I am looking for a solo canoe for my son who is planning a 20-30 day this summer. I really don't want to pay $1000 for a beat up rental Prism since I will most likely try to sell it when he's done and I don't see much market for $1000 solo's around here in Indiana. We can check into shipping and I may be able to come get it depending on where it is. Thank-you.
For us Indiana folks, there is a fairly brisk used canoe market, especially in the Indianapolis and far northern part of the state.
If cost is the major issue, i'd spend the winter watching ebay, paddling.net and other websites for a deal.
If performance & weight is the issue, I think renting would be best. Start in February and find the best deal on a rental, there are many outfitters to choose from, there must be one who'd like 30 of rental locked in...
I see deals from time-to-time and am located NE-Indiana, drop me a line if you want any help tracking something down
"Opening a bottle of wine in a canoe is a desirable, but irrational act."
like kanoes said buy a factory second wilderness from spring creek-pick it up in moutain iron on the way north and sell it to me in minneapolis when the trip is through. i would prefer the faster red model;)
I second Kanoes' recommendation of the Wilderness. I took his advice last summer and got one of the factory seconds from Spring Creek. This was my first solo canoe, and I really like it. The Royalex adds a little weight, and I'm sure the Wilderness won't win any speed contests, but it's stable, holds a good amount of gear and makes for a nice fishing platform. I got very comfortable paddling it after only about a day. The folks at Spring Creek Outfitters are real nice to do business with also.