February 7, 2014 2:05 PM Subscribe
Need advice on buying a freighter canoe.
posted by fimbulvetr to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total)
My current boat is a 59-year 16' riveted aluminum runabout with a 1955 Johnson. It leaks, the bottom end of the engine needs rebuilding, and I am done with trying to fix it. I need a boat to get to our boat-access only cottage in northern Ontario, and I've been thinking of getting a freighter canoe to replace it for a couple of years now as they have a much greater cargo capacity than my little runabout. Unfortunately, the company that made the one I wanted (a Scott Canoe 21' Hudson Bay freighter) went bankrupt last fall. I knew I should have bought one last year...
So, as a result I am considering getting a 19' Grumman square back ($2300). My only other options in that size of freighter seems to be wooden ones (like the Nor-West), which are beautiful, can carry 1200 to 2400 lbs of gear, but cost $5000 to $7000 and have all the maintenance requirements of a wooden boat. They also weigh 225 to 325 lbs compared to 110 for the Grumman.
Does anyone have experience with the Grumman? How stable are they? I would be using an older 4.9 hp 2-stroke on it. I have to move a pile of gear, two adults, and two young kids across a fairly open stretch of water (although in pre-kid days, we did often just canoe out). Does anyone have any other suggestions or experience with freighter canoes?