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My new Coleman SCANOE sank.

My new boat sank last night! I recently purchased a 14' Coleman Scanoe and a 2.6 HP Coleman Outboard for fishing around shallow areas at port fourchon. Last night we headed to the public boat launch and headed to the camp about 2 miles away. The water was calm and the dolphins were swimming all around. We were about 1 mile into the trip approaching the bridge and I noticed my feet were getting wet then 5 seconds later I was swimming and the boat sunk. We managed to swim to shore and walk through a 1/4 mile of mangroves to the road where Harbor patrol gave us a lift back to our truck and said our boat was not blocking the way so they would help retrieve it at 6:AM. I then decided it would be gone by then as it was 1:am and drove down to the bridge to park and walk the shore to find our boat and gear. I managed to find the boat and get it to shore with most of our gear. I emptied the water, reloaded our gear and paddled it past the bridge where I could pull it from the water, loaded it in my truck and drove back to New Orleans at 3:am. Today I took the motor apart cleaned it and a few minutes later it started, WOW. I then decided to go to a boat launch near by to give it a try and it was there I learned why we sank! The rear of the boat took on water at a little above idle! The boat states a 765 lb weight limit. However, me the motor and my son total only 400 lbs and we were sure to ballance the weight evenly. I feel cheated as the manufacture stated upto a 3 hp outboard and 680 lbs of gear and people. How to make this boat and motor work without sinking?

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Look up the "Bird Of Prey Canoe Stabilizer" on YouTube. For less than $80 a guy made stabilizers for this model of canoe. I'm looking into buying one and found your post. I have read in another area that people were having issues with it taking on water in the back while using a motor. We mostlly row, so at most I was considering a small trolling motor.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013

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I have seen your youtube video and first of all the your story is told a bit different there and 2nd there is noway in hell you your son and the outboard are 400lbs. Coleman/Dicks has changed the outboard rating now to electric only, and promptly raised the price by 50 bucks, There are folks who operate these with 5&6hp with no issues just takes a little common sense!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013

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Sounds like you were going too fast for the hull form, and the waves you were generating curled over the side. This is not a weight issue but a speed and shape issue. This is not a well-designed boat. I think maybe it is designed to nest for shipping, not for efficiency on the water.

PS: How could you not see this while you were on the water? It sounds like you and your son were surprised by rising water -- but it was coming over the gunwales somewhere.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013

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