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  1. PeteStaehling

    Footrest question

    It isn't exactly a canoe, but I built a 14' pirogue to fish out of. It has a wooden seat that isn't fastened down and is moveable depending on the load (cooler, dog, etc.). I'd kind of like to add a foot rest(s), but really don't want to glue/bolt in anything permanent at least to start with...
  2. PeteStaehling

    Flip Flopping

    Do you all flip flop on you plans as much as me? I am now back to a project that I was planning a few years ago, a pirogue. I went as far as buying glass and resin from Raka a couple years ago. I corresponded with my brother in Alabama who had built a few pirogues and jon boats from Uncle...
  3. PeteStaehling

    Various Canoe Related Stuff

    The better half finally decided to go out for a paddle on the local lake and it was a success. Yeah! We had a nice pleasant paddle around the lake and among the cypress trees. She has some difficulty getting in and out of the bow seat of the Wenonah Escapade, but with a good landing area it...
  4. PeteStaehling

    Wee Lassie 2 Build

    I guess I am just about ready to actually start working on my Wee Lassie 2. I don't expect to get going in earnest right away, but I purchased the templates, Mac's book, canoe bits for cove and bead, and I a couple Diablo blades are on the way. I figure I'll start prefabbing stuff in advance...
  5. PeteStaehling

    Cutting Strips

    I have been throwing everything in the thread about finding wood for strips and figured maybe I should break out some questions in either separate threads or start a build thread. For now I'll do a break out of a specific topic. I dug out my 1981 printing of "The Strippers Guide to Canoe...
  6. PeteStaehling

    Cove and bead bit(s)

    If I decide to mill my own strips and use cove and bead, I'll need the appropriate bit(s). Any recommendations on which one(s) to buy? My setup can use 1/4" or 1/2" shank, so I figure 1/2" is always better. I see that there are single bits that have both the cove and the bead cutters on one...
  7. PeteStaehling

    Suwanee

    I'd be curious to hear from others who have done the Suwanee (I did read the thread "Upper Suwannee Trip Report, Part 1"). I am wondering about possibly doing it in fall or winter. I like to avoid hot weather and bugs and generally don't mind chilly weather. Are there other caveats I should...
  8. PeteStaehling

    Strips for Pack Canoe Build in FL Panhandle

    Okay so as usual I have been flip flopping on various building project possibilities. I am thinking that a strip built pack canoe would be a nice first strip built project. I am not in a rush to get started since the Summer is the time to be indoors here in Tallahassee, but may start sooner if...
  9. PeteStaehling

    The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail

    Have any of you guys paddled on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail? I am not yet venturing far from home during this pandemic, but the trail is not all that far from home (<6 hours) so it is a reasonable range for when I start to venture further. It sounds like it just might be something...
  10. PeteStaehling

    Packing Style

    My canoe camping has all been decades ago and was all fairly heavily loaded to extremely heavily loaded depending on when or where it was. In more recent years I have started packing lighter and lighter when backpacking and bicycle touring. I guess by most standards I have become a pretty...
  11. PeteStaehling

    Possible Skin On Frame Project

    I am considering a possible summer project for next year when it is too hot to go out. Here in Tallahassee I think Summer not winter is the "off season", for me at least. I have given some thought to building a stripper, but a skin on frame boat might be fun. I am considering something maybe...
  12. PeteStaehling

    Adapting to bent shaft paddle

    I am considering giving a bent shaft a try. I have read up on sizing, technique, and all that and think I have minimal a handle on the conventional wisdom of it all. I am wondering how steep those of you who when from straight shaft only to using a bent shaft found the learning curve. In my...
  13. PeteStaehling

    New guy in Tallahassee

    I am just getting back into canoeing at age 69. To that end I purchased a Wenonah Escapade that I have been paddling solo and hope to entice my wife to paddle tandem with me. She has expressed some interest and was a good paddling partner in the distant past so I have reason to be optimistic...
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