector (lovely easy paddler).

    There are some nice pictures of them both in this blog of a trip on Lough Beg:

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=10056

    Happy paddling,

    Frank
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    cheers windblown...a good link..thanks

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