My son wants one.What are the pros and cons of each design type,plastic,alum,etc.I never fished on one and have zero experience with canoes.He seen a 16ft. alum.version for sale for around $350.There is a Coleman 17ft advertised for $150.I,ve been told to stay away from the plastic ones.Advice would be appreciated.
As BigCounty27 said a kayak is easier to handle by yourself. I have a 17ft fiberglass canoe and it is not very easy to load and unload by myself. I also have 3 kayaks that I use for fishing and like them when I am fishing smaller lakes and streams. However, if he usually is out with someone else I would get the canoe. That being said there are good and bad to the different materials they are made out of. These are just my opinion and others may feel differently.
Aluminum - light weight and durable but noisy.
Fiberglass - heavy but durable and easy to repair
Coleman (plastic)- light weight, not as easy to repair but usually the cheapest in price
If you are new to fishing out of a canoe, I would recommend one that is wide and more stable, especially if more than one person will be fishing out of it.
Personally, I prefer a 17" Grumman squareback. Being long, they can handle more weight and gear. They are also wider and more stable. With the square back, you can use some type of motor on the back if you choose to at some point. They are bulky, but I have loaded and unloaded mine alone on many occasions.
I have never fished from a kayak so I can't offer any opinion as to a difference between the two.
You'll pay for it but a Radison Sports Pal is a great little fishing canoe. I had one I believe it was the transom model - It was 12'L and about 3'W at the transom, weighs about 50lbs. They are set up to use the paddles as oars from the back seat. I put a T/M on mine battery in the middle to distribute weight. I think it was rated for around 450lbs so I was pushing it with 2 adults in it.
Now the bad part they are made out of very thin aluminum - so whitewater is out LOL. I did use mine on slower sections of the Susky but use caution round rocks OK - sharp rocks no
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If the 350 al one is a Grumman, go for it. They last forever. They are a little noisy and aluminum will stick to every rock you hit in the river, but they are hard to break. Plastic like the Colemans are OK, if they are taken care of, stored out of direct sunlight
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