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    Turkey Tail - Middle/Lower Jo-Mary - Pemadumcook - Twin Lakes Loop

    Nice trip report. Thanks for sharing.
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    The Millinocket Carry, Northern Maine

    Your trips never fail to amaze me. This is an extraordinary trip testing both physical and mental strength. I applaud both of your efforts and successes with this trip. The mapping and trip reporting (both interactive and your posted trip report) were enjoyable. Honestly I think I started...
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    Sometimes I just want to paddle an OT Tripper

    Ironandwood, I also just viewed your PM and responded. Just like lowangle I do not have access to the Tripper, but will gladly take measurements when I return from vacation. With my OT Tripper experiences and recognition of the factory seat locations, modifying the seat locations would...
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    The most you've ever paid for a canoe (buy or build)

    Without a question the most I will have paid on a canoe is the Chestnut Chum restoration currently in progress. I paid $600 for the canoe and I figure when the canoe is completely finished I will be in the ball park of approx $1,200.
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    Devices to Track Daily Paddler Progress in the Wilderness

    I also only pay for the actual months I will be using the device and suspend the plan for the months that I am not using it. The annual fee still applies for the SOS service if I am not mistaken.
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    Devices to Track Daily Paddler Progress in the Wilderness

    I am using the Garmin Inreach explorer which has tracking, GPS, SOS, mapping and text communication. I set up my trip routes on mapshare (on the computer) and sync the Garmin Inreach Explorer with my iPhone with the Earthmate app. My wife actually insisted that I buy a communication device...
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    Show us pictures of your canoe vehicle with boat(s)

    Wabnaki cedar strip on the new adventure wagon. 2021 Ford Ranger at put in on SyslaDobsis Lake last October.
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    What are you reading?

    About half way through ‘Above the Gravel Bar’ by David S. Cook.
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    Sometimes I just want to paddle an OT Tripper

    I will inherit my Dads (Pistol Pete) 17' Old Town Tripper with the white gunwales. This OT Tripper has seen the Dead, Allagash, Seboeis, St. John, Penobscot River East and West, St. Croix and Machias. The underside of the canoe definitely wears the battle scars well. The downside of a well...
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    Fears while paddling or on canoe trips

    I always expect a bear encounter so I am quite vigilant about keeping a clean camp, but honestly I think I fear Moose more than bears especially during the rut. Those "Chipmunk / Red Squirrel Bears" can make quite a bit of noise at night time. My number one fear is and always will be that my...
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    Chestnut Chum Restoration or is it a Chestnut "Doe"

    Can't hurt to learn something new. I will adventure into the weaving world when the time comes and see how I do. First I believe I need to rebuild the seats. Without taking the seats apart I believe that dry rot has taken over. I will know more when I actually do take them apart. I must...
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    Chestnut Chum Restoration or is it a Chestnut "Doe"

    I think I am done with the stern stem and inwales. I have reached a level of personal satisfaction for my skill level. I made a new deck out of some left over maple that I had kicking around. With the old deck installed there was some unfavorable pull to the port side so I relaxed the stem...
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    Chestnut Chum Restoration or is it a Chestnut "Doe"

    Robin, thanks for sharing. Your cruiser is beautiful. The color choice is remarkable also. When I make my run to Northwoods Canoe I will take a look to see what he has. I may also be slightly tempted to try and weave my own seats. Never weaved a seat before, but I might just give it a go.
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    Chestnut Chum Restoration or is it a Chestnut "Doe"

    Finished the Stern Inwale scarfing and stem repair. I think I have some fine tuning to do in regard to the tenon and inwale fitment but overall I am pleased. When the deck is reinstalled the starboard side original deck markings on the inwale are off by 1/4" and I am trying to figure this out...
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    Chestnut Chum Restoration or is it a Chestnut "Doe"

    I have decided to keep the two seats for a tandem configuration. Having taken measurements of the seating in the chum I believe that I will be fine paddling the Chum from the bow seat like I typically do with my cedar strip. I am most certain that the keel will remain off the hull. Robin do...
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