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  1. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    if that is a staple less build and it looks like it. I can't tell from the photos, but if you aren't using "Jimmy Clamps" you really should think about doing some up ... they make stripping life so much easier.
  2. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    I am with SG, a few knots add a little flare to the landscape, stabilize then with epoxy and they are solid. Brian
  3. Cruiser

    Algonquin Park - Fassett Lake Loop

    Also, the falls are a really nice shower .... if haven't gone on down, you really need to next time.
  4. Cruiser

    Algonquin Park - Fassett Lake Loop

    Thanks for posting the trip, very entertaining and North Tea and Manitou are favourites of mine. When you mentioned the 2 portages from Manitou to North Tea, taking the longer one with the falls was the smart choice. The other one is much steeper and a lot of sloping flat stones, I would say...
  5. Cruiser

    Pack canoe redux

    Thanks, assembling ideas to lighten the next boat, hopefully get it done this winter. I think those may save 1/2 pound. Brian
  6. Cruiser

    Pack canoe redux

    Nice job .... those foot pegs look light, where are they from? Brian
  7. Cruiser

    Aging Adjustments

    I picked up a PLB 4 years ago, when my son and I went to Quetico. It is a bit more isolated and rough than the normal fare of Algonquin and it was decided that a PLB might be a good idea. The trip was without incident, but the unit is quite compact and has lived in the main gear bag ever since...
  8. Cruiser

    What went wrong?

    Ahhh ..... I can't argue with that, they do melt fast
  9. Cruiser

    What went wrong?

    there is nothing inherently wrong using plastic cups ... any epoxy left sitting in a mixing cup will kick faster than if it is spread out. The bigger the batch, the faster it heats and kicks. Fancy container or cheap container, the epoxy is going to kickoff .... the more epoxy you have, the...
  10. Cruiser

    What went wrong?

    Once you add the hardener, the resin and hardener combine and produce heat as part of the epoxy formation process. The larger the volume, the larger the amount of heat generated and the longer the path to radiate that heat. As the temp of the solution/cup goes up so does the reaction rate ...
  11. Cruiser

    Freedom 17 Build

    Nice job SPs ...the window picture, all I could think of was "PUSH" I have used East Systems for all my builds so far and many other projects and it has been a solid performer. Brian
  12. Cruiser

    Seeking Composite Layup Expertise

    Just a stupid slip going round a rocky mud pit (edit: it was also pouring rain, with falling temps) ..... lol, fortunately the canoe wasn't damaged. The guys I was with were pretty awesome, decided we needed to get to a campsite, so they got me into my canoe, over a few beaver dams and into a...
  13. Cruiser

    No advice is better than bad advice

    What i find annoying is when ppl who obviously don't know, post a response with far more certainty than the advice merits. Also, those folks that post, seemingly, just to post "Never done that, good luck", "I haven't tried this, but yo could ......"
  14. Cruiser

    Seeking Composite Layup Expertise

    Scouten is good, I have visited and bought there, but I found a guy near Killaloe (Round Lake) that is better wood and a better price. I just hope he still has the wood when i can drive. Surgery on the ankle went well, sporting internal hardware now, incisions are healing very well, I am...
  15. Cruiser

    Seeking Composite Layup Expertise

    Got the same story from CC as you did Tony. However, I did have some 4 oz S glass shipped from Sweets to a friend in Buffalo. Just met up for a trip into Algonquin and he brought it along, so I now have 20 yards of 60" 4 oz S glass for my next build. My wood guy has some canoe grade northern...
  16. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    I posted a couple pics of shaped paint scrapers to the inside scraping, in my last build thread .... for the inside, they really are an easier way to make relatively short work of the job. One extra step I did this last time, is to use a long board or equivalent to level the hull, an ROS will...
  17. Cruiser

    Buying a canoe, dream come true .. BUT .. need suggestions (size, material etc)

    Sage advice Mike .... I would also add that with that honest assessment, as to what will be the main use, try and determine some specific values for those "needs". Turn that "so need something that can hold gear" into a real weight, that with the occupants weights, tell you what load range...
  18. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    It's a journey, not a destination, take time to enjoy the process
  19. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    Jim ... I know you swear by the practice of putting the strip between the fence and bit to create a uniform width and you likely have had no issues ... however, putting the work piece between the bit and fence seems to be condemned, as an unsafe method on most forums. I am curious as to what...
  20. Cruiser

    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    Welcome to the site and we are all excited at a new build thread. When you are figuring out the issue with your middle 4 forms (3 - 6) just remember, this is just the first of many things you will make decisions about as you proceed. All the decisions you make will feed into the next set of...
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