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Moses_Yoder
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Coleman canoe

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What are Coleman canoes made of? Some sort of plastic resin? I may have a chance to buy one really cheap, any reason not to? Like $120 for a 15 footer.
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High density polyethylene. I believe Pelican made them. If it floats and keeps water on the outside it’s probably worth $120
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It's a good buy..
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I’ve had a 16’ one for 30+ years. A great canoe. A few scratches more now, but basically it’s the same as when I bought it.
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Look at it carefully - I've had one for years and it has developed some cracks here and there. They are heavy, compared to some other brands, which didn't bother me so much when I was younger but does now. Some say coleman canoes should not be stored out in direct sunlight, others say it doesn't matter.
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Heavy and slow, but durable. Negotiate the price down a little.
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Heavy, hard to get on the top of your rig. We had a 17ft one. Had great fun with it.
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I am a canoe snob, they never did much for me, but that sounds like a good deal if it doesn’t have cracks. If it gets you out on the water, that’s what matters. I’ve paddled some real barges, they look pretty good compared to an old town sportsman or a Raddison. Check for cold cracks around the gunnels and wherever anything passes through the hull.
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I like my 14’ Radisson but it isn’t meant for whitewater either. That’s fine because we don’t have fast running, rocky creeks and rivers here. For fishing and exploring our muddy, flat water rivers it works great.

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I have a 17' Coleman canoe, had it for over 30 years, 22 of those years it was stress-tested by hordes of Boy Scouts. a bit faded now, with numerous scratches, but still going strong.
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They are heavy and slow, but are quiet!
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Compared to an Old Town Royalex or a Grummand aluminum canoe Coleman canoes are a barge in the water, durable but a barge none the less.
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It is kind of a barge. We got it for the kids which it was great for. It has spent half its time partially submerged (it won’t sink) when in the water. The kids love to do that! It’s been great. We’re on a 9000 acre lake and when out it is very stable and safe too.
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Canoes are like GPAs. The use case can determine its worth to the owner. If you're floating around a lake then it will probably work fine as long as it's not too heavy to get on and off your truck. Most people I know who own canoes complain about the weight.

I personally don't like to paddle canoes in Colorado lakes because it's so windy. The water gets choppy, you can take on water and the boats get unstable. That's the main reson I have kayaks.

I do own an Old Town Penobscot 17 Royalex canoe which I sometimes use on rivers. It's a nice canoe.
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Just my opinion Moses, but for a little bit more money you can get an aluminum canoe that's lighter and will paddle better. An aluminum canoe can be stored anywhere but my guess is storing a plastic one exposed to the sun isn't good for it.
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stoves1234 wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 6:09 pm Just my opinion Moses, but for a little bit more money you can get an aluminum canoe that's lighter and will paddle better. An aluminum canoe can be stored anywhere but my guess is storing a plastic one exposed to the sun isn't good for it.
No argument there.
However, I once stove in the side of our Coleman canoe and just kicked it out with my foot. You can’t even find it now. Try that with aluminum!
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I have both a Coleman canoe and the incredible Crawdad - flat bottom 12-foot john boat.
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Some of the Coleman canoes are made of a material called RAM X. I don't know about the weight of these, but they're extremely durable. My personal opinion would be try a kayak first and see how you like it. You can rent them from fluid fun in Bristol. You may know where that place is, Moses. There are many configurations and lengths of kayaks with prices ranging from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. A kayak would definitely be more manageable out of the water for one person.
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rob_pontius wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 10:34 pm Some of the Coleman canoes are made of a material called RAM X. I don't know about the weight of these, but they're extremely durable. My personal opinion would be try a kayak first and see how you like it. You can rent them from fluid fun in Bristol. You may know where that place is, Moses. There are many configurations and lengths of kayaks with prices ranging from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. A kayak would definitely be more manageable out of the water for one person.
Yes RamX. It is both heavy and durable! These canoes are not for everyone, but ours has been great for what we use it for. It has been stored outside 24/7 365 for close to 30 years. It is mostly shaded though in the summer.
It has been great for the kids playing and learning to paddle on the lake although it really isn’t bad for going down a river trip. Just dont expect to win any races!
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I appreciate the advice, it helps me out a lot knowing what to look for. My next purchase is going to be a canoe. THis guy responded to my first message then didn't respond for a full day so I asked him if he sold it to someone else and he replied "I decided to keep it, thanks for your time." Yes well thanks for nothing but I have learned never to count my eggs before I get the chickens. I appreciate all of the valuable advice.
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My friend was out for a leisurely paddle with a disabled friend in a Coleman canoe.
There was a surprise down pour and the stream they were in swelled and became a raging river.
Both were thrown from the canoe and once Carl saved himself he went looking for Jerry.
Jerry was clinging for his life to a log. Carl made his way to Jerry and got him safely to shore. Carl was able to find the canoe folded around a rock.
The internal metal support was bent in a 90 degree angle.
He folded it back, loaded Jerry up and paddled him down to the next road.
Surprisingly the canoe is still in use.
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That’s a 17ft square back Coleman scanoe. It’s big and wide. I’ll give it to anyone that wants to come get it.

We upgraded to kayaks and I sold the truck with the hard shell, so the scanoe is landlocked in my backyard.
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Myself and a buddy once wrapped a Coleman RamX canoe around a rock in a class-three rapid in the Sandy river near Portland, OR. It was wrapped end-for-end. It took six BIG guys to pull it off after I risked life and limb to rig a rope to it in the middle of the rapid--fortunately, we were right next to "muscle beach", so big guys were abundant and more than happy to show off.

We brought it home--after jumping on it to get it straight enough for the roof rack--and called Coleman. The nice fellow there said to drill out the rivets, remove the frame and then pour boiling water over any white creases. A new aluminum frame cost something like $60 and a few days later, the canoe looked almost like new, aside from a few gouges in the plastic.

That was over thirty years ago. Last summer, I was sitting at the bar of the pub when a guy sat down next to me. I looked at him and asked him if he was named Eric. He said yes, and was surprised as he'd never met me before. I replied "We wrecked a canoe on the Sandy one time." He bought the first round.
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My brother has one but they are prone to cracks. We have plastic welded it several times. Its held up well to rocks but constantly cracks again by the cross supports, luckily above water line. Its heavy and paddles bad but he got it free. I definitely prefer my kayaks. The ly paddle much better and are easier to load on the truck.

If I was going for a canoe I would look at one of the aluminum canoes. I can’t afford a carbon fiber or kevlar. The roto-molded kayaks hold up well though.
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I wonder if it's the kind of plastic that responds to a weed burner.
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