Old Town Tripper substitute?
Since it appears that Old Town no longer makes the Tripper canoe model (hoping someone will correct me that I'm mistaken), what are some alternatives that would be comparable. Also since Rolayex is no longer available suggestions as to similarly durable materials would be great too.
Looking for a bit of an all around canoe, enjoyable to paddle on day trips, but also able to handle a decent load too for extended trips and possibly hauling a moose out (which would probably put the canoe at gross wt. capacity or a little above, which I realize there are drawbacks to). Used mostly on small to medium lakes, marshes, and easier rivers (class 1-2 for the most part as I'm not experienced enough with whitewater to feel comfortable taking on anything more challenging in a canoe. I'd primarily use it for lining up shallow streams for hunting, sneaking back into sloughs and marsh for hunting and day/weekend trips on local rivers. It'd be nice to keep the weight below or around 70 lbs so that portaging isn't too terrible. There are so many manufactures and options out there that it is a bit intimidating to figure out where to start looking.
Looking at the prospector series by Novacraft in their Tuffstuff lay-up. Seems like it'd be a good all around canoe but am open to any and all suggestions.
Also availability of either shipping the canoe to Fairbanks or Anchorage or having available locally will play into the decision as well.
Thanks in advance!
I might wait on T-Formex canoes from Esquif and see how they stand up long term. This is a similar material to Royalex but more abrasion resistance but I think time will tell. A Prospecteur 17 would be a good tripping design if the material pans out.
Nova-Craft makes a prospector 18 and Tuff-Stuff looks pretty good. This boat is similar in carrying capacity to my battered old Tripper.. Not quite as indestructable as rolayex but very good and very light.
However if you want to hall a moose I'd save up for a 20 Foot Mackenzie from Clipper in Kevlar. You need to be careful in rock gardens but this boat has CAPACITY! Finding the holy grail 20 foot Tripper from Old Town would also be a worthy quest. People are holding on to these and the similar 20 foot Miramichi from Esquif as they were Cargo worthy haulers with great durability thought heavy as hell.
There may not be any substitute for the abs boats if rocks are involved. Later old Town abs boats grew lighter,
my 17 Penobscott weighs 65 pounds, moves a load fast, but lacks the reserve buoyancy of those much heavier
bigger ended old Town Trippers. Now that abs is gone, a three layer poly Penobscot 17 is up there weight wise
at 83 Lb. Too heavy!
Thise Nova Prospectors look nice. The Tripper was a deep hull and Your going to find that here in these boats.
Notice the capacity numbers and how each foot of length adds about 200 Lb. to capacity? Since hunting
is intended, it's my opinion that a longer Nova Prospectors like the 17,18 would serve well on the paddle out
following hunting success. Those Nova capacity numbers might be a little less inflated than most. Imagine that
I occasionally encounter a Clipper Canoe. Both boat and paddler seem know their way.
Good luck finding the right boat. The demise of abs sure has narrowed our choices. Trippers had faded in popularity to
faster and lighter canoes. I doubt many people bought them in the end. They were a pretty good class 3 boat and you
could camp like Teddy R with all that capacity. Old town doesn't go there any more.
Thanks for the reply. I'm thinking the Novacraft prospector in the tuffstuff is a leading option for me. Time to dive into some more research. While the tuff stuff may not be quite as durable as rolayex, it seems like it's pretty good. Have seen several reviews and videos online that are very favorable of it.
while I'll still keep watching for a used tripper, I'll be surprised if one comes up for sale.