I realize the price tag is attractive, but I think you'd be sorely disappointed using an Old Town Guide Solo 119 as a Canoe Country solo tripper. Great one boat no doubt!! Thanks for your review. 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. Compare Compare Now. Old Town Discovery 119 Trust me when I say I’m confused about a canoe. I want to post about my boat so that other people see positive reviews. All that said, I sorely missed that little red 119k. I’ve rigged it the way I feel works for the way I currently fish and I take it out regularly. I have the OT Guide 119 which is made for Dicks Sporting Goods by Old Town. 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 extra paddle length worked. Biggest complaint for me was the seat tended to pitch/slide me out forward. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. I have the same boat. This was an easy fix. Kill on the botttom keeps boat truckin straight when wind picks up and paddles good with a double ended kayak paddle. Last Autumn did just that, and it totally sucked, not to mention gave me aches and pains. In the winter you can get in and out with big mudd\mulk boots on which you cant in a kayak. 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. I've had my 119 for about 2 months now and love the boat. They have higher beams therefore they have more sail area. I really do enjoy my Old Town Guide 119. Compact and fun to paddle, the Discovery 119 has been a long time favorite. $669.99. I’ve had my canoe in the water half a dozen times since buying it, twice to the Boundary Waters. When I was out a couple days for a paddle I had no drips inside my canoe. An easy fix which only cost me about $3 at the hardware store. To be honest I am glad I did. It has to do with the canoe width, the physicality of the paddler, and the paddle being used. Old Town’s new Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman is a canoe and kayak hybrid; picture a small canoe paddled with a kayak paddle. “The … I totally agree with you there on the rod thing. The local Sporting Goods store has one for sale for a bit cheaper than the Creek Boats M80. I am heading down to dicks in the morning. 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 also made a kneeling thwart that I mounted about 4 inches toward the center of the front thwart. Nice boat,  I have tried every Dicks in my area (within 100 miles), and can not find one. 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 have the OT Guide 119 which is made for Dicks Sporting Goods by Old Town. Bungees – As with any boat, bungees get added to fasten things down. I kneel in a reverse position from seated when in faster water. Enjoy a day on the water with the Old Town Canoe® Discovery 119. 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. Your head and the seat will come into contact and make portaging in that position horribly uncomfortable. I had several kayaks at the time and they quickly started to accumulate dust from disuse after this purchase. It's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle. 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. Old Town Guide 160 Canoes. Doing so dropped the back of the seat down half an inch and made the front and back level. Update: Any Comments On The Old Town Discovery 119? Sadly, placing the yoke over the front edge of the seat will not work. 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. Available at … I strap a 2.7hp cruise n carry on the back left side and that thing is a blast to fly around in. Thanks! 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. 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 have a few more major outings I plan on using it on this year, along with smaller day trips in mind. Your email address will not be published. My Story: A number of years back, I purchased a blemished Old Town Canoe Discovery 119k from a local canoe and kayak shop for $600. Old Town Canoes does not make a yoke specifically for the Old Town Guide 119 or the Discovery 119. Again, an easy fix. Last August in 2018 I broke down and bought an Old Town Guide 119. Hunt. After a little research online it sounded like people with similar issues like I was having bought longer paddles which fixed their problem. This is actually a common issue with people paddling solo canoes with a double bladed paddle. But, I find it takes very little effort with your hands forward on the gunnels to keep the front of the canoe from flipping up to much. Old Town Next vs Discovery 119 If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Old towne canoes rock, ive been using only them since around 1976 and the quality is awesome. The lightweight, nimble Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman delivers big performance for both anglers and hunters. Since I planned to use this canoe on extended wilderness trips, I knew I was going to want a yoke. It’s a great solo craft and suitable for a wide variety of uses. However, when you consider … Biggest … Still it was doable. Other's reviews helped me decide to give the 119 a try and I'm sure glad that I did. 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. The seat was not level front edge to back edge. Modifications: I mentioned above that I had made several modifications to my Guide. Did you have any experience like this or is this his isolated opinion? The only thing I might change is the seat, hence four stars instead of 5. Handles great! The paddler also sits higher which also increases the sail area. $599.99. Unless they changed it, the seat in that one is too far back, and not easy to move forward, while the seat in the plain Disco 119 is about where it should be. It’s even well-suited for a double-bladed … 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. Like the others in the series, this solo canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. From what I understand OT has stockpiled enough royalex to make it through 2015. Finally took the seat out and figured I would just sit on a cushion.” $999.99. That can be a little annoying as ever fifteen or twenty minutes on my last trip I was adjusting my lifejacket down on my torso to where it feels more comfortable. 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. Michael. 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. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. Easy to customized, stable on the water. 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 seat modification was a simple one. Darryl, I rarely paddle with others and my primary use is for fishing nowadays. Most standard canoe seats do not hack back support, they are usually just a bench style of seat. The paddle I am using with my old Town Guide 119 is the Bending Branches Glass Slice Solo 280cm. Compare Compare Now. Speed also is dependent on the paddling skill and style of the paddler. 