I picked up an Old Town Saranc 146XT canoe recently. My main concern is being able to load/unload/paddle this canoe by myself. It weights 80lbs which isn't ridiculously heavy and I can pick it up myself but it's pretty unweildy. It always wants to tip or flip over and there's no real good place to grab it since it has those big molded seats and bench seat in the middle. As far as paddling I was thinking I could either sit in the middle seat and paddle with a long kayak paddle or put some weight up front and paddle at the stern. You can't paddle it backwards since it has built in seatbacks.
I also need either a roof rack or foam blocks to be able to transport it. I need a way of loading and unloading it solo and safely getting it from one place to another. The roof rack seems like the best idea but costs a lot. It seems like it would be easier to load it by myself with a roof rack than the blocks though.They sell those Sportrack racks made by Thule for about $200 which is cheap for a rack but I don't want to spend that or any more than that if I don't have to.
I'm already regretting this purchase a little. I bought it on a whim because it was brand new and over 75% off. It was obviously a steal but I think I would have been better off getting a smaller, lighter canoe or maybe something entirely different. I thought foam blocks would work but it seems hard to load with those with just one person since you can't really slide it around and you have to load it from the side which is kind of awkward. I don't want to dump a bunch of money into it because I might not end up using it a lot. Any ideas?