Old Town Discovery 169
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 559$
I have owned one for about 20 years and don't have any complaints with the exception that it is too heavy. It has proven to be a dependable and durable canoe. The abs hull is very tough and slides over rocks instead of sticking to them. It is nice and stable (initial stability) yet can handle class 3 rapids. An excellent canoe for river canoeing and camping.
- roomy and comfortable (to a degree)
I've owned a Discovery 169 for over 20 years. It has proven to be a durable canoe. The thick abs laminate plastic is strong and has a memory. If you get a dent in it you can lay it out in the sun or heat it with a hair blower and the hull returns to it's original shape. I haven't put any dents in mine so I can't attest to that.
It does slide over rocks in the river while the aluminum and fiberglass boats tend to stick to the rocks. It has very good initial stability and seems roomy and comfortable (for a canoe). I have run class 3 rapids the the canoe, did very well both solo or tandem. I have plastic gunwales and ash thwarts, yoke and seats (cane seats or plastic webbing).
The webbing seats seem to last longer than the cane seats. I have had to replace both front and stern seats. I used it on a lake system similar to the bwca only on a much smaller scale. We went back to the most remote lake which required an all day portage and some carries at almost 2 miles. I got back there but I won't do it again unless it's a lighter canoe.
This canoe is best suited to river canoeing and camping. It holds plenty of gear. I have used this canoe every month and never had any trouble with it.
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2NDS . Sure to be a staple on family adventures for years to come, the Old Town Discovery 169 canoe is built to last with three-layer polyethylene construction and plenty of space for passengers and extra gear. Durable three-layer polyethylene construction Agile, stable and easy to handle Adjustable, padded seats at bow and stern Roto-molded decks with grab handles for portaging Ash carrying yoke and thwart Vinyl gunwales Weight capacity: Up to 1400 lb. Length: 16'9" Width: 37" Depth: 15" Bow height: 23" Weight: 85 lb. Material: Three-layer polyethylene Made in USA Boats are cosmetic 2NDS and may come with minor blemishes, not unlike those that will be incurred on the first outing. To ensure your satisfaction, please remove all packaging material immediately upon arrival, and inspect for damage prior to signing acceptance form from carrier. Note any damage on carrier's document, and contact Sierra Trading Post with any problems. Delivery Charge: $100.00, must ship via truck within the 48 contiguous U.S. only. Not eligible for special shipping offers. Available Colors: GREEN, RED.
- Sierra Trading Post