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Scoobs
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12/02/2021 07:18AM  
After a three month wait, I was able to pick up my Swift Prospector 14 Pack at the "Baga" in Madison. Also had a Yakima roof rack installed, and brought the boat home. While the wait wasn't entirely unexpected, I still feel like the term "Finally" applies. LOL

Boat loaded in Madison


Boat in my driveway


Boat sitting on the green water of our yard...


I really like these universal mounts


I probably sat in this boat for a good 10 minutes in my front yard. LOL ...Then picked it up, and portrayed it around my yard, up and down our hill the couple of times to get a feel for it's weight and balance. For a 31 lbs boat, it's much lighter and easier to pick up than I expected.

I don't have a yolk yet. It carries nicely on my right shoulder my hand supporting the inside wall, and I can place the folded pack-seat on my upper back, behind my neck, and comfortably carry the boat. Not idea, but would be rather easy for long portage down a two-track. Though the front of the boat tips way up, so any branches hanging lower than 8 ft would certainly be a problem.

Two of the big reasons I picked this boat - the comfy seat and the universal mount package. They don't disappoint. At all. I love that adjustable lumbar/back support cushion more than I thought I would.

I can't wait to get this thing in the water. It figures the cold weather in SE Wisconsin has come earlier than last year, with the ponds and small lakes hardening up... at least growing their first layers of ice. BOOOOO!

We're planning a trip to a cottage on a little lake in Tennessee in March, so I won't necessarily have to wait until April to get this out chasing the fishies... Heading to Loon Lake Lodge on the Gunflint Trail with the family in June.

Lots of 2022 trips planned throughout the spring, summer and fall to Central and Northern WI. ....Ugh! The wait is already killing me.
 
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MidwestFirecraft
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12/02/2021 10:53AM  
Stunning boat! Would trade my Swift pack for the prospector in a heart beat. It is going to be a winter filled with dreams of small rivers and wind swept lakes. Congratulations!!!
 
portagedog09
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12/02/2021 04:44PM  
Scoobs - any chance you're in the Franklin area? That neighborhood in your pics looks very familiar. Would have emailed you, but don't see a mail link on your profile.

Awesome boat, BTW.

pd
 
dschult2
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12/02/2021 04:56PM  
Congrats. You'll love that boat. Swift's are worth the wait and every penny. I have the same one with the same layup. In hindsight I wish I would have got the black decals like you did. They look sweet. Love the black skid plates as well. Even color matching straps.
 
Scoobs
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12/02/2021 06:01PM  
portagedog09: "Scoobs - any chance you're in the Franklin area? That neighborhood in your pics looks very familiar. Would have emailed you, but don't see a mail link on your profile.

Awesome boat, BTW.

pd"


Why yes. Yes I am. Added my website to my extended profile - you can reach me through there or send me a PM.
 
Scoobs
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12/02/2021 06:06PM  
dschult2: "Congrats. You'll love that boat. Swift's are worth the wait and every penny. I have the same one with the same layup. In hindsight I wish I would have got the black decals like you did. They look sweet. Love the black skid plates as well. Even color matching straps."

Was supposed to have black gunnels. Apparently there was a some communication lost between Rutabaga and Swift when they placed/received my order. While it irked me at first, I just don't feel like waiting any longer for a boat, nor do I want to seem so petty over the gunnel colors... but I did pay a LOT of dough for it.

Once I sat in the boat in my front yard, probably a lot longer than I probably should have, I no longer cared what color the gunnels were. I just want to get this boat on the water. :)
 
quark2222
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12/02/2021 06:43PM  
Scoobs: "dschult2: "Congrats. You'll love that boat. Swift's are worth the wait and every penny. I have the same one with the same layup. In hindsight I wish I would have got the black decals like you did. They look sweet. Love the black skid plates as well. Even color matching straps."


Was supposed to have black gunnels. Apparently there was a some communication lost between Rutabaga and Swift when they placed/received my order. While it irked me at first, I just don't feel like waiting any longer for a boat, nor do I want to seem so petty over the gunnel colors... but I did pay a LOT of dough for it.


