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    Hi,

    I am looking to buy a used canoe but my budget is only 500. I made a stitch and glue one last year which turned out OK but sits rather low in the water! Its fine on still water but I wouldn't fancy taking it down a river.

    I want to be able to paddle it on my own but also fit a passenger in and a bit of camping gear if possible. Will mainly be used for weekend and day paddling. Hopefully longer trips in the future if all goes well.

    I have been looking on ebay etc. and am ready to buy. I have an estate with a roof rack so can collect and am based in Leicester.

    Any advice on what boats/models to look for would be really appreciated, and if anyone knows of a boat going that fits the bill then please let me know.

    Hopefully I can get a short trip in before the weather runs out!

    Thanks in advance

    Dan.

    Dan

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    You might be able to pick up a decent second hand ranger 16 for that. Heavy boats but I was pretty impressed with the one I was paddling earlier this year.

    There is a ranger 14 on ebay now, It's a bit hogged so should go fairly cheap (they weren't expensive new). Perhaps a bit cramped for tandem touring but would be an excellent budget solo river runner. I'd bin the moulded front seat in favour of a wooden one so you can sit on it reversed for soloing.

    There is also an OT charles river on thgere. These are very versatile boats. Been refinished with ash gunwales. It's got a big dent in the hull which could almost certainly be popped out a bit (or a bitbetter anyway) with some careful heat application. Could be worth a punt.
    "I'm not getting in a boat which is DESIGNED to go upside down."

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    That's great, thanks so much. I will check those 2 out now.

    I don't mind doing a bit of repair work either, if it means a better boat for the money.

    Thanks again.

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    not selling, but I bought an entirely serviceable Discovery 168 for 400 a few weeks ago. Club and hire firms clear outs are a good source of cheap boats.

    Impcanoe

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    Thanks Impcanoe, Is that an old town boat? I didnt know if there were any brands to avoid/seek out. or if a 17ft might be unmanagable on my own compared to a 15 or 16?

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    All makes can have good and bad ones. I'd personally avoid anything that has a seat that doubles as support for the hull. For one thing, you can't kneel on them properly, for the other, what does that tell you about the strength of the hull?

    You've come to the right place, there aren't many canoes in the reference section that don't have some sort of personal review on them and people on here love shopping for canoes almost as much as paddling them so ask advice on a specific boat and you will receive it.

    I mentioned those two because I've paddled both in moving water. I would also say a Mad River Explorer 15 is a capable, multip purpose solo/tandem boat, I own one. My only possible complaint is it can be a bit TOO stable at times but given my propensity of experimenting with alternative propulsion methods like poles and sails, this is probably for the best.
    "I'm not getting in a boat which is DESIGNED to go upside down."

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    I have a much used and loved Pelican for sale (shortly) kinda worn through the gunnels a bit on one side, so probably only looking for a couple of hundereds of kerchings. Served us well for many river/canal trips. You can get better for your budget - but I'm also in Leics, so we can meet up sometime and you can give it a spin.

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    Great, yeah I would definitely be interested in having a look at it, thanks. Let me know when your ready and we can try and arrange a time.

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    Dan, the Cankay craft would be great as a first canoe. I've seen Jon fall out of it several times! It would also be nice to know that that canoe stays in the SOTP community, as it has history!

    Welcome, by the way.

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    Hiya,

    If you are still potentially interest in the Pelican I can stick on some local water at the weekend and you can take it for a spin.
    Gunnels do need some tlc (...er worn through..) and not the most efficient boat to paddle, but it'll bounce off any sized rock!.

    Cheers
    Jon

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    Hi, Thanks Jon but I have bought a ranger 14 from ebay (hopefully nice for soloing and a passenger every now and again). It is being dropped off next Saturday which is pretty exciting! Just working my way through the forums to get myself prepped, Im going to make a trolley from a b&q sack trolley this weekend. Any recommendations for buoyancy aid vs life jacket and where to buy them, decathalon?

    Thanks so much though, really appreciate the offer.

    Cheers
    Dan

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    No worries Dan, and congrats on the new arrival :-).

    Deffo want to be looking at a BA (AKA PFD - Personal Flotation Device) rather than a life vest. LV's are designed to keep you on your back and head above water & alive if unconscious - also good for very young peeps with limited swimming ability. A BA/PFD allow you to swim and sort yourself out if you do go a dip.

    The nearest specialist place to visit is probably Desperate Measures in Nottingham. Plenty of online retailers, but using local(ish) places kinda helps keep them open and helps to get a good fit first time. Different designs too for different purposes :-).

    Feel free to join us on any local jollies (usually publicised on the meeting/trips/social section).

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    I am in Nottingham tomorrow so will try and swing by and will keep an eye out for any local runs and maybe pop along.

    Thanks again

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