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    Default Doc saying Hello.

    Hi all. I know many of you from Bushcraft UK, but this is my first post on SotP. My real name is Pete but I'm often called Doc off forum - I don't mind.

    I work as a GP and with a wife (Janie) and three small sons I don't get as much time canoeing as I'd like. John and Sandbender got me hooked by taking me paddling on Loch Achray; I then went on a days skill session with Beyond Adventure on Loch Tay. After practising strokes on the river we then paddled 5 miles down the River Tay to Aberfeldy, including the 'easy grade 2' rapids at Chinese Bridge.

    I currently have John's Coleman on loan and am looking to buy my own canoe. Not an easy decision. I had been thinking on the lines of the 16ft Mad River explorer TT Teton but at 36kg+ it is heavier than the Coleman and I struggle a bit getting that on and off the jeep unaided. So I may go for something shorter and/or made of Royalex.

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    Hi Pete

    You will find that Royalex makes a big difference both to portage weight and handling.

    See you on a river soon

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    'On' being the key concept there, Andrew. Did have the odd intrepid moment on Loch Lomond at the weekend when it got a bit windy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc
    'On' being the key concept there, Andrew. Did have the odd intrepid moment on Loch Lomond at the weekend when it got a bit windy.
    Would you believe some doubting Thomas did not think we could get off the beach. tsk tsk Anyway some excitement was had an everyone stayed dry so a good day was had by all.

    After the day out I can imagine that the 14 foot Old Town Osprey must be aproaching the top of Doc's list.

    Anyway, Welcome Doc. make yourself at home.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc
    and I struggle a bit getting that on and off the jeep unaided
    Yeah I've almost gone paragliding with my canoe too...


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    Hi Doc

    You can't go wrong with the mad river IMO. Well made solid boats that "do what they say on the label".

    George

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    Thanks guys.
    Must admit I thought we'd be driving or swimming home at one point. However John knows his Coleman and with a bit of vigorous paddling it got us of the shore ok.

    The 14ft Osprey is indeed a very nice boat, and appeared very capable, looks rather good, has the 3 seat option, stable for fishing and good and light.

    I'm increasingly resigned to paying a bit more for a lighter boat, and suspect it will be used far more solo or tandem rather than as a family 'people carrier'. So current front runners are the Osprey, the 15ft Royalex Mad River Explorer, and the Nova Craft Bob Special. The latter is perhaps a bit too heavily biased to solo use, but is a very light 23kg. A lot of informed opinion favours the Mad River, although it is the most expensive of the three.

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