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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 11:39 am 
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I noticed this last year at this time when searching Craigslist for a used Grumman square stern. Maybe it is a phenomenon local to the mid-Atlantic region, but come Labor Day weekend there are suddenly a dozen Grumman 17’s, mostly double enders, in good condition for $200 +/-.

I could speculate on the reasons why, but if anyone is looking for a reasonably priced Grumman as a no-maintenance cottage boat or motor craft this be the time.


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PostPosted: September 8th, 2016, 11:18 pm 
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I have also noticed this lately on Kijiji. Maybe not quite that cheap but cheap nonetheless. They really are great canoes, not sure why they get the boot on the cheap.

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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 6:49 am 
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Probably coz they last forever... I remember buying a Toyota Corolla maybe 20 years ago, and the salesman said "You'll get tired of this car before it wears out..." , and I did...;) ;)

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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 11:05 am 
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Orr_Brothers_CK wrote:
They really are great canoes, not sure why they get the boot on the cheap.


sk8r wrote:
Probably coz they last forever


Yup, unless you wrap a Grumman or punch a hole in it there isn’t much to decay or degrade.

I think the Labor Day abundance is end-of-summer timing. Another summer gone by without the old Grumman moving from the yard; time to wash off the leaf litter and sell that thing.

I do see Grummans and other aluminum canoes more occasionally throughout the year, but never in the $200 range. Checking the 100 mile driving radius Craigslist there were suddenly 4 or 5 non-beaters in that price range.

Square stern Grummans (and etc) are more rare. I’m still ISO a 20 foot square stern for motor use.


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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 12:07 pm 
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They sell for $700-800 up here in Manitoba all summer long. Which likely explains why Paddle Manitoba had several stolen a few years back. We have to keep our canoes somewhere less obvious now but it has made running our regular paddle outings a pain in the butt as we have to bring the canoes along from storage each time.

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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 12:37 pm 
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Grumman used prices are all over. Someone wants over a grand for a used square stern in New Hampshire

Otherwise 300-450. Not that many either.


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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 12:48 pm 
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Someone in my neighbourhood had well used a 15 ft on the front lawn for "practically any offer" a few weeks ago. I really couldn't justify adding it to the fleet even for $100-200.

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PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 1:26 pm 
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You could have an entire fleet of used Grummans for the cost of a new boat!


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PostPosted: September 29th, 2016, 5:00 pm 
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Orr_Brothers_CK wrote:
You could have an entire fleet of used Grummans for the cost of a new boat!


:D After carrying one for a few hindered meters, you'll feel like you carried a fleet.


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PostPosted: October 1st, 2016, 2:50 pm 
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Orr_Brothers_CK wrote:
You could have an entire fleet of used Grummans for the cost of a new boat!


Even buying a new Grumman. That raises a good question.

A new Grumman 17 is over $1000 retail. Who is buying a new Grumman when barely blemished cottage tincans are available for short change?

Hoisted on their own un-killable petard.


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PostPosted: October 6th, 2016, 9:24 am 
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Realstone wrote:

:D After carrying one for a few hindered meters, you'll feel like you carried a fleet.


The camp I work at has 2 types of canoes: 17' Grummans and 16' & 17' Nova Craft Prospectors in SP3. The 17' Nova Craft literally weighs in at 100lbs....I'd choose the Grumman any day!


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2016, 4:31 pm 
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Orr_Brothers_CK wrote:
I have also noticed this lately on Kijiji. Maybe not quite that cheap but cheap nonetheless. They really are great canoes, not sure why they get the boot on the cheap.

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Same. Noticed this on various classified sites actually. Makes me think if it's even real or not.


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