Since I planned to use this canoe on extended wilderness trips, I knew I was going to want a yoke. I have other old town canoes which hold 2 people , so a canoe built for 1 is always good for the 3rd man out. I have found that this is a very stable boat, especially with the currently installed seat. $729.99. Old Town Guide/Discovery 119 versus Pack 12 Blog › Forums › Fly Fishing › Old Town Guide/Discovery 119 versus Pack 12 This topic has 2 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated Apr 15, … I’ve done several long paddles (in my old Discovery 119) that required overnight gear to be brought along and it handled great with the extra weight. After a little research online it sounded like people with similar issues like I was having bought longer paddles which fixed their problem. Like the others in the series, this solo canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. Now I have my new OTC Discovery/Guide that I will never let go even if it does not get used. Most people probably buy this canoe with the intent of unloading it at a boat landing or perhaps within a few yards of a body of water. Due to the fact you have a Minnesota II, you obviously understand and appreciate good tandem tripping canoes. I really just want to re arrange the seating area and am worried how low or high to set the new bench with a seat on it. Required fields are marked *. Other's reviews helped me decide to give the 119 a try and I'm sure glad that I did. Not a big deal on hot summer days, but very annoying on cool spring or fall days. Another easy fix. If you go the Discovery 119 route, get the plain jane Disco 119, and NOT the "Sportsman" package with the molded seat. The local Sporting Goods store has one for sale for a bit cheaper than the Creek Boats M80. I really do enjoy my Old Town Guide 119. Grab and Go. Old Town Guide 119 #1562081. Discover new territory with the compact and fun Old Town Discovery 119 solo canoe. The closest comparisons come to Old Town’s own NEXT hybrid and the Sportsman’s grandfather, the Discovery 119. It's camo with a seat back mounted low. I know it’s a solo, but have you tried taking along another person? My Story: A number of years back, I purchased a blemished Old Town Canoe Discovery 119k from a local canoe and … I ordered a new cane seat from Harmony and replaced the angler seat. While the canoe only weighs around 48 pounds, it didn’t come with a portaging yoke, nor does Old Town Canoes sell one for it. I had several kayaks at the time and they quickly started to accumulate dust from disuse after this purchase. To be honest I am glad I did. Tackle and cup holders – I installed a Seachoice Cockpit Organizer and Cruisin’ Caddy to provide a bit of close to hand storage and a place to hold the beer. Woo Hoo… SOLD! I walked in and there was a sign on the boat I wanted that said it was on sale for $350. I plan to purchase one from a Dick’s Store here in NJ soon but wondered what you thought about the seat since that is the only concern I have seen in other reviews. Compare Compare Now. Last August in 2018 I broke down and bought an Old Town Guide 119. That’s it! Finally took the seat out and figured I would just sit on a cushion.” I’ve added several including one to hold the paddle on the front thwart and another that keeps the seat closed when on the roof rack. However I have drooled for years over the … Old Town is proud to unveil its innovative new solo canoe, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman.Combining the best of both worlds, this hybrid canoe, packed with fishing-specific features, … Agile, stable and easy to handle, it's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle. That afternoon I drove over to Dick’s with the money from the kayak sale and a ScoreCard rewards voucher for $50. Nice boat,  I have tried every Dicks in my area (within 100 miles), and can not find one. So I called Johnson Outdoors (OTC’s parent company) and started asking questions. Thanks so much for your great review of the Old Town 119. I’m picking up the OT Pack on Monday and definitely plan to play. I would not take it out. I thought to myself that it was a Discovery 119 despite the fact that it was in camouflage colors, had a molded plastic seat, and said Guide 119 on the side. I have a 119 … You may have to register before you … Compare Compare Now. They can usually be found at ACE Hardware. Old Town Guide 160 Canoes. I wouldn’t want to carry this canoe, or any canoe for that matter, over a couple hundred yards or more of land between lakes without a yoke. At 43 pounds, the Guide 119 was by far the main reason for purchase. It took about eight minutes to add the spacers. Not the canoe’s fault, but I kept getting lots of paddle drips on me and inside the canoe when using a double bladed kayak paddle. The problem many people have is they try to place the yoke in a position that will evenly balance the canoe when using the yoke. I place the yoke just slightly in front of where the seat is. Old Town’s new Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman is a canoe and kayak hybrid; picture a small canoe paddled with a kayak paddle. It’s a great solo craft and suitable for a wide variety of uses. An easy fix which only cost me about $3 at the hardware store. Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman hybrid canoe is a stable, lightweight boat that is easy to handle on and off the water. It's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle. Your email address will not be published. I use it when doing long paddles or when marking fishing spots. Your head and the seat will come into contact and make portaging in that position horribly uncomfortable. Mine has been down multiple rivers including the New River. Video! Yes, before I go on my next major wilderness cane trip in my Old Town Guide 119, I will be purchasing a new life jacket to increase my paddling comfort. I have a attached a piece of 1/2″ minicell foam as a seat cushion with Panel Fasterners. I saw it at Dick’s and kind of liked the seat with the backrest. It doesn’t matter if you have the Guide 119 or the Discovery 119, the position where you place your quick-detach adjustable yoke is tricky. I have had my Discovery 119 for about two months, that is, I have paddled it 6 or 7 times, about two to four hours each time, in a lake. The lightweight, nimble Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman delivers big performance for both anglers and hunters. Ive owned several two man canoes,jon boats and a kayak. However I have drooled for years over the Penobscott 17 and I think I will invest in one come Spring. See the image below:  You can see that the lower back area is mesh, and does not have any flotation bulk… this jacket is designed to be worn for kayaking comfort or with seats that have lower back rests. Couldn’t find it on the site. “The … However, with the arrival of my first child, the boat became neglected to the point that I felt I would rather someone else use it than it not get used at all. I have the OT Guide 119 which is made for Dicks Sporting Goods by Old Town. I recently purchased a Old Town Guide 119 canoe from Dick's Sporting of Erie,Penn. That is where I made my mistake. This is my favorite small boat yet!! Also put a storage bag that mounts to the bottom of seat and hangs down bellow it. Your email address will not be published. With a length of line looped through them and a carabiner attached in the middle to run the anchor line through I can adjust the anchor position so the boat sits in the current as desired. However, I am also going to use my Old Town Guide 119 on canoe trips into the wilderness, like the BWCA and Quetico, and that means portaging. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-and-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. In the winter you can get in and out with big mudd\mulk boots on which you cant in a kayak. That will eliminate the need to switch handedness with a single blade. It’s out there somewhere, and if I ever find it, rest assured the twit that swiped it will get his due. They really love Old Town Guide 119's in the Mid Alantic and the South. I enjoy both but prefer the Discovery 119… No more drips! The canoe on the shelf at Dick’s was indeed a Discovery that was molded in the Guide Series Camo exclusively for Dick’s and was only available there. When I got home, I hopped on the web and went straight to the Dick’s site to get more info but it wasn’t there. I did find the Discovery and it was exactly the same boat as the one in the store, but the camo color was not listed as an option. Video! All that said, the 119 has a low profile for a canoe and is not greatly effected by the wind relative to other canoes that I own or have paddled over the years. Available at REI, 100% Satisfaction … Update: Any Comments On The Old Town Discovery 119? The Old Town Discovery 119, Guide 119, and Field & Stream Kay-Noe (all basically the same canoe, just sold by different vendors) are good, tough and inexpensive polyethelene solo canoes. While mostlycomfortable, I couldn’t help but feel like I was angling slightly forward when sitting. The only thing I might change is the … Perfect for rivers where you have to carry a boat in and out up muddy banks and what not.Light weight,roomy for a big cooler full of beer and camping supplies as you stated! I bought it online, you can read more about them and purchase one by clicking here. Generally stated a canoe is not as fast as a kayak but that can be somewhat offset by the use of a double bladed paddle with the 119. GPS holder – I fabricated a flip out arm that holds the handlebar mount for my Garmin Venture HC GPS. I’ve had my canoe in the water half a dozen times since buying it, twice to the Boundary Waters. It is very agile and sits high in the water which allows for getting into those places a lot of other boats just can’t reach. Old Town … I kneel in a reverse position from seated when in faster water. It's camo with a seat back mounted low. Made for those solo trips or for two paddlers, this boat includes comfortable nylon seats, vinyl gunwales and a lightweight, yet very durable, construction. The seat was not level front edge to back edge. For those who want to get out on the water but don’t necessarily want to load and haul a trailer, the Discovery 119 from Old Town Canoe is the perfect companion. Video! I have to say that I actually love the seat and the backrest now but it took me a while to get used to it being there. With a few personal updates it has become more versatile for my needs, and much more comfortable to use. Thanks! When I got home I simply adding the spacers and replaced using longer bolts, one to each side of the seat’s rear mounting bracket. shipping charge. Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman hybrid canoe is a stable, lightweight boat that is easy to handle on and … I have the OT Guide 119 which is made for Dicks Sporting Goods by Old Town. Combining the … With the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. He was in possession of it for a year or two when it was stolen from his backyard. Part of the agreement between OTC and Dick’s prevents it from being listed on either website so it is only available in the actual stores. It paddles with little effort and tracks well for an experienced paddler. Old Town Discovery 119 Trust me when I say I’m confused about a canoe. Seat Pad – My seat pad is a simple piece of 1/2″ minicell foam from the local paddle shop that I cut into the shape and fastened with panel retainers from the auto parts shop. Speed also is dependent on the paddling skill and style of the paddler. For those who want to get out on the water but don’t necessarily want to load and haul a trailer, the Discovery 119 from Old Town Canoe is the perfect companion. Handles great! I’ve rigged it the way I feel works for the way I currently fish and I take it out regularly. I've had my 119 for about 2 months now and love the boat. Handles great! I have a few more major outings I plan on using it on this year, along with smaller day trips in mind. Compact and fun to paddle, the Discovery 119 has been a long time favourite. I want to post about my boat so that other people see positive reviews. 