After an exhaustive search, my husband's "canoe envelope" has finally been emptied. He's saved for months. He's endured more just-missed-it classified ad calls than I can count. I finally pushed him to Bass Pro last weekend with instructions "Buy whatever you want. There's obviously a hot resale market for canoes here. Just make sure you get it before the baby comes."
To his dismay, Bass Pro had sold out of every single model. How's that for timing?
He rushed out the door at 6 am, certain to be the first shopper at the only yard sale that vaguely advertised canoe. The seller scratched his head and said, "$350?" My husband offered $200, hoping to meet in the middle. After conferring with his wife, the seller agreed to take his first offer! He even included the foam mounting blocks ($30 at Bass Pro) and four paddles.
I am so glad the saga is over.