Through an extensive amount or research of old threads on these forums, I have narrowed down my boating selection to a canoe with a surface drive. In my opinion this is the most cost efficient way (both initial investment and operating costs) to duck hunt, caribou hunt, moose hunt, and for fishing river transportation with the ability to run shallow rocky rivers. The surface drive is ideal for these activities. My motor selection is the 7hp Copperhead (about 90lbs). The canoe will be trailered.
All of the following canoes have the load carrying ability i’m looking for…
#1 Esquif Cargo (Royalex) 95lbs
My concern is the oil canning issue. I’ve read the forum posts about the fixes for it, and they seem like reasonable solutions. Has anyone used the fix for several years that could offer any updates to this situation or how the boat is doing overall with the surface drive.
#2 Osagian Missourian 17 (Aluminum) 113lb
Aluminum is very durable, but it does like to stick on rocks. Hull is .050 thick. I believe some of the solutions that the aluminum drift boats guys use on their boat bottoms would help the canoe in shallow water. There was some forum posts about build quality, but modifications and repair work would be easy as I have the ability to weld aluminum. The aluminum boat should handle a surface drive motor well. The Esquif Cargo and the Missourian are almost identical in dimensions except for the depth being 1.5” shorter on the Missourian.
#3 Clipper MacKenzie Sport 18 (Fiberglass or Kevlar undecided) 113lb
I read a few posts stating that this boat wouldn’t work well with a surface drive…. Any information on this would be appreciated (no specifics were given). The boat is the most expensive of the group but It looks like the quality is going to be there. Curious about durability in shallow rocky rivers.
#4 Old Town Discovery Sport 15 (Three Layer Polyethylene) 113l
I’m curious if this canoe could handle the surface drive motor. It is the smallest of the group and least expensive. At one point I had considered getting this for a my duck boat canoe and later purchasing a larger canoe as well for moose and caribou hunting. I could just move the copperhead from one to the other.
I left Grumman off of the list due to the cost being higher than the Osagian Missourian. The Missourian also has higher sides and a wider stance for stability.
Any opinions on these canoes with this setup would be appreciated.