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#5571064 - 01/29/15 11:50 AM opinions
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I'm thinking about purchasing a 15 ft canoe to use for fly fishing the marshes on the coast. Since my budget isn't too steep on this project I'm thinking of building one of those mud motor kits to use temporarily. The boat only weighs 100 pounds, is pretty streamlined, only 42 inches wide at the widest point. How fast do you think a 6.5 hp long tail would push it? I know it will be a lot slower than an outboard, but I want to be able to get into the back areas that I wouldn't be able to reach with a regular motor. Before you say save the money and buy a real longtail, 2 grand is just out of the question right now. This kit and motor will cost me under 400 dollars, and if it works for a while and breaks, oh well. Thanks.

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#5571067 - 01/29/15 11:52 AM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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Bt the way, the canoe has a square stern and is rated for 4hp. And has 850 pound weight capacity. The reports I've read on it say it's extremely stable so I think it will be a good little duck boat as well. Best part is it only cost 600 bucks


Edited by Erichugh22 (01/29/15 05:07 PM)

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#5571140 - 01/29/15 12:28 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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I don't know anything about those motors but I like your plan! When I moved to Austin I swore I'd eventually get a boat for sight fishing down there, I haven't been able to get around to it financially, I have thought about a stepping stone boat like what you are talking about rigging up.

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#5571171 - 01/29/15 12:44 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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I'd be scared to death to make a turn in a canoe with a motor. Some pics of the canoe would be helpful. I think it would go about 10-14 mph.

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#5571189 - 01/29/15 12:50 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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This canoe is made to be ran with a motor, technically it's a skiff/canoe hybrid

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#5571316 - 01/29/15 01:54 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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I don't know how much I would like a mud motor on a canoe. I would say check with Guy. He bought a mo marsh and seems to like it.
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#5571545 - 01/29/15 03:38 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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Canoes with a motor is an accident waiting to happen. Ask me how I know.
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#5571572 - 01/29/15 03:47 PM Re: opinions [Re: aerangis]
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
Canoes with a motor is an accident waiting to happen. Ask me how I know.


On a regular canoe I wouldn't try it at all. This one is specifically made for running with a motor.

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#5571633 - 01/29/15 04:10 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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The issue isn't the lack of a transom, it's the narrow beam. It's inherently unstable.
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#5571736 - 01/29/15 04:52 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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The beam is 44.5 inches wide. 2 inches wider than my old John boat. The model is extremely stable. My friend has a poling platform on the back and a deck on the front and fishes 2 people standing up out of it regularly. It's really more of a skiff.

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#5571757 - 01/29/15 05:03 PM Re: opinions [Re: aerangis]
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
Canoes with a motor is an accident waiting to happen. Ask me how I know.


How do you know?
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#5571758 - 01/29/15 05:04 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
The beam is 44.5 inches wide. 2 inches wider than my old John boat. The model is extremely stable. My friend has a poling platform on the back and a deck on the front and fishes 2 people standing up out of it regularly. It's really more of a skiff.


Post up some pics.
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#5571767 - 01/29/15 05:08 PM Re: opinions [Re: Ben Lilly]
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Originally Posted By: Ben Lilly
If your talking about this canoe then they are very stable compared to a standard canoe.
http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old-town...amp;N=670789616


That's the one, was just getting ready to post up the link.

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#5571770 - 01/29/15 05:10 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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sorry, I was trying to edit on my phone...erased it

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#5572356 - 01/29/15 10:10 PM Re: opinions [Re: Erichugh22]
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The other side to that equation... If you don't have a motor that's going to be a bear to paddle solo. I've got a 16ft Old Town Guide canoe, great for family outings but not much fun for a solo trip. Looks pretty stable but you won't want to run too fast anyways.
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