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 Post subject: OT Tripper 18'?
PostPosted: March 6th, 2018, 10:15 pm 
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Hi all,

I have a question for those more experienced with OT boats than I am. Google hasn't been helpful. I'm looking for a larger canoe for tripping with a wife and two kids (ages 4 and 6). I know that type of thread has been beat to death, so I won't ask for canoe recommendations. The plan is to find a used boat large enough to last a couple years until the kids are both old enough to bow paddle, then go with two canoes.

Regardless, I'm in Thunder Bay, so travel to find used equipment is difficult. There is someone locally advertising an Old Town Tripper 18' for $1000. My understanding is that the Trippers were either 17' or 20' and I can't find anything online about an 18' model. The seller assures me it is 18'.

Can anyone help me out with this?

Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
PostPosted: March 7th, 2018, 7:04 am 
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I've owned a couple of 17' OT Trippers in my lifetime and most of them measured out at about 17'6'' so it must be a 17'. You can expect the weight to be around 75 lbs as is or heavier if knee pads and other accessories have been added.

Great expedition boat. Maybe the best ever.

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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
PostPosted: March 7th, 2018, 5:31 pm 
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I had a look at that Old Town listings, $1000 with paddles and a spray deck sounds very reasonable if it's in the condition claimed by the owner.

You probably don't need the motor mount but you might be able to sell that part off (or keep it around for later if you trade that boat for two smaller tandems).

I agree with GG, it's probably a 17' (officially).

Tough boats but heavy, probably a bit more than the 75lbs GG mentioned.

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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
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Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
PostPosted: March 8th, 2018, 3:16 pm 
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Maybe the best tripping boat ever, as long as you don't have to carry it. Buy it, use it and sell it in a few years for what you paid for it. Beauty of a well bought used canoe.


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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
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If it's not the tripper 17 as mentioned, could it be the OT voyager, that one was 18'.
You kids are 4&6 and you think you will only need a family canoe for a couple years? Mine are 9&11 and while they contribute to paddling, I am not comfortable having them as bow paddlers on Trips yet.

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 Post subject: Re: OT Tripper 18'?
PostPosted: May 24th, 2018, 4:52 pm 
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Almost forgot.... BUY THAT CANOE!

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