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I bought this canoe used -- a…

Submitted by: blindeman on 9/11/2020
I bought this canoe used -- a 2003 model -- for $200 from a friend to use as a back-up to my Merrimack -- and for guests to use. It literally sat outside, upside down for 17 years. After scrubbing it down and slapping some Protectant 303 on her, she looks good as new. I just might end up using this beast myself more than the Merrimack. It's a tank. It's big. And Polylink 3 is indestructible. I once had a Discovery 169 flip off my car and drag along the road doing 50 mph until I could pull over. Hardly a scratch. You can't kill these things. My Allagash has dark stained wood and brown webbed seats for a unique look. It also has a tan interior hull, which goes well with the green outer hull. It's a fly-lookin' river mule. Hard to find, but go getcha one.

This is a big old plastic…

Submitted by: tom.feck on 8/11/2016
This is a big old plastic tub. It is essentially bulletproof. I've ground it into the gravel, dropped it on my driveway, used it hard for 10 years. It is extremely seaworthy. I don't know if it is possible to capsize it. It can haul all the gear that you can fit into it. It is not fast or light.

I've owned this canoe for…

Submitted by: tom.feck on 9/3/2014
I've owned this canoe for over 10 years. It has proven to be very stable and durable. It can carry an enormous amount of gear. I like that I can paddle solo by sitting in the bow seat and facing the stern. The canoe is balanced perfectly when I do that.

I have owned an Old Town…

Submitted by: paddler233081 on 4/26/2009
I have owned an Old Town Allagash for four years now. A very smart looking canoe. Unfortunately, with absolutely no rocker whatsoever, this canoe wants to track a straight line and does not like to maneuver. Makes for difficult solo paddling, especially in wind. It's a bit sluggish on long trips, and quite heavy to portage (though durable). Good primary stability, but poor secondary stability. Perhaps a good canoe for a family or people who have trouble keeping a canoe going in a straight line.

I have owned 5 canoes now and…

Submitted by: paddler232426 on 1/16/2008
I have owned 5 canoes now and out of all of them, it is the best overall.
It has good speed, is very stable, and I have hit many rocks without any damage. By far the best canoe for its price.

Haven't owned a canoe before…

Submitted by: paddler232198 on 7/20/2007
Haven't owned a canoe before the Allagash 164, but spent many a summer out on a lake in BC canoeing with a close friend when I was a kid. So buying one now, some 25 years later was well, tough! But I settled on the Allagash and am very happy. My son and I took it out on Potholes Lake for several miles and it really performed very nicely! The wind didn't bother us too much unless trying to sit still (then we just drifted away) and the wake of speed boats didn't matter either.

On smaller lakes it's a dream and we were finding our selves dumping it in every little pond we could find to do a little fishing :)

Medium lakes with lots of wind weren't much of a problem either and going solo in this canoe just seems 'right'. I'd like to get another actually, but I see they may not make this model anymore.


I think the Allagash 164 is…

Submitted by: asljpl on 8/26/2005
I think the Allagash 164 is the perfect family canoe it moves through the water with such grace. This canoe is very easy to paddle. It felt a little tippy when I took it out for my first time but I got used to it.

We put the Polylink 3 to the…

Submitted by: paddler231112 on 6/5/2005
We put the Polylink 3 to the test this weekend when we returned from canoeing and were unloading the canoe from atop our SUV. While the Allagash is only 75 lbs., it still is hard for me, a 5'5" female to lift it overhead. Unfortunately, while unloading, it slipped out of my hand and I dropped my end of the canoe from about 5 feet smack onto a cement driveway. Horrified that I had ruined our new, not-so-cheap canoe we quickly inspected it to find a 3" heavy scuff, but thank goodness no cracks. Whew! I know I will never sail into a rock that hard while paddling on lakes (even very large ones), so I trust my "Allacrash" (dubbed for my clumsiness) to stay as strong in the water as it did on the concrete. I can imagine the damage that blow would have done to a fiberglass canoe.

We found the Allagash 164 to feel solid in the water, easy to steer, easy to track with two paddlers, and the size was perfect for two adults and two wiggly kids. My husband even gave it the tip test after the rest of us had unloaded on the shore. He went out a few feet, stood up, and rocked back and forth trying to see how far he could push it. We were amazed at the canoe's stability and resistance to tipping completely.

What a fantastic canoe! I love it!


I have owned and used my…

Submitted by: paddler230840 on 10/10/2004
I have owned and used my Allagash for just one season! However, we have been on many adventures from back country camping to some mild white water. Even in rough water, with a load (I always over pack) this boat has been incredible.

Excellent family canoe. Can…

Submitted by: paddler230704 on 7/26/2004
Excellent family canoe. Can haul a big load of people or gear. Doesn't catch the wind too badly.

I really like my Allagash. It…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/30/2003
I really like my Allagash. It does not feel tippy, and it is great for paddling solos. Good Friend and Canoe Guru D.McR... has tried mine out and pronounced it the " perfect solo canoe". This from a man with five 69's and a Penobscot in his fleet.

This boat is alright, it's a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/7/2002
This boat is alright, it's a penobscot little wider, more stable and with a tiny bit of rocker. Would do great on slow moving rivers, maybe class I or II.