Once I sat in the boat in my front yard, probably a lot longer than I probably should have, I no longer cared what color the gunnels were. I just want to get this boat on the water. :) "


I think the gunnels looks awesome. Better than plain silver. My Wenonah has black ones, which I like, but the hull weave showing on your canoe really compliments the gunnel coloring and patterning.

Tomster
 
Tony
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12/02/2021 07:37PM  
That's a great looking boat. I've been looking at the Swift canoes for the last year or so trying to save up money to maybe get one this coming year. I really like those thwarts with the mount system in it. Is that a special order item?

Tony
 
billconner
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12/02/2021 07:44PM  
I love my Prospector 14 Pack. Came with carbon yoke which I like.
 
dschult2
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12/02/2021 09:35PM  
Tony: "That's a great looking boat. I've been looking at the Swift canoes for the last year or so trying to save up money to maybe get one this coming year. I really like those thwarts with the mount system in it. Is that a special order item?


Tony"

You can order them with the Scotty mounts added just like your would any other accessory. But to be honest they are super simple to add yourself with a rivet gun. Thats what they use at the factory. I added them myself my Prospector and then you can have them exactly where you want them.
 
Scoobs
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12/03/2021 06:58AM  
dschult2: "Tony: "That's a great looking boat. I've been looking at the Swift canoes for the last year or so trying to save up money to maybe get one this coming year. I really like those thwarts with the mount system in it. Is that a special order item?



Tony"

You can order them with the Scotty mounts added just like your would any other accessory. But to be honest they are super simple to add yourself with a rivet gun. Thats what they use at the factory. I added them myself my Prospector and then you can have them exactly where you want them."


I've heard if you have the wood thwarts, it's easy to install yourself, but them installing on the carbon thwarts can be a bit more difficult drilling through (cracking?) the carbon... I just paid Swift to do it at their shop. If they goofed, and needed to replace a mount or a thwart, they could do right then and there.

 
Scoobs
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12/03/2021 08:39AM  
Tony: "That's a great looking boat. I've been looking at the Swift canoes for the last year or so trying to save up money to maybe get one this coming year. I really like those thwarts with the mount system in it. Is that a special order item?


Tony"


Hi Tony,

I just noticed Swift bumped their prices a bit since I last ordered. Even the cherry yolk was bumped $50 USD to $200. The carbon yolk was bumped by $200 USD to $700 USD. Which pretty much cements the fact I will be buying a cherry yolk next year should I need one.

As Dan suggested above - even when I sit in the boat in the grass in the front year - it's worth every penny. LOL

 
Tony
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12/03/2021 04:26PM  
Scoobs: "Tony: "That's a great looking boat. I've been looking at the Swift canoes for the last year or so trying to save up money to maybe get one this coming year. I really like those thwarts with the mount system in it. Is that a special order item?



Tony"



Hi Tony,


I just noticed Swift bumped their prices a bit since I last ordered. Even the cherry yolk was bumped $50 USD to $200. The carbon yolk was bumped by $200 USD to $700 USD. Which pretty much cements the fact I will be buying a cherry yolk next year should I need one.


As Dan suggested above - even when I sit in the boat in the grass in the front year - it's worth every penny. LOL


"



That's a pretty hefty price increase on the carbon yolk I was actually thinking of going that route till I see the price. Thanks for all the good information
 
billconner
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12/04/2021 05:52AM  
I bought used and outfitter selling it on behalf of a customer didn't realize the yoke was carbon. When I picked it up she mentioned the price she offered it at was too low. It's a very pricey option if buying new.

Did you get the foot bar/brace? Mine came with the kayak foot braces. I don't think I would have ordered them but getting accustomed to them.
 
justpaddlin
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12/04/2021 11:15AM  
Beautiful boat Scoobs!

Don't you have any moving water (rivers) near you? I'm in SW Michigan and all of my local rivers are wide open. Gotta go load my boat now, I think I'll take my Swift solo. ;)
 
dschult2
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12/04/2021 03:07PM  




Hefty price increase indeed! I just priced my exact boat over on Swift's website and wowzer's!, I'm glad I bought my canoe when I did. It was a good 2 grand higher than just a year and a half ago. I feel bad for anyone looking to buy a Swift now.
 
