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  1. Holmes375

    Question: Wheels on the strongback

    I have to build a new strongback for this next project and I'd like to add wheels to this one. I've previously used mechanical creepers to move projects around - integral wheels would be better. Since retired I no longer have a big shop to work in and would like to move the build outside my...
  2. Holmes375

    Query: Lengthening a design and its effect on rocker

    How is the designed degree of rocker affected when lengthening the design by moving the stations farther apart (equal distance), and lengthening the stem mold by the same amount? What if you move all the stations farther apart by a small amount and leave the stem forms as originally designed...
  3. Holmes375

    Where is spring??

    Three days of non-stop cold rain and now, of course, its starting to snow. Forecast calling for snow over the next 24 hours. My local river has been choked back to 500 cfs to facilitate a bridge repair project. Don't think I can even float my OT Pack in that kind of dribble. Drilled a...
  4. Holmes375

    Submitted for your approval....

    NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (UPI) -- A Massachusetts police department has a message for citizens: "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised." The North Adams Police Department said in a Facebook post the incident "really did happen" Monday and the hatchet man...
  5. Holmes375

    An interesting "favourite accessory" article

    Came across this article during a search and found it rather interesting. Favourite bits of gear discussions are always fun. http://www.justgetout.net/Wenatchee/post/Best-Canoeing-Accessories---Part-1
  6. Holmes375

    Day paddle at the lake...

    Alcova reservoir is a small body 30 minutes from my home. Its where I do my exercise paddling and stock my freezer with trout. This is the first time I've ever seen the small reservoir completely ice-free in March. The ice fishing season ended as quickly as turning off a light switch. The...
  7. Holmes375

    Stem-less building questions

    Greetings, I'm thinking of trying my hand at a stem-less build for my next canoe. I've heard it referred to as the Minnesota Method. I've always built with inner & outer stems but this will be a light duty flat water recreational cruiser and I'd like to save a bit of weight here and there. I...
  8. Holmes375

    Northwest Canoe Cottage?

    Howdy all, Thinking I'd like to build a cedar strip version of a Pal-style boat to replace my Rx Nova Craft Pal. The Nova Craft is a super day paddler for me and my pooch, sometimes with a friend's dog along, too. I've enjoyed the boat more than I really expected to and I believe I'd really...
  9. Holmes375

    Its Magic

    Got a call Friday morning from my dealer in Colorado sayin' he'd be coming through Wyoming that evening with my boat. Very cool - Friday happened to be my birthday. Picked her up about 7:00 PM, daylight was all but gone. Drove straight from our meeting place to my local pond. I was gonna get...
  10. Holmes375

    Grey Owl Fleetwood - first impressions...

    Recently took delivery of one of these nice Grey Owl paddles and had the chance to spend a few hours with it today. I'm not qualified to do an actual review nor do I have enough time with it yet thus will offer my first impressions of the paddle. I'm an intermediate skill level solo paddler. I...
  11. Holmes375

    Hung seat vs sliding bucket in a Magic?

    Howdy all, Thinking seriously about a new canoe, leaning toward a Magic. The boat I'm looking at doesn't have the seat installed and the shop will do the standard Bell hung seat or they'll put in a Wenonah sliding bucket. I kneel more than I sit generally but I have been paddling from a...
  12. Holmes375

    Committing to the single blade

    Just returned from a lovely week paddling the canyons of the Flaming Gorge reservoir area. Took both a Wenonah Wilderness and a WS Zephyr kayak. Weather was spotty, intermittent thunderstorms with scatterred periods of beautiful sunny autumn skies. And hardly a soul there to disturb my...
  13. Holmes375

    Hmmm... shorter might just be the ticket

    I'm 6'-2", ape length arms and paddle from the knees mostly, sit when I need a stretch. I'm a single sider even when sitting and paddle a Wenonah Wilderness thus have the boat heeled only slightly. I use a 58" paddle with 20" blades, mostly Bending Branches. Always followed the Cliff Jacobson...
  14. Holmes375

    FS: Wenonah Wilderness

    Up for sale is a Wenonah Wilderness in the Flex-Core Tuf-Weave construction. It weighs 43 lbs and is in excellent condition having seen only light use. Purchased new last year. Pictures can be seen here: http://holmes.zenfolio.com/p702453279 Selling price is $1350. Located in Wyoming...
  15. Holmes375

    Confessions of a recalcitrant...

    I've been paddling for 40 years now, grew up with canoes, touring kayaks have been the norm for the last ten years with canoes for fishing and photography. Always preferred canoes but the efficacy of a good sea kayak on large windy lakes could not be argued. Started back to the canoes as...
  16. Holmes375

    Any Nova Craft Pal paddlers here?

    I'm thinking of picking up one of the tandems in RX for recreational use. Sometimes I'll have a bow paddler but she's a novice and prefers riding to paddling :) Also will occasionally haul a couple mutts, 1-40# and 1-50#. Won't be doin' any rough stuff with this crew, mostly lake cruisin' and...
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