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A Little Update

A Little Update

I was in my garage yesterday afternoon thinking about how it needed to be cleaned out.  While making preparations to get reorganized my eyes kept wandering towards my Old Town Guide 119 as it sat on its gunnels in storage.  Spring isn’t too far off and thoughts of a quiet paddle on a cold spring morning started to fill my mind.

Could be an earlier Spring than expected.  This coming weekend, March 7th and 8th, the weather forecast for my area of NW Wisconsin is being forecast for the upper 50s and low 60s!

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What Canoe Should I Buy? Hard Decision!

What Canoe Should I Buy? Hard Decision!

Old Town Discovery 119. Could this be my next canoe?
Old Town Discovery 119. Could this be my next canoe?

It’s no secret I’ve been thinking about buying a new canoe for almost a year.  Been saving up a little money on the side to make that new canoe purchase, and I’m getting close to being ready… sorta.  Currently I own an aluminum 17 footer that is over twenty years old and over 86 pounds – I call it my “battle-canoe”, it’s a real beast and takes a beating.

Ever since my folks sold their second home, which was on a secluded Northern Wisconsin lake, I’ve hardly used that old aluminum canoe.  I don’t think I’ve had it in the water in over five years.  It just sits in storage.

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Thinking Of Buying A New Solo Canoe

Thinking Of Buying A New Solo Canoe

Canoe on Seagull Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.
Canoe on Seagull Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.

I already have an aluminum canoe.  It’s pretty old, I think fifteen or twenty years old.  Seventeen footer and durable.  Sadly though I can’t haul the thing around as easily as I want.  It weighs close to 90 pounds.  I want something smaller, something for solo canoe paddling.

Here’s the rub; I don’t want to spend thousands on a new canoe.

If I go to the BWCA I rent a super light Kevlar canoe.  But for the little lakes and flat streams around where I live I would like to be able to get into them with a cheap canoe… nothing fancy.

My wife has some back issues and is not into canoeing anymore.  I pretty much am clear to buy a solo canoe for myself.  She wouldn’t stand in the way of my being able to get out and do what I love in the outdoors.  Yeah, she is awesome!

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