Question about Coleman Scanoe Canoe
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?
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
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
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.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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