Scoobs
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12/05/2021 10:41AM  
justpaddlin: "Beautiful boat Scoobs!


Don't you have any moving water (rivers) near you? I'm in SW Michigan and all of my local rivers are wide open. Gotta go load my boat now, I think I'll take my Swift solo. ;)"


We have some moving water around here - but most of the tributaries are filled with fishing boats going for big steelhead and big brownies...

 
Scoobs
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12/05/2021 10:49AM  
dschult2: "
Hefty price increase indeed! I just priced my exact boat over on Swift's website and wowzer's!, I'm glad I bought my canoe when I did. It was a good 2 grand higher than just a year and a half ago. I feel bad for anyone looking to buy a Swift now."


My boat has already been bumped by $300. Without the Yoke. Glad I ordered it last August - though I wish I had ordered the boat 18 months ago... LOL

Knowing I was going to prefer sitting lower in the boat anyway, I went with the Pack Boat, rather than getting regular Prospector 14 with multi-height seat pods — which I highly considered when I first started my research. But as I built the boat on their website, the price was reaching well into $5,000 territory. Going with the Pro14Pack saved me a HUGE chunk of change. And that seat. It's just....so.....awesome. :)

Kinda wish Northstar made a competitive boat with the Prospector 14: A 13-ft, 6-in to a 14-ft boat around 32-in wide, with .75" to 1.25" rocker bow and stern. Doesn't need to be symmetrical hull like the Pro14Pack - Kinda thinking the Phoenix or Trillium Pack would be a good starting point. Had NS offered this boat around the price of the Phoenix, $2,700-$3,200 - I'd have bought it in a heartbeat.
 
portagedog09
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12/06/2021 04:39PM  
Scoobs, sent you a note the other day via your website. 'Least I think it went.

pd
 
beanpole
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12/06/2021 05:44PM  
If you're so inclined to drive to Portage, there's Columbia Lake next to the power plant that is about 70 degrees even in the deep of winter. You wouldn't have to wait until spring to get the boat wet. We've paddled there just this past winter and the winter before. Helps with the withdrawals.

Beautiful boat. I'm part owner of a used (floor model) 16 foot Swift Keewaydin. After that purchase, I had to get a 12.6 pack boat. And yes. I sat in my backyard longer than I probably should have.

 
Scoobs
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12/07/2021 07:08AM  
portagedog09: "Scoobs, sent you a note the other day via your website. 'Least I think it went.
pd"


Just got it... Thanks. Sent a reply. :)


Beanpole - I didn't think you could paddle that....um.... lake? At all. Thanks for the tip.

Sitting in one's yard in one's new boat, must be an innate ritualistic manner to break in a canoe. A good way to get a nice light coating of coal dust. LOL
 
Copperdog
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12/11/2021 12:58PM  
I have a couple “full size” Prospectors and a black gold Rockstar. That sir is a beautiful Swift canoe you have. Enjoy!
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/11/2021 02:41PM  
Very nice.
 
Scoobs
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12/14/2021 04:13PM  
Have had a bum wheel the past several days, some kind of tendonitis acting up in my Achilles - make it difficult to walk, much less carry a boat.

So when I was feeling quasi better yesterday, though still a bit hobbled, and it was reasonably decent out, I carried the boat out of the garage, and rigged it up to see how my fishing gear fit - and more importantly, how I fit with all of my fishing gear. Also wanted know if I could store everything I wanted within in decent reach. ...once I sat in the boat, I was really itching to get on the water...

There's plenty of space in the back for a two small packs, or a big heft pack. And really, could stuff a decent sized pack in the front.

This boat is a piece of cake to lift and carry at just a fuzz under 32#'s. I can't imagine what it would be like packing a 22-25 pound canoe. I can only imagine it would be extremely delightful.







 
12/14/2021 08:58PM  
Scoobs: "I can't imagine what it would be like packing a 22-25 pound canoe. I can only imagine it would be extremely delightful. "

It really is.

That said, your boat is some serious sexy. Well done!
 
