Rated 4 out of 5 by Aude Get what yoiu pay for.
Bought this canoe even after reading the online reviews and saw that the rivets tend to come out. First time to the river and the rivets came out of the front of the canoe. I choose to drill out the rivets and insert stainless steel bolts and locking nuts. Works fine. I would still buy this canoe again. Dollar to value its still a good buy. Yes you may need to modify it but you get what you pay for most of the time.
September 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by wimpster scanoe review
nice product very stable for a canoe our children love it
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kirk Good Bang For The Buck
Bought this at our local Dicks on sale during boat week. For beating and banging down the Shenandoah River it works perfect. Wish the front seat was moved back about 6 more inches for a little more leg room, wish the transom was wider and wish the seats had backrests but for the price I paid for it I'm very happy. This canoe is going to live a very hard life over the years... time will tell but so far we've been beating the heck out of it, not flipped it and have not had one minutes problem with it. We also drag it fully loaded including battery and motor uphill and around portage paths... just wrap a rope around you and your buddies waste and off you go. Thanks for offering this canoe at a great sale price. If the price hadn't been so cheap I would have bought a kayak and had to leave most of my gear and buddies setting at home. Its been a fish catching machine for us.
July 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Uriah Still the best buy for a new squareback
Coleman (or rather Pelican to start with, but the manufacturer has changed) was about the only manufacturer of affordable squareback canoes years ago (70s) with the RAM-X Scanoe and this is the modern version of it. The new one is a bit flimsyier then the older ones but still servicable.
I think for a few hundred more you can get a superior Old Town squareback, but nobody has ANYTHING for around 400 bucks (new) to compete with this. If you take care of your Scanoe it will last for decades. You might have to work on it from time to time but that can be said of anything.
These things are not lightweight and smaller people might have a problem portaging them but it's a SQUAREBACK designed for a small outboard or trolling motor. It's also fairly large, not like a smaller trapper model. I've used mine for river cruising, fishing, duck hunting, hauled a deer in it a time or two while hunting and it's did it just fine. This is a CANOE and not the swiftest or most stable of craft. It's not pretty. It's under 400 bucks. Nessmuk would hate this Scanoe.
Coleman for the most part has always made (or had made in this case) affordable outdoor gear for the masses. If you use this, it's gonna get scratched, it'll show signs of use soon. Mine looks much older and battleworn then it really is, but so far it hasn't sank or let me down in any way. I don't cringe when I hit the occasional rock like i would in my much more expensive canoe. I use this enough to where if I got a new one every single year, I'd still be money ahead over something costing much more.
Like for fishing, I usually run upriver about as far as my battery will last on the trolling motor (and I use a small 55lb thrust like a lot of you do) and drift/paddle back down to the launch. If I'm somewhere where I know I'll have to portage alot, I ditch the battery/motor to make it easier to drag/carry till I'm back in water. This isn't rocket science people. With easy cruising (and a large battery) I've went almost 20 miles on a charge. If I feel aggressive I'm lucky to go 5.
I have a ladder rack over the topper on my truck and it's easy for me to load myself but I've also stuck it (tied down of course) in the back of a small pickup with a flag on what's sticking out.
If I'm going to be in choppy water (lake on a windy day) I use a pair of outriggers on it like I would with any canoe. No, they don't look cool, but they'll help keep you from fishing your gear out of the lake.
While I miss my bigger watercraft, this was cheap to buy and cheap to operate not to mention I don't have a problem storing it or have to use a trailer. I can haul it with almost anything and a bit of rigging. No, it's not the best canoe out there (and never has been) but again for what you can buy these things for new, they really have little competition.
These are also a great first canoe. If you take reasonable care of it (and sell it the right time of year) you won't lose much money on it when you upgrade to something nicer for a bunch more money. If you only go out a few times a year you'll likely be happy with it for years to come, well, I'm been using Scanoes for over 30 years now.
July 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Scott It's cheap! (and that's why I like it.)
I picked up the Scanoe for basic fishing and to get an idea if I would go to the river enough to warrant forking out big $$ on a boat. For a little over $600 I was able to have the Scanoe out on the river, fully functional with a trolling motor and properly registered. (Not including cost of marine battery, which I already had.)
Right off the bat, it's cheaply made. I bought it on sale after spending a good year reading all the reviews and looking at various models. The deciding factor was price and, "It's good enough." The bad: It's ugly -- I scratched the plastic long before ever getting it to the river. It's unwieldy out of the water. With two people it's a piece of cake. For solo loading, there's a bit of a learning curve. (hence the scratches.) The transom is plastic. When I put the trolling motor on full speed I can actually see the plastic bending. (maybe almost full speed is good enough...). It's a canoe, not a bass boat. If you forget that, you might go swimming. It's good for CALM water only. Dealing with speed boat wakes can be an uncomfortable experience and you couldn't pay me enough to take this out on choppy waters.
