Hi all, I am looking to purchase an all around canoe mainly used for hunting though. I have rented and used canoes for over night and week long trips before, but have never owned one. I am just looking for suggestions on what to buy/ what to look for in a hunting canoe. From the research I have done I am really liking the Old Town Predator 150SS. The ability to have a motor really appeals to me and has pretty much sold me on a square stern. I also like the very high weight capacity of the 150SS as I would like to use the canoe for a lot of moose hunting, and hauling around a moose with 2 people and a week's worth of gear isn't light. I have been searching for the predator to buy used, but cannot find it. That being said, I am currently due to head back to AK from Afghanistan in a few months so I do not know if sportsmans in Anchorage (or some other store) offers the Predator, does anyone have any information on that? Is that because not many people have them in AK? My spending limit for a canoe is right around 1500 plus or minus a bit. Obviously, a killer deal would be great, but I'm sure as with everything else, you get what you pay for.
Also, I would like to use this boat for family outings with my wife (overnight camping and small day trips). What things should I be looking for in a canoe in order to go up and down the knik? Would it be possible to go across the Knik Arm (around point mackenzie) in a canoe? Like I've already stated, my main goal with this canoe would be moose hunting.. Power up river/stream and float down.. Or somewhere that I could drive to a pick up and drop off point..
My experience with canoes has been in calmer waters (only up to class II at some points) on multiple day trips.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions and help.