Voyager
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12/15/2021 09:31AM  
Yikes! I just built 1 on their " build a canoe site", $6500, and I didn't get all the options. That's obscene! If you don't single portage, you'll need to trip with a pitbull to prevent someone from paddling off with it. Purtee!
 
Scoobs
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12/15/2021 11:01AM  
Voyager: "Yikes! I just built 1 on their " build a canoe site", $6500, and I didn't get all the options. That's obscene! If you don't single portage, you'll need to trip with a pitbull to prevent someone from paddling off with it. Purtee!"

Yeah! Their prices have gone up a bit. What boat and options were you building?

One of the boats I built was an Prospector 14 (non-pack)...

Pro14 - Kevlar Fusion layup
Carbon Innegra H-weave (which I ordered on mine)
Carbon Tech package (Carbon thwarts, handles, and seat)
Multi-height seat pods
Matching skid plates
Kayak foot brace
Universal mount package
carbon yolk
Total = $6,700 USD.

The boat I ordered
Pro14Pack
Carbon Innega H-weave
Carbon thwarts and handles
matching skid plates
universal mount package
$4,195 - (now the same boat is $4,295)

I mentioned this before - but I'd love David Yost and Ted Bell to produce a similar boat for Northstar - not necessarily in a Prospector design/shape - but something at 14' long and 30-32" wide, 1" rocker on bow and stern, 12 - 12.5" center depth. Offer in both traditional and pack boat options in their Star Lite and Black Lite layups with carbon gunnels. Optimal load to 350#'s. Priced at their $2,700-$3,200 USD? Maybe start with the Trillium Pack Boat, and modify from there. ...I'd have been all over that boat...

Ted? If you're out there reading this - please make this happen. :)



 
Scoobs
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03/25/2022 10:57AM  
Finally got the Prospector 14 Pack in the water - Lake Balboa, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. I paddled the boat on beautifully calm water, and also took it out on a couple of windy days, to see how it would handle in the wind and a little chop. Paddled the boat directly into the chop, perpendicular to the waves, and with the waves. The waves weren't approaching 12" or anything, but it was enough to give me an idea of it's stability. Whether paddling, or just sitting and rolling with the waves, it felt great.

On the windy paddles, I didn't get pushed around as much as I expected - which was a delight. It was still a bear paddling directly into the wind. With the wind, was an absolute joy. LOL ...Paddling perpendicular to the wind a non-shocking chore.

My canoe weighs 31 lbs. The weight is a total non-issue - but I didn't have any long portages in hot weather. So that may change. :)

Getting in and out of the canoe in ankle deep water = effortless.

Getting into the canoe from a dock = adventure. I was rather hesitant, and dumped the boat. Lost my GoPro to the bottom the of the lake - which, after all the rain and wind, went from crystal clear to dark and murky.

So quick back story of the lake when we arrived. It was beautiful clear, and fairly shallow for our put-in at the VRBO house. We were on the far northwest side of the lake, so it was typically calm, even on a moderately windy day. ...We had torrential rains hit in the late afternoon of the second day - and you could see the lake churning up. We ended up with flood warnings, and by the times storms passed, the long 950 acre lake, had risen 1 foot. That takes a LOT of water. The water also went from super clear, to dark and murky.

So stepping off of ankle deep water was no longer an option, and the water line was perfect for dock entry. So I had to give this a try. ...with the GoPro running. My first try was an epic "roll-the-boat-over" failure. Thankfully water depth was only at 4 ft. My initial reaction when dumping the boat echoed back to Dan Schultz's YouTube Video in the BWCA with Ethan. ..."Well, that was no good".

The worst part - I lost my GoPro, in the water - it must of hit the dock, and it popped off the rail-mount. stayed in the water (it was cold), but I couldn't feel it with my feet. I tried dredging the bottom with my extended fishing net, and nothing came up but rocks.

So... I had to wait. And hope the water level would drop, and the sediment would finally settle. I jumped in the water the next day, and tried to feel around again. No luck - and now I started getting anxious, as we were leaving the next day.