2. I had been looking pretty hard at a few different solo canoes from various manufactures, but on a gut hunch I went with the Guide 119. I even tried replacing it with a recreational kayak of similar length but it just wasn’t the same. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. Old Town Next vs Discovery 119 If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Dick's Sporting Goods sells it as either the Guide 119 or Field and Stream Kay-noe. I also made a kneeling thwart that I mounted about 4 inches toward the center of the front thwart. While the canoe only weighs around 48 pounds, it didn’t come with a portaging yoke, … So I talked the wife into holding a yard sale that Saturday and I listed the kayak as an item that would be available during the sale in the ad on Craigslist. Old Town Guide/Discovery 119 versus Pack 12 Blog › Forums › Fly Fishing › Old Town Guide/Discovery 119 versus Pack 12 This topic has 2 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated Apr 15, 2014 at 9:34 am by Zach Matthews . That’s right, not all life-jackets are created equal. While. Before you go check out the Old Town Canoe website and come back to me saying there is no such boat, let me clarify a little bit. It’s even well-suited for a double-bladed … Great one boat no doubt!! https://paddling.com/gear/old-town-canoe-kayak-guide-119-canoe Slid right out. Did this little trick work? In the end I decided to sell all my kayaks. I eventually met my future wife and after we got married, the Discovery 119k got used a bit less than I would have liked. I now use a double blade paddle almost exclusively even though I've always been a traditional canoeist in the past; it's just more efficient with this boat. Like the others in the series, this solo canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. It’s a great little canoe and was a fraction of the cost of those other canoes. It has to do with the canoe width, the physicality of the paddler, and the paddle being used. $999.99. Thanks for your review. Doing so dropped the back of the seat down half an inch and made the front and back level. This causes more weight to be towards the aft end of the canoe, which will raise the front end of the canoe up when using the yoke. $669.99. The paddle I am using with my old Town Guide 119 is the Bending Branches Glass Slice Solo 280cm. This improved the comfort of the seat and eliminated the sliding problem, which was minimal for me. Most any experienced canoeist will know from looking at the Old Town Guide 119 or its counterpart the Discovery model 119, that it is short and has a moderate rocker. One last tip on sitting comfortably in the seat. Guide 119 I’m assuming you’re talking about the Guide 119, which is available in some of the big box stores like Dick’s, and not the Discovery 119. Easy to carry and efficient to paddle, the Discovery 119 … I moved the seat forward about 4 inches and a bit lower to improve stability. Modifications: I mentioned above that I had made several modifications to my Guide. And thanks to our construction process, it's tough without being too heavy. I totally agree with you there on the rod thing. So yeah, I went and bought a 280cm paddle, just 11.8 inches longer than the 250cm paddle… and it made a HUGE difference. I bought it to throw in back of my truck and fish ponds. A single seater, the Discovery 119 combines the small size, agility, and ease of use of a kayak with the full functionality of a canoe. So I went online and found a company (Essex Industries) that makes a detachable yoke that is universal for many canoes. Because of the position of the seats in these canoes the yoke would be best placed almost across where the seats are mounted. I went to the local hardware store and purchased a couple half-inch nylon spacers and longer bolts. 1. I can carry this canoe for hundreds of rods if I have to without little effort, thanks to that quick detach yoke. Thanks for the dear post. For example, the Discovery 119 canoe by Old Town has an MSRP of $699.99, and is a lightweight canoe, that is also marketed as being a great choice for a double-bladed paddle. Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Fish. Yes, it most certainly did. Hunt. It's funny to see what people from other parts of the country think is a great way to rig their canoes. Agile, stable and easy to handle, it's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. I’ll be going solo about 90% of the time and need something light weight, but I’d like to be able to take my wife (she’s about 100 lbs)and grandkids along for short rides on occasion. I bought it to throw in back of my truck and fish ponds. I am thinking about buying a guide 119 and was wondering if it was fast to keep up with kayaks and if it gets blown around by the wind. The Guide 119 is a custom version of the Discovery 119 that is made, in the camouflage color pattern available in the Guide series, exclusively for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Discover new territory with the compact and fun Old Town Discovery 119 solo canoe. One day I was in Dick’s Sporting Good’s when I looked up and saw a little Old Town Canoe sitting on the top of the camping accessories shelf. 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