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      Anyone make thier own solo canoe ?     

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1JimD
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04/02/2016 09:07AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
I looked through the solo pic post, and I didn't see a single homemade canoe!
Just wondering.
Pics of course please !

Jim
 
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04/02/2016 09:37AM  
Yes.



 
griz81
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04/02/2016 09:55AM  
Nice, canoe - what plans did you use?
 
04/02/2016 10:04AM  
Thanks. I started with the NW Canoe Merlin design. I increased the size by 3.8% to make it a 38 Special. I modified the bow and stern to get rid of some of the rocker, and used the Canoecraft method with the end stems rather than the NW Canoe method.
 
hobbydog
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04/02/2016 10:26AM  
Nice! How much does it weigh?
 
04/02/2016 11:00AM  
40#
 
04/02/2016 11:07AM  
1JimD......go to the main page, at the bottom click on the Special Interest groups, go to the Builders forum. Lots of boat building in there.
 
04/02/2016 11:09AM  
never mind.....I see you've already been in there.....
 
04/02/2016 12:13PM  
quote Wables: "Yes.





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Beautiful! I wish I had the skill and patience to craft something like that.
 
Alan Gage
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04/02/2016 09:17PM  
I always said my Bell Magic was the one canoe I'd never part with. Then I started designing and building my own solo canoes. I sold the Magic last year with no regrets.



What about you, Jim? Have you ever built a solo canoe? ;)

Alan
 
1JimD
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04/02/2016 10:26PM  
Yeah Guys !
Now that's what I'm talking about !!

I've built canoes for years, but always group paddled and ended up in a tandem all the time. I've done a few over night solos. But am looking for a longer solo trip.

Thanks Ben and Alan !

Jim

 
KarlBAndersen1
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04/03/2016 08:16PM  
I built one for my 61st b'day:







 
1JimD
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04/04/2016 07:27AM  
Karl that is one nice Birthday present !

What design, and length ?

Jim
 
KarlBAndersen1
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04/06/2016 07:44PM  
That is the NW canoe Merlin. 15' 11 5/8".
 
jfinn
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05/02/2016 07:04AM  
Alan,

That is a very nice looking craft. How many have you built and what is the design?


John
 
Alan Gage
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05/02/2016 08:29AM  
quote jfinn: "Alan,


That is a very nice looking craft. How many have you built and what is the design?



John"


Thanks, John. My 7th stripper is in progress now and I've built one full composite hull with another one 75% done. The designs are my own. The one pictured above was built with the intention of taking me and my dog down the full length of the Bloodvein River and then turning around to paddle back upstream to the put-in. We successfully completed the task in 30 days last summer. I was so happy with the design that I built a carbon/kevlar version over the winter and we plan to do an even longer trip this summer; downstream and back again of course.

16.5' long x 30" wide. Lots of flare above the waterline in the bow for shedding waves and to give the dog enough room in front of the pack.

Alan
 
05/14/2016 09:31AM  
Beautiful work, Alan!!
 
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