The day of our departure, once the sun was high enough to shine in the water, I walked out to the dock. The water level dropped a good 6" - still not to it's original level, but it was good enough - and I saw the two little grey lock rings or my RailBlaza mounts. I hopped in, grabbed the mount, and the GoPro came with it. ...that was 1 hour before we departed for the 11 hour drive back home. So glad I found this, and was able to recover the paddling footage with our kids.

I'm glad my boat wasn't filled with my fishing gear when I dumped it. That would have sucked as well...

The day I dumped the boat, and I couldn't find the GoPro, I did give the dock entry another go, and made it fine the second time - getting out of the boat wasn't a big issue either. I guess you really need to commit to getting your butt into the boat, rather than hemming and hawing. Definitely going to need more practice this type of entry.

It pains me to think I could have started this journey 30 years ago - but I'm excited I finally decided to do this at 50+ years old. Can't wait to drive up the Gunflint Trail and get this boat in the water on a lake that doesn't look like a massive Condo-Canyon.

On another note: When I first strapped the boat on top of the car, before we drove to Arkansas, either the rain loosened the front ties, or I just didn't do a good job. I didn't feel 100% comfortable driving with the boat, so tried to keep the speed to 70mph on the interstate. ...it didn't take long, and the boat started inching backwards as we drove. After two hours of driving, I pulled over in Illinois, and retied the front. And because the boat slid back, the front - top strap had loosened considerably. The back top strap was still tight (thankfully). So I tightened the front strap again.

We drove for another hour, the boat was still sliding back - so and I pulled over, re-tied everything. Really made sure the front tie was tight, and all the straps were nice and tight. From that point on, no issues. Drove about 70 the entire way to Arkansas.

I Did a solid job of tying down the boat on the way home. I only checked the ties and straps when we stopped for gas - and didn't have to retie a thing. Drove 78-80 most of the way home - made home in 11 hours, whereas it took 13 hours to drive down (because of several stops, including a redo on the ties/straps).

The Thule Portage Canoe Rack brackets were a Godsend. I'd have been a nervous wreck without those. They kept the canoe super stable. I can't recommend them enough. ...When I first drove my new canoe home from Rutabaga, the canoe was sliding back and forth on the yakima bars - and Rutabaga tied the canoe down for me. It was a total mess.



 
FrankMCG
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04/27/2022 04:51AM  
Scoobs: "Voyager: "Yikes! I just built 1 on their " build a canoe site", $6500, and I didn't get all the options. That's obscene! If you don't single portage, you'll need to trip with a pitbull to prevent someone from paddling off with it. Purtee!"


Yeah! Their prices have gone up a bit. What boat and options were you building?


One of the boats I built was an Prospector 14 (non-pack)...


Pro14 - Kevlar Fusion layup
Carbon Innegra H-weave (which I ordered on mine)
Carbon Tech package (Carbon thwarts, handles, and seat)
Multi-height seat pods
Matching skid plates
Kayak foot brace
Universal mount package
carbon yolk
Total = $6,700 USD.


The boat I ordered
Pro14Pack
Carbon Innega H-weave
Carbon thwarts and handles
matching skid plates
universal mount package
$4,195 - (now the same boat is $4,295)


I mentioned this before - but I'd love David Yost and Ted Bell to produce a similar boat for Northstar - not necessarily in a Prospector design/shape - but something at 14' long and 30-32" wide, 1" rocker on bow and stern, 12 - 12.5" center depth. Offer in both traditional and pack boat options in their Star Lite and Black Lite layups with carbon gunnels. Optimal load to 350#'s. Priced at their $2,700-$3,200 USD? Maybe start with the Trillium Pack Boat, and modify from there. ...I'd have been all over that boat...


Ted? If you're out there reading this - please make this happen. :)



"

Hi and thank you for sharing! What huge prices at all...Can you advise a budget pick? Yakima's stuff is so expensive
All the best!
 
Kendis
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04/28/2022 07:01AM  
Scoobs: "After a three month wait, I was able to pick up my Swift Prospector 14 Pack at the "Baga" in Madison. Also had a Yakima roof rack installed, and brought the boat home. While the wait wasn't entirely unexpected, I still feel like the term "Finally" applies. LOL

Boat loaded in Madison

"


Is this a clear finish with Innegra fibers showing?

