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    Paddle mod / make it my own

    Progress… it’s really starting to look like the paddle I want! That belt is dangerous, made a small error that sanded right out but took the shoulder flare area down faster than I wanted. I have some blending and thinning to do there anyway so it probably doesn’t matter, but… it was scary! I...
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    Paddle mod / make it my own

    So I have 3 Aviron Clement paddles. They have huge blades, and well, I don’t enjoy using them. They might be worth something, but getting them sold and shipped is a nuisance. I’d really like a Grey Owl Fleetwood or similar, so… I’m gonna make one. Or similar. The subject paddle is a 58” with an...
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    Fears while paddling or on canoe trips

    As they say, experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
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    Finally: Civilization Comes to Camp

    I think life survived because of the lack of Twitter and the like….
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    Lights for Tripping

    My headlamp (Princeton Tec) and 2-cell handhelds (Surefire) both run on CR123 primary lithiums. I also have a little Streamlight that runs on a single AAA. My Garmin GPS uses AA. Alkalines are the enemy; they just leak and kill things. I’d be willing to use rechargeables but so many electronic...
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    Mad River canoes no longer being produced

    Did some conglomerate buy the rights? Were there other uses for royalex? I’m wondering if the paddling world was merely a casualty of buying a competing technology to shut down competition. I despise big conglomerates run by fund managers.
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    Fame awaits your Mohawk canoe

    That Odyssey has kind of a tug boat aesthetic. Looks tough.
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    Mad River canoes no longer being produced

    Thanks goodness Ted Bell resumed building boats. Bell Canoes was also a victim of corporate greed. Mortgage to the hilt, take the cash, sell it off, ring the death knell. It’s criminal. Eta: link to more discussion on the demise of MR-...
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    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    I’d not heard of Al Bratton, had to look him up. http://woodstrip.wcha.org/
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    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Still worth it for a Bruce Smith IMO.
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    Boat Design Stage to become a build

    Always interesting for me to read about folks’ “winter projects”. For me in Florida, winter is paddlin, camping, cookout, outside time etc. time. All the stuff y’all do in summer. Summer down here is awful, definitely not time to build a canoe in the garage. If it weren’t for air conditioning...
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    Article: How to Size a Canoe Paddle

    Beat me to it Glenn, I came here to post that!
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    What was the worst canoe you ever owned or paddled?

    I hate it when that happens 🤣
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    The answer to up creek no paddle

    Cue Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon… “I’m getting too old for this” shhhhhtuff.
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    Electrical device you are most likely and least likely to eliminate

    I didn’t think to include a watch; though I only own 1 electronic watch, a solar/atomic G-Shock. Everything else is automatic.