Coleman Scanoe Canoe
love this boat
I fish mostly mid size rivers and sometimes they can become very swift at times this boat can handle all water. I love it!!!!!!! I saved up my money to buy it after reading review after review and I have yet to be disappointed. Have no worries my fishing friends you will not be let down.
May 16, 2013
Solid model canoe with great value
The Coleman name has always meant quality, and though this model canoe is modeled under a number of brand banners by the same manufacturer, this is a very solid little boat. Three people might be a bit much, but two adults and one child can do great on calm waters in this sturdy little craft. My only complaint was the external shipping service Dicks engaged to deliver the craft took an extra week to deliver then they needed to.
May 7, 2013
Good overall but one warning
Overall, I have no major complaints with this canoe but I turned it upside down the first time out and lost a lot of stuff. Did I tip it over? No. I was alone in the back with a 50 lb battery and a trolling motor in the back and gunned it up to full speed. After about 10 or 15 seconds, I heard the sound of rushing water. I turned around and water was pouring into the boat! At full speed, the bow rises up rather high even though I am only 175 lbs. If you use a motor in the back, you need to put the battery up front by lengthening your cables. However, this is still not a great solution since it was annoying turning so far around to reach the motor in the first place. A better solution would be to mount a frame in the middle and put a motor on the side from an extended 2x4, keep you and the battery there in or near the middle and you will have easy access to it and never worry about water coming up the back. I lost $200 and counting worth of stuff and the jury is still out on my cellphone. Will also be adding side stabilizers for peace of mind with kids but canoe felt pretty sturdy.
April 28, 2013
Scanoe is better than small Jon
Fished the inlet at Cherry Grove SC. two days. I caught more fish than the guy in the $30k boat across the creek. The vessel is designed for a trolling motor so use a motor and you will be pleased. I used a paddle and a 30lb motor. Paddling is for a short distance, a motor is the perfect fit. If traveling alone, put the battery in the bow section, in front of the front bench. I used jumper cables to reach the motor wires. I am so pleased, I plan to install #6 wires in a pvc pipe from front to back. I have had 12ft Jon's, I like the Scanoe better. Just as stable as a small Jon boat. Easy to load and unload in and out of F150 truck bed. Light enough to handle alone. You will not likely knock a hole or dent the hull, and hard to scratch to. Aluminum will dent, scratch, and puncture.
One additional neat find. Boaters will slow down going by a Scanoe. They won't slow if you are in a conventional boat. Great value. Buy one, tighten the bolts, replace the rivets and the noe will out last you. Tight lines, never slack, Fish On!
April 13, 2013
Follow up review
I posted a review about a year ago and this is a follow up to that. I found out that the scanoe was more susceptible to wind than i first thought. If you are planning to go out on a windy day with no motor i wouldn't recommend it. I have had the boat for about a year and have recently gotten a 55 lb thrust Minn Kota trolling motor to put on the back. This works very well and is a way better idea than paddling it. The boat can handle a decent amount of wind with the motor. The only downside is that it is positioned very far back and is a little difficult to reach. If you are going out alone with a motor + battery you will definitely need a counterweight and i found a cheap and easy solution. Fill empty milk jugs with sand and water. these weigh about 20lbs each and if u put a couple in front it works well as a counterweight. people say that the screws come out and i did have a few fall out but when you get the boat just tighten them and it will be no big deal.
February 18, 2013
Great for ponds and very small lakes.
I purchased this canoe about a year ago now. I have had it out quite a few times. I found it best for use on ponds of about any size. On big water like lakes it doesn't track well enough, and loses speed quite quick when you stop paddling so it will give you a work out. I would recommend out fitting it with a trolling motor if you are going to use it on a body of water over couple hundred acres in size. I enjoyed using it the most in ponds that were less the 20 acres in size. I plan on purchasing a kayak for me to use when i am fishing alone as this canoe is a little much to handle on your own especially if you have gear loaded in it too when you try and move it. It is pretty stable as far as canoes go, i have even stood up in it a few times, and trusted it enough to take my 5 and 7 yr old out fishing in it with me. I feel it was a great value and I got what I would expect for an under $500 canoe. I would purchase it again.
December 30, 2012
More fun every time I take it out
I use it in creeks and back waters and along the edge of the Tennesee River. It's easy to paddle and pole. I fish out of it and it carries all my camping gear. I am 100% satisfied with it. The only problem that I have with it is it makes me not want to go to work.
October 13, 2012
Best boat for the price.
I bought this boat a couple months ago on sale at Dick's. I equipped it with an old Elgin 1959 2hp outboard. I fit myself my wife and my 3 and 5 year old kids plus a couple fishing poles no problem. The boat is very stable for a canoe. At full throttle the back end of the canoe went down uncomfortably low in the water. I ended up extending my tiller handle out about 2ft longer and it cured the problem by keeping my weight more forward. Paddling with everyone on board is quite slow. Some people equip theirs with oars which would be better. I am able to load mine by myself on my sedan with a little struggling, using foam blocks and ratcheting tie-downs. I have no regrets purchasing this canoe.
August 19, 2012
Fun for Family Boating
Took the boat out onto Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, NY. Two adults, one sm child and a dog fit comfortably in the boat. Seats were well placed and comfortable. It was smooth and steady on the water, and pretty balanced. Easily recovered from a tip over.It would be too heavy for any distance portaging..but it fit perfectly atop my Hyundai Tucson. It would be nice to have had a closed storage compartment.. especially to save things like cameras from getting wet.
August 15, 2012
Liked it so much, I want another one
I waited for several years to save the money to purchase this boat. It was well worth the wait. I enjoyed a trial run to see if I could stay in it in still water. Tracks great and my two minor daughters were able to paddle it with ease. Two floats on the Clinch River in Tennessee; one with two grown men (total of 420 pounds) and 100 pounds of gear including a 30 lb thrust trolling motor and a marine battery, and it was awesome. The trolling motor handled the boat well. Unfortunately, a motorist struck my truck that I was hauling it in and caused me to flip upside down in my truck and slide backwards down the interstate. I enjoyed this Scanoe so much, I am working on replacing the one that was damaged during the wreck.
August 1, 2012