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bridge4life
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10/05/2019 10:16PM
New Trip Report posted by bridge4life

Trip Name: Cedar Strip and Dog's First BWCA Trip.

Entry Point: 62

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pswith5
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10/06/2019 08:22AM
Nice report. I love that entry point. After taking "a little time off" I hope to get a dog to trip with. We've always had dogs, but with 5 kids also they were never disciplined enough for tripping. Yours looks Like a nice boy. I also paddle a stripper so I know the feeling as you bounce on the rocks. He boat makes me look good. Even though I didn't build it. Hope you have many more journeys. Pete
Podunk
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10/06/2019 09:06AM
Curious about your canoe. I have a Prospector Ranger 15' that I built, Bear Mountain Boats design. Simply terrible in the wind, especially solo. Too much rocker, even trimmed it weather vanes, even in current. More suited to streams and small rivers. I know what you mean about the rocks and such, just makes you cringe at first. But they all but indestructible and are easily repaired. Took me about 2 yrs to finish (unheated garage). Still love mine though. yours looks good. Love your dog too, I've got a shepherd but she won't go anywhere near getting in the canoe.
bridge4life
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10/06/2019 03:42PM
I seem to manage in the winds with my Ranger (which too is a Bear Mountain design) but it is pretty hard to paddle when it is too light in weight. Even with weight, it can be a pain at time to get enough forward momentum into a strong headwind. I have to owe it to the bent shaft paddle I have. BIG difference that a traditional guide paddle. I too had an unheated garage to work with when building mine. Maybe someday I will get one with heat!
Jaywalker
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10/06/2019 04:03PM
Canoe and dog both look magnificent! Thanks for sharing!
KarlBAndersen1
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10/06/2019 05:33PM
70 pounds?
My 16' Merlin only weighed 51 and I thought I had done something wrong. I was shooting for under 45.
Regardless - the view from that canoe is so appealing. There are few things that offer that satisfaction when you know every single inch of the canoe intimately.
Totally sweet.
Podunk
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10/06/2019 05:48PM
KarlBAndersen1: "70 pounds?
My 16' Merlin only weighed 51 and I thought I had done something wrong. I was shooting for under 45.
Regardless - the view from that canoe is so appealing. There are few things that offer that satisfaction when you know every single inch of the canoe intimately.
Totally sweet. "
+1
Podunk
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10/06/2019 05:49PM
Oops +1
bridge4life
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10/06/2019 06:25PM
It is in that ballpark of 70 pounds. I weighed it once and forgot the exact weight. I used 8oz. fiberglass, ash for the gunwales and yoke, and cherry for the decks and seats. All nice, heavy, hardwood additions!
KarlBAndersen1
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10/06/2019 06:56PM
bridge4life: "It is in that ballpark of 70 pounds. I weighed it once and forgot the exact weight. I used 8oz. fiberglass, ash for the gunwales and yoke, and cherry for the decks and seats. All nice, heavy, hardwood additions! "

And I used all hard maple and ash for my furniture. 6 oz glass in and out.
They are an accomplishment, regardless of their weight.
10/07/2019 02:37AM
Thank you for sharing you report. I really enjoyed the pictures, your canoe, and friend. Your canoe turned out well and your dog is beautiful. I hope you have many more adventures and share them with us.
straighthairedcurly
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10/07/2019 09:06PM
The pic of Winston snoozing with his chin on the yoke is absolutely precious!
Ajoutdoors
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10/08/2019 08:23AM
Loved the report. We saw a cedar canoe and on of my friends mentioned he wouldn't take one to the Boundary Waters for fear of scratching it. I completely disagree. You spend all that time building it, gotta use it.
Podunk
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10/08/2019 09:15AM
Agree 100% why build it if not to use. After the couple scratches you get over it.
bridge4life
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10/08/2019 09:34PM
Absolutely agree. Now I need to christen the canoe by catching a fish! Hopefully the first of many trips with Winston!
Driftless
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10/09/2019 07:33AM
Great report and beautiful canoe and dog!
 
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