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    My wife and I currently reside in North Carolina. At a very early age my parents were dragging us kids up to float the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. After 35 years, I was able to go back and float it again a few months ago. Still love that place!! After the trip to the Buffalo and a stop at Morelys Canoes in Swan Lake, MT, I decided that I wanted to build my own canoe. So I am in the planning stages of that project. During some of the research I stumbled across this page....so here I am.

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    Welcome PM
    You’ll find a wide variety of opinions and experiences here. Just pick a few builders who’s opinions line up with yours, everyone has different needs and expectations.
    So what sort of build will you do? What materials? What intended use?
    See stripperguy's photos

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      Would like to build something more for flat water and easy white water use probably around 15’. I am still unsure on wood, really like the red/dark of the cedar but this may be cost prohibitive on the east coast.

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        If all you'll do is day trip, 15 ft might be OK, but if you plan to trip, something a bit longer will fit you and your gear better. I am assuming that you're wanting a tandem boat, for you and your wife.
        A couple of the guys here have built a 17 ft Freedom (?) that sounds like a boat that could suit you.
        Maybe they'll chime in...
        See stripperguy's photos

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          #5
          Be warned,now! before you get into it! it's addictive! very addictive! There can never be only one.... 35 years of woodworking ...

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            #6
            Originally posted by DeniseO30 View Post
            Be warned,now! before you get into it! it's addictive! very addictive! There can never be only one.... 35 years of woodworking ...
            Every time I see that cedar canvas canoe, Denise, I want to try to build one.

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              They actually go together quite quick! it's the form that can take years to build and or develop! I gave my form away based on the fact we weren't going to build any more canoes

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                #8
                Originally posted by DeniseO30 View Post
                They actually go together quite quick! it's the form that can take years to build and or develop! I gave my form away based on the fact we weren't going to build any more canoes
                If I build one, I'd want to build my own mold. Is the mold basically a cedar strip canoe with metal bands over it?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by stripperguy View Post
                  If all you'll do is day trip, 15 ft might be OK, but if you plan to trip, something a bit longer will fit you and your gear better. I am assuming that you're wanting a tandem boat, for you and your wife.
                  A couple of the guys here have built a 17 ft Freedom (?) that sounds like a boat that could suit you.
                  Maybe they'll chime in...
                  X2 !

                  The Freedom is easy to build, and has a great following. I agree with Stripperguy ! 17' is a better size for a tandem !

                  Jim
                  Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by alsg View Post

                    If I build one, I'd want to build my own mold. Is the mold basically a cedar strip canoe with metal bands over it?
                    We used 3/4" pine square strips, and a 2x6 in the keel line so the ribs can be clamped down with a 2x4 and long bolts on top, (which is really the bottom) Very rigid construction. This very long clamp also is shaped with the rocker built into the form.

                    I lost a lot of photographs to Photobucket
                    Last edited by DeniseO30; 08-18-2019, 01:39 PM.

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                      #11
                      PMinNC ..... the Freedom 17 is a great tripping boat, this is a build link to mine: http://buildersforum.bearmountainboa...&t=2244#p29108

                      Brian

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                        #12
                        Unless you carry the kitchen sink, a 15' canoe makes a fine solo tripper. I have done many trips with a 15' wood canvas canoe and had no issues. Mine is just a bit over 12"s deep from floor to the top of the gunnels.
                        I did paddle Memaquays 15' stripper empty and found it to ride higher in the water than my same 15' wood canvas hull, but it seemed like a fine solo tripper to me.

                        Here's mine in a big lake crossing in norther Ontario, and it's just as much at home on a small winding creek.
                        Last edited by Robin; 08-18-2019, 04:40 PM.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Robin View Post
                          Unless you carry the kitchen sink, a 15' canoe makes a fine solo tripper. I have done many trips with a 15' wood canvas canoe and had no issues. Mine is just a bit over 12"s deep from floor to the top of the gunnels.
                          I did paddle Memaquays 15' stripper empty and found it to ride higher in the water than my same 15' wood canvas hull, but it seemed like a fine solo tripper to me.

                          Here's mine in a big windy lake crossing in norther Ontario, and it's just as much at home on a small winding creek. I know many solo trippers who use 15' open canoes.


                          picture not showing up, Robin.

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