Yopek. I have had two Coleman (15', 16') and an Old Town Penobscot 17'. It does turn quite well and should be good once I get into moving water. If I had it to do all over, I would buy it again!! I highly recommend this boat. I've used this for fishing in ponds, lakes and slow rivers. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. It can be paddled with a kayak paddle if you need to be a bit quicker. enjoying it. I took the damn seat out and put in a low beach chair and ureka! It is very light and has good car topping ability. Like most people here I had issues with the seat; not horrible, but not comfortable and too high. I expect it to work great for that too. Lift on and off a car by myself, and also a boat that could handle a decent amount of weight. This canoe is a great alternative to a kayak and with the upgrades I still have less in it than the Discovery 119. The reason is because of the seat. There are so many bad reviews on this site, that shoul't be considered. For the price, this thing is great. I found that I need to stop and take breaks to stretch my legs more frequently than in a traditional canoe setup. A lot of early reviews say this boat was "tippy" I think that maybe the early boats had seats that were to high in the boat. Got my 119 at Dicks. If you want a traditional canoe it is not. Lastly it is lighter than any Kayak I have looked it (Sit in and SOT). Overall it's a good small and extremely cheap boat. I also got tired of taking my kevlar Swift Osprey onto slow rivers where shallow shoals abound and dragging is a must. Can I stand up and fish? He has an OT Otter (I also have one) and with the increased weight capacity, I was able to ride in places where I would normally have been walking. It was s surprise seeing an Old Town canoe at this location. Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Fish. I took it into the BWCA with some friends. We canoe our campsite in one day - it takes about seven hours with two portages. Well I also lowered seat about 5 inches, also moved it forward 6 inches. At 56 lbs., the Old Town Sportsman Discovery Solo 119 canoe is the ideal grab-and-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. It helped to stabilize the load. You’ll have a hard time leaving home without your new favorite sporting craft on top of your roof rack. It’s nice to have the kayak paddle for this, as we paddle faster. Other than the seat, I like the boat, but after completing the survey I had to ask myself WHY, after buying a brand new canoe from a supposedly experienced canoe maker, was I having to spend my time trying to make a seat that would work? I read the reviews over and over and they are accurate when it concerns the seat. It was a lucky find in that I had considered buying a solo canoe years ago but then my back started giving me problems. But the bottom line is I paid 399$ at the old town factory store. Move the seat to the back of the canoe. 2. Secure the back rest to the thwart with ropes from the bottom corners of the seatback up to the thwart so the seat back can only slide down to that point. I purchased a 119K two years ago. I found the Disco 119 to be exceptionally stable and very maneuverable: a rare combination. It can be fished out of, but takes some getting used to. My buddy I fish with can, but he stands up in a kayak. I often alternate between sitting on the seat and kneeling depending on where I'm paddling. I also made a thwart and moved the forward thwart 6 inches to the rear so my large dry bag would fit. Canoe handles beautifully after seat modifications were made. I found no need to move the seat forward, although 1-3 inches might not hurt. I have owned my 119k for about 5 years and primarily use it on fairly calm lakes and streams. Remember this is not going down class IV's. Compact and fun to paddle, the Discovery 119 has been a long time favorite. Overview At 56 lbs. I'm not a big person (5'6"; 170 lbs.) Seat bottom is about 4 inches too short, providing no leg support. Is this the most stable canoe? At all. Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-n-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. I use a canoe fold back seat for more comfort, and a 250cm lenght kayak paddle. i use it lot of the time. A great boat for the money. solved my issue. My take is, this is a great little, relativly light weight solo canoe, that I'm going to enjoy using for many years to come. And that is nothing but lies. I took the 119k for its maiden voyage while most of the water in our area was still ice-covered and, rather unexpectedly, discovered this boat has almost no secondary stability whatsoever. I swapped in a webbed seat, moved it 2 inches forward with no drop and I'm very happy with it. GREAT BUY. Two hours later, the boat and I had become one. Old Town makes great products! I stored my rod and reel behind the seat, pointed astern, while paddling, which worked fine until I carelessly allowed it to slide and project out the starboard side. Not fun. The only problem with a yak paddle is you get