Old Town’s Guide family combines stability with durability, and throws in affordability for good measure. Its cross-section and stabilizing chines are meant to secure fishing or nature-watching paddlers, while its sharp entry adds efficiency. The Guide 147 is a three-layer polyethylene canoe available in red or green. It sports polyethylene decks with grab handles, an ash carrying yoke, black vinyl gunwales, and black blow-molded seats.

A simple canoe for simple canoeing, the Guide 147 is not meant for high technical achievement. Too heavy to portage easily, it doesn’t allow for enough of a load to make long trips. Instead, it excels at taking the work out of paddling, letting its passengers enjoy the water securely without making a grand investment.


Length—17′ 4″/4.4 m

Width—38″/97 cm

Depth—13″/33 cm

Weight—74 lbs/33.5 kg

Capacity range—850 – 900 lbs/385.6 – 408.2 kg

Suggested Retail—$639

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Written by Tori "Waverider" Morris

Tori “Waverider” Morris first learned to love canoes when she was just a small child. She built her first handmade canoe at the age of 11 and continues to this day as a professional. Among some of the most interesting places she’s canoed are Brazil and Vietnam. Tori lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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