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Mad River Duck Hunter Canoe: your eyes appreciated
Guys,
I am going to be retiring on July 1. We will be moving to the Raleigh NC area. One of the things I want to do is explore the many waters in NC in a 16' Mad River Duck Hunter canoe. This is the Duck Hunter version of the long-lived and very popular Mad River Explorer.

They aren't made anymore. They come up infrequently on Craigslist and other classified boards.

I would appreciate it if you would keep your eyes out for one. I would be willing to take a road trip to pick one up. If you happen to see one, email me at the address below. I frequently miss seeing messages on our board. Pic below.

By the way, next week I will be in the OBX on my third duck hunt there with friends. Will give a report.

Thank you,
Larry Eckart
RiverLarry2@sbcglobal.net


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The Explorer is my favorite Royalex canoe--maybe the best "all-around" canoe of the modern era. There are two Explorers in my fleet.

Good luck on this quest. I rarely see any Explorers come up on Craigs List or in the local paper anymore, much less a Duck Hunter.

As I recall, the only differences between a standard Explorer and the Duck Hunter were the matte olive color on the hull and a darker stain on the wood. They made for a handsome boat.

FWIW, if you are after function rather than looks, my oldest Explorer, which has been in my hands for 20 years and probably dates to the mid 80's originally, was converted to duck duty from its original bright red with rattlecan spray camo. I also replaced the original ash gunwales with plastic ones from Old Town Canoe when the wood rotted out.

It is not the handsome showpiece of the old Duck Hunter, but I got it for $200 at a yard sale when the new Duck Hunters were retailing for something like $1200. It is now very well suited for its current duty as a "stash in the woods" canoe, and it paddles and hides like a dream.

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
— Aldo Leopold
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We see them on Craig's list once and a while here in VT I will keep my eyes open
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There is one on facebook in Sweetwater, Tennessee currently but it looks a little rough around the edges.
https://www.facebook.com/...em/2006485556038790/
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Did the boat in Ohio you have listed in the picture sell already?
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I picked one up a few years back that looked to have been rotting away in someones backyard for years. I picked up some ash and got it to bend to the gunnel by putting it in a pvc pipe with a wallpaper steamer hooked up to it. They are great canoes and as Steve said your best bet might just be to get an explorer and paint it. The original ones had holes drilled into the gunnels to grass up the boat for hunting which looks pretty neat but probably isn't all that practical. There are some websites you can do a broader search of craigslists or apps where you can setup alerts when one pops up.
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RL,
Yes it sold. That is an old listing.
Larry
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Kris Winiarski wrote:
I picked one up a few years back that looked to have been rotting away in someones backyard for years. I picked up some ash and got it to bend to the gunnel by putting it in a pvc pipe with a wallpaper steamer hooked up to it. They are great canoes and as Steve said your best bet might just be to get an explorer and paint it. The original ones had holes drilled into the gunnels to grass up the boat for hunting which looks pretty neat but probably isn't all that practical. There are some websites you can do a broader search of craigslists or apps where you can setup alerts when one pops up.


Nice work and done with hand tools I see :).

Looks great, I really like the ash.
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https://duluth.craigslist.org/...r-16/6766748865.html

Mad River 16" Explorer about 3 hours north of me. $500 been on craigslist for a month

Mark
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Mark,
Thank you for the link. While I am willing to take a road trip for this canoe, driving from South Carolina to the Duluth area in the winter isn't the most practical idea!! I believe my wife would start divorce proceedings immediately.


Thanks for your support for Tom Scholberg. What a difficult time for him and his family!

Best to you and yours,
Larry
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Larry Eckart wrote:
Mark,
Thank you for the link. While I am willing to take a road trip for this canoe, driving from South Carolina to the Duluth area in the winter isn't the most practical idea!! I believe my wife would start divorce proceedings immediately.


Thanks for your support for Tom Scholberg. What a difficult time for him and his family!

Best to you and yours,
Larry


https://maine.craigslist.org/...anoe/6773216925.html
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Hunting partner found one at the land fill. Someone had drill holes in the bottom to retrieve from the lake bottom. New gunnels ,great hunting platform. I have a mad river 16 blem built in the early 80's when they were first built in Waitsfield VT. Abandoned on my canoe rack,Grey floor,olive green . Fast boat.
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John,
If you look close, that's a Mad RiverTahoe, close but not the same boat.

Thanks for your effort,
Larry
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John Kirk wrote:
Larry Eckart wrote:
Mark,
Thank you for the link. While I am willing to take a road trip for this canoe, driving from South Carolina to the Duluth area in the winter isn't the most practical idea!! I believe my wife would start divorce proceedings immediately.


Thanks for your support for Tom Scholberg. What a difficult time for him and his family!

Best to you and yours,
Larry


https://maine.craigslist.org/...anoe/6773216925.html


John, are you trying to tempt me? Price is a little high fort my Yankee skin flint heritage, but it's been listed a while and the seller might come down.

Larry, if you want someone to check that one out, I'd be willing, and I promise not to outbid you. Another boat at my house means D-I-V-O-R-C-E, but I could get away with storing one for you until you could come get it.

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
— Aldo Leopold
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https://detroit.craigslist.org/...iver/6791614279.html

They?ve been for sale for a while

Tony
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She would never do that to you Jeff.... "storing it".....w00t


Jeff Reardon wrote:
John Kirk wrote:
Larry Eckart wrote:
Mark,
Thank you for the link. While I am willing to take a road trip for this canoe, driving from South Carolina to the Duluth area in the winter isn't the most practical idea!! I believe my wife would start divorce proceedings immediately.


Thanks for your support for Tom Scholberg. What a difficult time for him and his family!

Best to you and yours,
Larry



https://maine.craigslist.org/...anoe/6773216925.html



John, are you trying to tempt me? Price is a little high fort my Yankee skin flint heritage, but it's been listed a while and the seller might come down.

Larry, if you want someone to check that one out, I'd be willing, and I promise not to outbid you. Another boat at my house means D-I-V-O-R-C-E, but I could get away with storing one for you until you could come get it.

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Jeff,
Thanks for the offer. I'll wait and see if one comes up in my region. A road trip to northern Minnesota while also moving this coming summer from SC to NC would get me booted out of the house.

:)

Larry
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I spent last summer looking for a Royalex boat. In my case I was open to a Mad RIver or Old Towne. It seems Royalex is no longer being made anymore and a good Royalex canoe is scarce and the prices are high. I have had a few but my last one was torn in half by a falling pine tree.

I find there is about a 25 -30 year shelf life on these boats unless they have been stored out of the sunshine. After that long the Royalex often tears instead of dents and I do a lot of white water paddling so I needed one that was still "bouncy" . I settled on a 17" 4" green Old Towne that was an older boat but it had been kept underneath a house in the crawl space. I have seen some deals but I would not necessarily balk at one in the $500 range as they are worth that for a good one. Remember they are not making anymore.