hey all. so i'm planning a canoe trip down the length of the mississippi river next spring/summer (see http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=forum.thread&threadid=491564&confid=1&forumid=15). i'm looking to pick up a 17' foot alumacraft canoe in the twin cities area this fall so i don't have to deal with it next year. been checking on craigslist, but just wanted to reach out here as well. any leads?
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There are usually a few that show up at the Midwest Mountaineering Spring Expo canoe auction. I believe that is usually in mid-April.
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I would suggest you renting, or borrowing, an Alumacraft, and a Grumman, and see which one you like best. Back when we bought our own aluminum canoe, we did that, and found that, at least for us, the Alumnacraft paddled easier, and was more maneuverable on the water than the Grumman. We sort of felt like the Grumman, whilst strong as you could ask, was just sort of heavy-feeling, compared to the Alumacraft. But, there are plenty of happy Grumman owners out there, and have been for years, so give both a shot and see what you think. You might do this on a windy day, so you can see if the wind is going to be a problem for you. We found that the Alumacraft did just fine, for what it is, and so that's what we bought. But, you should check it out, and see what feels and paddles best for you. Your trip sounds very exciting, and if you prepare well in advance, and work together, this adventure should be a lifetime memory for you! Take care, good luck, and God Bless!
I know a guy who took a paddleboat from Itasca to New Orleans. I also know a guy who took a pontoon from Prarie Du Chien to New Orleans (a multi-trip deal). I am sure that there is much to be learned about that sort of vaoyage.
Have you found resources to make you comfortable that you have planned well? If not, I could look up one of those guys for you to talk to if you wish.
I made the trip down the "Mighty Miss" many years ago in an old fiberglass, beast of a canoe I bought at a garage sale for $50. The trip was an amazing adventure I would recommend to anyone who has the time. I just saw your post and was feeling nostalgic, I unfortunately do not have a canoe for sale at this time. Safe journey to you.
Check out http://www.springcreek.com/a/j/canoes/aluminum-canoes. They sell reconditioned outfitter canoes. I think they are located near Virginia Minnesota. My son just bought an used 17 foot alumicraft for $450 and they are bringing it to canoecopia for him.
I was actually thinking of going with Spring Creek. They're willing to deliver the canoe to the Twin Cities for not too expensive, so might just do that. Bannock -- Road of Souls looks really interesting. I've been looking for books about the river and hadn't come across that one. Thanks for the heads up.