Now that's out of the way... I love this canoe. I can load it up in just a few minutes and be on my way. I configured it with a 55# thrust Minn-Kota Endura transom mount motor with an extended handle. (That motor is a bit heavy for the Scanoe with me sitting in the back as well, but I'm happy with it. I'm about 180 pounds if that helps.) I altered an old set of jumper cables so that I could place the battery in the front of the craft -- Coleman or Minn-Kota could do well selling an extension kit for the battery wires. The trolling motor moves the canoe along faster than I could ever paddle it, but it's still a trolling motor so it's not going to be fast. The canoe is stable enough if you respect the fact that it is a canoe. (There are more stable canoes out there, but not in this price range.)
The weight is about 85 pounds and it's awkward to move around on my own. I may make some alterations to make it easier to carry. The seats are hard plastic so it's worthwhile to take some kind of pad if your going to be in it for any length of time. I'm not crazy about the cup holders. Real cup holders and rod holders are going to be a must. Some other minor alterations will be in order later.
Recently, I bought a Hummingbird 110 fish finder based on the ease of use with canoes. I'll do a review on that after using it enough to be able to give a good opinion.
Nevada specific info: Something important to understand is that you will need to get the boat registered with NV Department of Wildlife to be able to use it with a motor here. (Make sure you have all the documents you need when you buy the boat. There is a manufacturer's statement of origin that you will need along with your receipt, and you will have to take to canoe to NDoW.) That was about $55. I would recommend the Scanoe for use on the Colorado River in good weather, but not for Lake Mead except very near shore in exceptionally calm weather.
July 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JWest good value, fun canoe
Not the most streamlined of canoes but a lot of fun and a great value. Got it on sale for $300 plus $20 off on top with a Dick's coupon. For $280 it deserves 4 1/2 stars but it didn't give a half star option. I like the middle seat, it's perfect for kids. Very stable and seems to be well constructed. I've only had it a month so time will tell it's durability but I think it will last. The stern is squared making it perfect for a trolling motor which I may eventually get. But overall, for less than $300 you can't go wrong.
July 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scanoe for life Love this canoe!!!!
I got this canoe for my sons 9th birthday and let me tell you it's the best gift ever!!! I put a 55lb thrust trolling motor in the back anybd it makes this canoe run like a dream. We have taken this canoe out the past three weekends and caught more largemouth and walleye then we have the past year on our 16' crestliner. I made a cart with 10" wheels to pull it to our favorite lakes that do not offer boat ramps so we can get to the spots across the lake we dreamed of getting to. Suggest getting a set of jumper cables for under $10 from Walmart to cut the ends off and use the cable to extend your trolling motor battery to the front to even out the weight across the boat. With a 55lb trolling motor you can fly in this boat and pick the front end up with a 80lb child in the front. Also the trolling motor even with a extendable 6" handle, I had to lean back to turn the boat. A 24" minkota handle extension fixes that. I just put on two swivel boat seats and can't wait to take it out this weekend.
July 8, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dick Poor quality junk
Having dicks come pick this piece of junk up and refund my money, after removing the plastic all the rivet's are popped out the handles are falling off, the molding all got drilled on the very edge and most not even on the molding. The boat has deep gouges all over it, and as flimsy as it is i would not trust it in a 2 ft pond. you couldnt pay me to keep this hunk of garbage.
June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JL Awesome!
If you are not that serious of a canoe'r and just want to have some fun, this is the one to buy. It is awesome. We have had 3 people in this canoe going down the river by our house with no problem. It is a lot more sturdy than the cheap canoes out there. I would 100% reccomend this one, plus for the price, it is awesome!
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patrick This boat proved me wrong
I purchased this scanoe for myself because it was my birthday. I was very sceptical because I am not a boating guy but I did want something to fish out of I love to fish. My biggest worry was stability and let me say the first day I took it out on the lake I was shown how good this boat does in the water. It was nice no wind on Aurora reservoir and we took it out me my wife and two little girls. I put a 30lbs trolling motor on it and it really moved great through the water. We got it all the way accross the lake and the wind picked up to around 20-25 mph with 30 + gust. We beached the boat for around 30 mins then we decided it was time to go because it wasn't getting any better. The water had large waves with white caps and probably 2-3 swells ever so often. This thing go me all the way accross the lake with a 30 lbs thrust motor going against the waves. We hit such big waves it was filling up the boat because water was splashing in the boat after we would come off of the wave. I was scared out of my mind we where going to lose it but we didn't. I kept the boat pointed at the waves and took them as they came and stayed 30 ft off the shoreline incase we did cap size. I am very impressed with the scanoe this is my first boat and I feel I made a great choice. I can unload and load it by myself but I am 6"1 220 lbs for the price you cannot beat this boat its very good for fishing. I can't wait to get my stablizers on it and make that much more safe to be on.
June 24, 2013