Asking because I just ordered a Nova Craft with their TuffStuff layup and a clear finish that uses Innegra and I've been wondering exactly what it will look like in person.
 
Scoobs
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04/28/2022 04:15PM  
FrankMCG: "Scoobs: "Voyager: "Yikes! I just built 1 on their " build a canoe site", $6500, and I didn't get all the options. That's obscene! If you don't single portage, you'll need to trip with a pitbull to prevent someone from paddling off with it. Purtee!"



Yeah! Their prices have gone up a bit. What boat and options were you building?



One of the boats I built was an Prospector 14 (non-pack)...



Pro14 - Kevlar Fusion layup
Carbon Innegra H-weave (which I ordered on mine)
Carbon Tech package (Carbon thwarts, handles, and seat)
Multi-height seat pods
Matching skid plates
Kayak foot brace
Universal mount package
carbon yolk
Total = $6,700 USD.



The boat I ordered
Pro14Pack
Carbon Innega H-weave
Carbon thwarts and handles
matching skid plates
universal mount package
$4,195 - (now the same boat is $4,295)



I mentioned this before - but I'd love David Yost and Ted Bell to produce a similar boat for Northstar - not necessarily in a Prospector design/shape - but something at 14' long and 30-32" wide, 1" rocker on bow and stern, 12 - 12.5" center depth. Offer in both traditional and pack boat options in their Star Lite and Black Lite layups with carbon gunnels. Optimal load to 350#'s. Priced at their $2,700-$3,200 USD? Maybe start with the Trillium Pack Boat, and modify from there. ...I'd have been all over that boat...



Ted? If you're out there reading this - please make this happen. :)




"

Hi and thank you for sharing! What huge prices at all...Can you advise a budget pick? Yakima's stuff is so expensive
All the best! "


Thule. :)

I have the Thule Portage clamps on my Yakima bars. The whole set up might be expensive, but it's rock solid. To me, that's worth the investment.
 
Scoobs
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04/28/2022 04:19PM  
Kendis: "Scoobs: "After a three month wait, I was able to pick up my Swift Prospector 14 Pack at the "Baga" in Madison. Also had a Yakima roof rack installed, and brought the boat home. While the wait wasn't entirely unexpected, I still feel like the term "Finally" applies. LOL


Boat loaded in Madison

"



Is this a clear finish with Innegra fibers showing?


Asking because I just ordered a Nova Craft with their TuffStuff layup and a clear finish that uses Innegra and I've been wondering exactly what it will look like in person."


Yes. This particular layup color uses a very thin layer of gel coat over the kevlar-innegra. So yes, the fibers of the innegra are showing. I can't really say Nova Craft's Innegra layup will have the same pattern and grey color, but it could be similar.
 
Kendis
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04/28/2022 05:28PM  
Scoobs: "Kendis: "Scoobs: "After a three month wait, I was able to pick up my Swift Prospector 14 Pack at the "Baga" in Madison. Also had a Yakima roof rack installed, and brought the boat home. While the wait wasn't entirely unexpected, I still feel like the term "Finally" applies. LOL



Boat loaded in Madison

"




Is this a clear finish with Innegra fibers showing?



Asking because I just ordered a Nova Craft with their TuffStuff layup and a clear finish that uses Innegra and I've been wondering exactly what it will look like in person."



Yes. This particular layup color uses a very thin layer of gel coat over the kevlar-innegra. So yes, the fibers of the innegra are showing. I can't really say Nova Craft's Innegra layup will have the same pattern and grey color, but it could be similar. "


She's a beauty. Happy paddling!
 
04/29/2022 05:26PM  
Scoops - Forget getting in the boat off a dock. Why would you do that. Get your feet wet and make a nice easy entry. Is this your first canoe you have owned. You’ll get used to having it on a rack and the stress will subside. That’s a lotta dough to spend for a canoe. Hope you enjoy it.
 
billconner
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04/29/2022 06:26PM  
If I had bought new, I really liked the Canada Option for finish. Canada Option
 
Kendis
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04/29/2022 06:46PM  
billconner: "If I had bought new, I really liked the Canada Option for finish. Canada Option "

I guess... if you're from Canada.

