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boat for my dog and me

Post by space-katet » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:43 pm

I am looking for a canoe that will take my 25 pound dog and me on up to class II. I'm thinking of something that has some space for him to move, with the option to remove the float bags. A tandem that is maneuverable for a solo paddler (and carry-er) is also an option.

I tried taking him out in my Zephyr last summer with poor results. First, he climbed up on the float bags. Then, I took the front bag out to give him some space, and discovered that the Zephyr is not made to have any weight scrambling around in its bow. I never realized how much I lean in the boat to get the Zephyr to turn, and every time I leaned my dog freaked out.

He does a great job in a big tandem on I's and II's. I just need a boat that I can handle myself. Ideas? Thanks!

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by valhallalongboats » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:32 pm

I've only taken the dog out a few times, but one thing I noticed is that having a stable boat seems to help the dog relax and not move around so much.

I had some good success with a 40-50 lb. dog in class I and II in a Sunburst. I moved the saddle back a bit so I had a nice large compartment between the saddle and the air-bag for the dog. I think the stability of the sunburst helped the dog to relax, and it helped me relax too! You could also try the same thing with a Mad River ME...should work the same way. Another option for such a small dog would be an Old Town H2Pro with a 48" bag in the front so the dog has some room...again, its a nice, stable craft.
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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by NickParker » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:42 pm

The OT Cascade has worked well for me for that type of use, neither me or the dogs have ever had a problem with it. There's one listed in the Mobile AL area right now:

http://mobile.craigslist.org/boa/4295224359.html

I rigged mine with a center kneeling thwart. Most of the time it also has the standard seats in it, along with small end bags. That is a very flexible setup.

Sometimes I will take out the seats and put in large end bags, depending on the trip. There's still enough room for overnight gear, and/or a dog the size of yours.

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by space-katet » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:33 pm

Thank you! I'm not familiar with any of those boats, but after looking them up online, all three seem to be exactly the kind of boat I'm looking for.

Virginia is a long way from Alabama, but I might contact the craigslist poster and see what we can do.

Any other ideas? Anyone want to sell a boat?

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by DougB » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:33 am

Esquif Pocket Canyon

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by space-katet » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:09 am

Thanks, Doug, for the suggestion.

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by TonyB » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:40 pm

Mohawk challenger and Odyssey should be added to your list.
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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by hammerhead » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:10 am

I had good luck with my Golden in my ME..versatile, adaptable. If I kept moving it was all good, go slow and get too close to shore and She would bail. But that was the dog's problem, not the boat's. Good Luck...It's always interesting paddling with a dog. Peace...

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by hazardharry » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:56 am

i enjoy 14 years of canoeing with my husky dog. OT discoveries in the beginning and ending up in an Old Town appalachian. now that he has passed i can OC-1.
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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by sbroam » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:14 am

Get your pooch his own boat - seems the Force would be the right one ;-)

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by clt_capt » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:46 am

My previous lab spent a bunch of time with me on the Nanty and Tuck in a Bluehole OCA - Even though it is very old school, I paddled an awful lot of stuff solo in the OCA too...

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Re: boat for my dog and me

Post by JFC » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:34 pm

An XL-13 or 14 would be more than stable enough.

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