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PostPosted: February 21st, 2020, 10:05 pm 

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Now that my 2 kids are getting a bit bigger its time to get a second canoe. I already have a Mad River Explorer, and for a second boat I'm trying to decide between a Prospector and a Bob Special. I do a lot of solo paddling/ fishing which makes me lean towards the Bob. We do tackle some longer tandem trips from time to time though, probably more often as the kids get older.

So, although I've always wanted a Prospector, it seems like the Bob would be better for solo tripping and fishing, as well as being a good boat for my kids to learn to paddle on their own when they get a bit older. With the Explorer along I think we should be able to deal with the Bob's reduced capacity on longer trips. Interested to hear what the experts think though. Any advice is very welcome.

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If you're looking for a tandem that is smaller than a Prospector, but is a great solo boat, I'd recommend taking a look at the Pal. Nova Craft makes a Pal, which is a modern 'replica' of the classic Chestnut Pal from the early era of cedar/canvas construction. While it is 16' long and symmetrical, the Pal is slightly narrower and shallower than a Prospector, and has less rocker. This is my go-to solo tripper (I remove the stern seat and turn the canoe around), and it doubles nicely as a second tandem when needed.

You'll probably find the Pal to track better than the Bob.


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