How will you feel once the rocks scrape up the flag?
 
billconner
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04/30/2022 06:01AM  
Kendis: "billconner: "If I had bought new, I really liked the Canada Option for finish. Canada Option "


I guess... if you're from Canada.


How will you feel once the rocks scrape up the flag?"


I'm not from Canada but live on border, been going there for most of my 70 years, and Canoe there. Scratches are s fact of canoeing, though my Prospector has none so far, which I credit to getting in and out in knee depth water. Mostly, it's pretty and unique, and think how easily a rescue could identify it?
 
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05/01/2022 10:40AM  
scat: "Scoops - Forget getting in the boat off a dock. Why would you do that. Get your feet wet and make a nice easy entry. Is this your first canoe you have owned. You’ll get used to having it on a rack and the stress will subside. That’s a lotta dough to spend for a canoe. Hope you enjoy it."

The previous two days, the water was shallow enough where I could step in from the water, or even off a big rock that was peaking through the surface of the water. Had absolutely zero issues. Easy peasy.

After a big rain storm, the lake rose 12 - 18" inches (no joke - never seen anything like this). The top edge of the Canoe was now inline with the top of the dock, so I wanted to give it a try.

I'm 53. This could be the first and last canoe I buy, so might as well get what I want straight away, rather than work my way up the ladder. And yes. I love this boat.

billconner: "If I had bought new, I really liked the Canada Option for finish. Canada Option "

Absolutely love that decal. I could have also created a custom design for the bottom. My boat was expensive enough as it were, and that would have made it too much for my blood. Plus, it would have added about 2-3 lbs to the boat.

Kendis: "billconner: "If I had bought new, I really liked the Canada Option for finish. Canada Option "


I'm not from Canada, but it's a really cool design. Being that it's a Canadian made canoe, I'd get it if I didn't mind the additional cost and added weight. To me, it would be far more odd to a Canadian design on a Northstar or Wenonah - provided you're not from Canada...
 
05/02/2022 07:41AM  
Sharp looking canoe.

I will be attempting to add the universal mounts to my carbon thwart soon and am super nervous. If I had the option to have them factory mounted I would have chosen it the same as you :)
 
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05/02/2022 11:34AM  
It's really very super simple to do it yourself. Just make sure to use 13/64 drill bit and waterproof 3/16 tri grip rivets. These are the ones I used.
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05/02/2022 05:17PM  
Thanks for the tip and the rivet info.

T
 
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06/03/2022 03:47AM  
I also can recommend Juniper Run. One of America's top 25 canoe runs. Run is a tiny, meandering stream surrounded by deep old-growth forest, with few solid locations to get out of your canoe. The seven-mile excursion begins at the springs and follows the spring flow through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness to a take-out along SR 19, far before the stream empties into the St. Johns River at Lake George. Juniper Run is popular all year. However, temperatures in the winter may be chilly, while afternoon thunderstorms may be common in the summer.
Unfortunately, canoeing and kayaking are the only legal activities along Juniper Run (what else do you need?).  If you looking for your own kayak roof rack for your car check here . The depth and breadth of the river vary widely, and it goes through several low-hanging trees in the first few miles. Because of the tiny canal and the nature of the surrounding topography, pull-off and take-out options are extremely restricted. Rafts, johnboats, inner tubes, and other inflatables are restricted in order to conserve the ecosystem, maintain public safety, and provide a more enjoyable wilderness experience.
The lush, jungle-like woodlands that surround Juniper Springs and Juniper Run, as well as the river itself, are home to fauna that is rarely seen elsewhere. The albino gray squirrels observed near the Mill House, the otters that play along the borders of the spring flow, and the American eels that migrate out to the Sargasso Sea to spawn before returning to Juniper Springs to live are among the most intriguing occupants of our natural ecosystems. The canal broadens just before the take-out point at SR 19, encompassing wetlands rich with wading birds and fauna, giving a unique viewpoint on kayaking in Florida.
 
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