we’re looking to buy our first canoe since having access to one on vacation in maine the past two years. it was probably an Old Town Discovery. we may at some point come across some small rapids, but mostly we plan to use it in lakes and calm river areas.
first off does anyone own one of these? how are they?
we like the 15’6” length. the cooler (how many cans will it hold?) and “storage compartment” (where is this and how big?) are definitely assets.
we also like the idea that it has 360degree swivel seats. we were specifically looking for that up in the front seat, and the old town canoes don’t even seem to offer these, at least in our price range. are these swivel seats pretty sturdy?
It’s not the best choice. You basically are getting what you pay for. The hull is cheap plastic that is inclined to warp. That molded center seat looks like a nice feature, but those seats are used in cheap canoes to provide rigidity to the inferior hull material. As far as 360 degree swivel seats, they are not particularly useful in a canoe. You’ll need to hang your legs over the side in order to pivot and that could upset the balance of the canoe if you don’t time things right with your partner. There is a Youtube video made by a purchaser of a new Ascend DC156 and in it he marveled at the awful workmanship in the Ascend.
If you are looking to save money you are far better off looking for a quality used canoe. You can probably get something like that OT Discovery, which is a decent canoe and far, far better than the Ascend, for less than what you would pay for the Ascend new.