Got my first old canoe today! 15' Aluminum.

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  1. Duncsquatch

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    Bought it from a guy on Craigslist price was fair. Looks sound to me just some cosmetic damage. Will get it in the water tomorrow and test it out. Came with a bunch of paddles that are probably worth 1/2 the price of the boat and two pfds. KIMG0846.jpg KIMG0847.jpg KIMG0848.jpg KIMG0849.jpg
     
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    Awesome, maybe we need to start the found metal paddlers club haha, I picked up an aluminum myself not too long ago. I look forward to seeing its outings!
     
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    Yes I'm excited I have a decent amount of experience on a large inflatable raft on the river but canoes are relatively new to me.
     
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    They are fun, just remember weight, centering/levering and the lean and you'll do well.
     
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    It looks like you scored pretty well on that deal. I'm looking forward to reading a trip report when you get the time to take her out. Do you have good places to paddle near by?
     
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    Yakima, Wenatchee, Columbia, and Snake Rivers. Some smaller lakes to practice on.
     
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    Awesome!. Let us know when it floats.
     
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    Practice in calm water, and about waist deep. Practice recovery too. You don't want your first dump to be where you have no control.
    Canoes are great! Have fun.
     
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    Definitely this!! Fill it with sticks for weight, tie em down and flip her on shore AND in a foot or two of the wet stuff. So it may sound like a pointless exercise but it's an eye opener for sure, and a good practice. Sweat today or bleed tomorrow.

    I'm definitely envious, while I have my own Sears Ali, I haven't been able to touch her this year.

    Trip Reports please! :D
     
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    Congratulations! Had my Grumman since 1972 and no intention of parting with it (my eldest claims it as his birthright). The scratches and dings all have memories. It's heavy, slow, sometimes awkward but will haul twice the load of any of my other canoes. Caution: she may become your new lover.
     
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    First update. This thing is ridiculously stable my first time out on it I could stand up and paddle in the lake. No leaks of any kind tracks decent and I don't feel like it's that heavy but I'm a stout guy. KIMG0853.jpg KIMG0856.jpg
     
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    Always nice to see another Death Metal Fan. Aluminum canoes are not heavy compared to some other canoes. Usually, a Grumman 17 will be lighter by several pounds than a royalex 17. My Grumman 17 weighs only 76lbs and my Grumman 15 weighs 65lbs. The popularly sold Old Town Discover 16 weighs 80 and the tough and reliable Tripper 17 weighs 80 as well.

    I will go to my grave as the Don Quixote of alumunim canoes, valiantly fighting the losing cause of Myth Busting the "heavy, clunky, obsolete" marketing BS. Aluminum canoes started the widespread American recreational use of canoes and they will probably finish it. Enjoy that thing.
     
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    Contrats on the new canoe....I like 15 ft aluminum's.....sure their not huge freighters...and that's why I like 'em.....can still do two with a decent load for a trip of days on the water...
     
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    Yes, I feel like these are the AK-47 of canoes, but in a good way cause I like that rifle...

    Cooper lake, beautiful and shallow, perfect for a canoe newb like me. KIMG0861.jpg
     
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    Congratulations on the new to you boat. Can't really go wrong with aluminum.
     
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    Nice snag dude. Congrats
     
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    For me, it would probably be .30 Win out of my old Model 94 or a vintage Marlin, so yeah, I get it. But the main reason I use Grummans (or equivalent) is because they modify so easily.
     
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    IMG_2360.JPG I was up at our cottage the last couple of weeks and picked up a used canoe from a livery near our place. I just stopped in and asked if they were selling any used aluminum canoes and the guy told me $125.00. I wasn't sure what it was going to look like since it was at their old property but off we went. For $125.00 for an old Grumman 17 foot I was happy. This is a really poor picture but the only one I took. Some character dents in it but it floats and is watertight. If anybody else is interested PM me and I will give you contact info. Near Baldwin Michigan. The guy said they wanted to sell their aluminums to switch to plastic
     
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    .a lot of adventures ahead.
     
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    Looks like an old SmokerCraft to me. Definitely has character :D.
     
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    Great price! They go for about 250-300 here.
     
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    Paddled for 6+ miles today on the Columbia. Gotta make the seats more comfortable... Cool things I saw: Pelicans, cranes, egrets, a skunk, cormorants, various fish, a turn diving for fish, some tweekers, and some mule deer. KIMG0871.jpg KIMG0867.jpg KIMG0877.jpg
     
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    Looks like a great outing.

    No pics of the tweekers? :4:
     
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    Nice. Where 'bouts on the river?
     
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    About where the yak and the Columbia meet there are lots of reeds and shallow marshlike sections.
     
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    The wife and I went out for the first time together in the boat. Same place along the Columbia because I knew the route and knew it would be easy for her to get used to the boat.
     

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