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. That afternoon I drove over to Dick’s with the money from the kayak sale and a ScoreCard rewards voucher for $50. I bought it to throw in back of my truck and fish ponds. Couldn’t find it on the site. They can be … However I have drooled for years over the Penobscott 17 and I think I will invest in one come Spring. 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, … After a lot of anguish, research, reading, comparing, thinking about it and laying sleepless night after night (hah!) While the canoe only weighs around 48 pounds, it didn’t come with a portaging yoke, … There were a few little things that bugged me about it, nothing major, just minor little issues. The Discovery/ Guide 119 is a fantastic canoe. What a great boat for the $! So I went online and found a company (Essex Industries) that makes a detachable yoke that is universal for many canoes. Being the avid fly fisherman that I am, I found it to be the perfect boat for getting to the warm water fishes that hide under the overhanging brush in the ponds, lakes and rivers of central North Carolina. Read all the reviews and tried several things. Anyone here been in an Old Town Discovery/Guide 119 canoe for duck hunting? Here’s the rundown: Which is simply epic. It’s actually very comfortable. I bought it online, you can read more about them and purchase one by clicking here. 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. Added a cup holder similiar to yours and a padded seat that fits over the plastic one. 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. 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 think I've about made up my mind to pick up an Old Town Discovery 119 … That is where I made my mistake. Easy to carry and efficient to paddle, the Discovery 119 … Discover new territory with the compact and fun Old Town Discovery 119 solo canoe. Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 … I know it’s a solo, but have you tried taking along another person? So yeah, I went and bought a 280cm paddle, just 11.8 inches longer than the 250cm paddle… and it made a HUGE difference. Hi…not sure of your name my NC friend. That’s right, not all life-jackets are created equal. 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. 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. Old Town Guide 119 #1562081. It was about the double bladed paddle I was using; it was too short. I have a 119 … Discover new territory with the compact and fun Old Town Discovery 119 solo canoe. 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. Your email address will not be published. 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. The closest comparisons come to Old Town’s own NEXT hybrid and the Sportsman’s grandfather, the Discovery 119. One last tip on sitting comfortably in the seat. Compact and fun to paddle, the Discovery 119 has been a long time favourite. Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 … And thanks to our construction process, it's tough without being too heavy. 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. I moved the seat forward about 4 inches and a bit lower to improve stability. everytime we want to go canoing it is always 3 or 5 or 7 people wanting to go. So I called Johnson Outdoors (OTC’s parent company) and started asking questions. Grab and Go. No more drips! I enjoy both but prefer the Discovery 119… Now I have my new OTC Discovery/Guide that I will never let go even if it does not get used. I thought about raising it … 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. Anchor Trolley – I mounted small two deck mount pulleys to the gunnals. After making the modification I mentioned above to drop down the back edge of the seat, there is one more thing you can do to make it more comfy:  Buy the correct life-jacket! “Both Discovery 119 models are great options for sportsmen – both are light and nimble, making them easy to transport and paddle,” said Old Town marketing manager Ryan Lilly. It’s a great little canoe and was a fraction of the cost of those other canoes. A single seater, the Discovery 119 … When sitting in a kayak style seat you have a back rest and will want a life-jacket with no padding on the lower back of the jacket. I’ve had my canoe in the water half a dozen times since buying it, twice to the Boundary Waters. I bought it to throw in back of my truck and fish ponds. I have found that this is a very stable boat, especially with the currently installed seat. 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. The entire time I didn’t feel like my ass was angling forward in my Old Town Guide 119. I am 57 years old and my biggest concern was the weight of the canoe. 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. Handles great! The only thing I might change is the … 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. I ordered a new cane seat from Harmony and replaced the angler seat. Also put a storage bag that mounts to the bottom of seat and hangs down bellow it. 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. 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 . The closest comparisons come to Old Town’s own NEXT hybrid and the Sportsman’s grandfather, the Discovery 119. Old Town Saranac 146 Canoes. Required fields are marked *. 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 … In the end I decided to sell all my kayaks. Thanks so much for your great review of the Old Town 119. I can carry this canoe for hundreds of rods if I have to without little effort, thanks to that quick detach yoke. I’ve been looking for the right deal on a Gheenoe for q…, Guys, if you have any … 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. They really love Old Town Guide 119's in the Mid Alantic and the South. I saw it at Dick’s and kind of liked the seat with the backrest. I sold it to a good friend and semi-regular fishing buddy knowing that I would be able to use it when I wanted. Dicks sells either at $399.99 or Old Town … 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. This improved the comfort of the seat and eliminated the sliding problem, which was minimal for me. Video! It's camo with a seat back mounted low. I hung a dowel from webbing from this thwart which works great as a foot brace when seated and tucks over the forward thwart when kneeling. I would not recommend an additional person in this boat. Compared to other hybrids, the Sportsman excels at combining the best qualities of a canoe and kayak. Like the others in the series, this solo canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. It took about eight minutes to add the spacers. 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