water in the boat. The boat is extremely manueverable and paddles very nicely with a double bladed paddle but it blows all over in more than a breeze (a double bladed paddle is almost essential in wind). If you are looking into a fun little soloing canoe to mess around in and maybe even fish out of, it is great. My brother wants to get the same canoe since he has seen mine in action. I fished out of it and you can consider doing overnight trips but keep the weight down. I have been through 8' swells from tug boats and lots of chop. Measuring 11.9 feet in length and 49 pounds in weight, it’s safe to assume that this boat won’t be that hard to carry around. Upon paddling, I was instantly impressed with the primary stability, far better than any sit-in kayak I've paddled, and I've paddled lots. I continually go with others in their kayaks down rivers. It is more maneuverable on rivers than the same yaks. It then began to pour into the boat. Just for fun I tried paddling the 119k with two big adults (about 400 lbs.- 75 lbs shy of its 475 lb rating). I'm very pleased with it. I put a web seat in w 4" dowels. Or pay full price for a factory defect. It is a great little short distance knock around and fishing platform for one person. It paddles pretty easily. I use a solo paddle and take with a kayak paddle as well, just in case we run into some gnarly winds or when we have to paddle back up river when a one way paddle isn’t feasible. Sometimes I sit, sometimes I kneel, but I've never been dumped by it. I got a great deal on it and she looks brand new. For me, the 43 lbs (actually 46.2 lbs) was a chore to get on and off the Yakima racks on my pop-up truck camper. For $399 plus a seat upgrade, I don't think you can beat this boat for solo fishing/ camping/ floating. I only paddled for an hour, and this is my first solo canoe, but it is far more stable and paddles so much better than expected, that I can't see why anyone would want a more expensive canoe. (Old Town needs to experiment with adding the pegs.) I just bought the Kay-Noe, which is actually the Old Town Discovery 119 per the owner's manual. Again everything about this canoe is fine except the seat arrangement. This canoe is tippy all the time and will wear you out just trying to keep from taking a swim. I carried a small assortment of tackle in a plastic box in one of the pockets of my fishing life vest. I bought a used one in March and love it! REVIEWS ★★★★★ ★★★★★ (7) Product Details. Buy this little boat and have some fun... change the seat though. The 119 was not my first canoe nor my first old town but it is by far the most disagreeable canoe I've ever been in. Width 32.5". I do not have any stability problems, in fact if the water is calm I stand up and adjust my clothing with no problems. I've had this boat on the Ohio river with power boats all around and never felt like I was going to tip. Tracks pretty well. Grab and Go. The Disco 119 is a nice canoe for the money, but I did remove the seat (saving weight), and bought a low sitting beach chair, complete with cup holders. Loading, unloading, and traveling is a breeze. I found it to be a joy to fish out of rather than my kayak which is just not designed for fishing at all. It can haul a lot of gear. trying not to hit or scratch anything! At 43 lbs it's light, but still 43 lbs picked up and positioned on top of a SUV is still a job, esp. Once the dealer results appear, click a dealer address below to view location on map. Initial stability is good and this promotes confident use of strokes on the onside and cross deck. The depth is listed as 19” at the bow and stern and actually measures 18”. Primary stability was also better than I'd hoped considering what I'd heard about these canoes. I find it tracks really well on flat water with a reasonable J-stroke (even better with a 5 yr.old sitting in front of me). In a calm cove, the boat was a joy to fish from, with plenty of space for tackle. I cut down a Web seat to suit on the floor and use a sit backer on top of it. I found that it turns on a dime and this was extremely beneficial when I was fishing for Walleyes. It is quite rugged, especially for a 43 lb. Due to 119's short length and seat location a kayak paddle works best. All in all, my OT 119 works great for me. Outside of a float tube this is about as easy as it gets. Available only in contiguous U.S. and Canada. Overall I think it was just too short/wide to be much fun to paddle, particularly for a shorter person. As others mentioned, I found it tippy and the first canoe that I ever tipped over in. I believe it is in the synergy of the paddler with the boat whether you like it or not. from them in the past and have had nothing but great reviews and experiences. It offers the simplicity and utility of a solo canoe with the agility and sleek … Made of the Three Layer Polyethylene that Old Town uses on several of their canoes, and it seems to be pretty tough stuff. I have not been ejected again but I would not be surprised if it happened. Ha. Very stable and easy to paddle. In summary, I think the Old Town Discovery 119 is a great little canoe. This one is a keeper for me. It handles great with that paddle. To be honest I don't see me using my larger canoe at all. I really think if you are looking for a solo canoe this is a great boat: light weight, durable, and the price is right. Overpriced But I'll get that worked out eventually. It's the third canoe to the fleet and would do it again. PROS: This is a very pretty little boat - especially for the price. Everybody agrees: The seat isn't comfortable. I just purchased my Disco 119 from Dicks Sporting good for around $350.00. Allowing these mods to be part of the design so that you could customize it to your own liking without adding holes and making other physical changes that can affect the aesthetics of this fine little canoe. Loaded the canoe on the car and headed back to the store where I purchased this and asked for a refund. Not huge differences, and will be of benefit 25 percent of the time, but if someone is looking for a small river runner could make a difference (especially when coupled with the useless keel on the boat). Like the others in the series, this solo canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. I really wanted the 119 for it's handy size any light weight but the trade-off is not fair. It has poor secondary stability. It's the plastic Old Town canoe seat that you always feel you're sliding out of...but it is very low in the canoe and really adds stability. I tried a kayak paddle on the river today and was really impressed with how quickly it will scoot up river for a canoe. Best little boat out there. I am over 300lbs and it floats me just fine. I use mine for transportation for deer hunting. Am now using a paddle now that is 250 centimetres and it is a better fit. I purchased this boat online and it shipped directly from Old Town. I have had mine for about 7 years and it has held up wonderfully. It's really tough to J stroke this canoe, and a C stroke doesn't work either. Much more comfortable with the added benefit of lightening the empty canoe a bit. It may not be as light as an Old Town Pack, but cost a lot less. I still say it's a 10 out of 10, especially for the price, although I would be curious to try the Old Town Pack to see whether there is a significant difference between the two which would justify the much higher cost of the Pack..Maybe the Pack would make me want to give up the 119! Didn't get hurt, but lost my paddle and a fishing rod. I am 66 and 260#. It's not supposed to perform like a nineteen footer. For the money you will not find a better solo canoe out there period... Today I took it to a fish pond and tried it empty, I could stand up in it, I also leaned it to the gunnels and never went over. I just laughed and took a swim. Then I made a rowing outrigger for it (I've done so on all my canoes) and discovered I had a very versatile boat. I am amazed at how many folks who apparently can't paddle or are just inexperienced complain about one of the best canoes on the water. I bought this boat after reading all the reviews. Your stroke is going to sweep the paddle past the drip ring inside the boat. PROS: Weight, maneuverability, price. I then went back and retrieved my fishing rod and began fishing. (It's about half the price!) LOVE this canoe AFTER I lowered the seat. I assumed this would be the case as I had read a review by a guy who wanted his boat for exactly the same thing as me(on the Dicks's website) but I wanted to try it as it came before I started putting extra holes in the gunwales. (5'7" 175lbs). I bought a kayak paddle, 230cm, which worked pretty good but could use maybe a 240cm or 250cm. I love this canoe because I can easily car top it, and its even easier and quicker to throw in the 5 1/2 bed of my truck and secure with 3 tie downs. All went well for a couple hours of early season fishing - too early for the fish it seemed. No but I'm not very coordinated. The seat needs to be fixed with better hardware rather than rivets for big guys, but that is a $5 fix. I use it to fish from and find it stable and nice and light for transporting. It's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle. Now if I install a yoke for the purpose of portaging, which I will frequently have to do, it will have to be removable in order to utilize the modified seat. I have 8' of support for the canoe with the tailgate down. Take it for what it is designed for, cheap fun. I've also added a 48 inch float bag in the front and 30 inch in the back (will likely go to a 48 inch in the rear next spring), just to keep the extra water that will crash over my bow out of the boat and keep it easier to handle when I take on water. I finally put this one in the water! Finally took it out yesterday for a trial run and was very impressed. This is my first solo. Some notes to think of is although the seat seems comfy it is in fact not comfy at all and a kayak paddle is almost a must for this boat. 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