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    50 year old 13 foot w/c Chestnut on Facebook North American Canoe Trader Groups

    FYI, another unicorn sighting in the Ottawa area. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-canoe-kayak-paddle-boat/ottawa/featherwight-12-ft-chestnut-canoe/1625111795
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    Stapleless using fishing line?

    Hi Jim. Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. Not finished yet (4 more strips to close in the bottom), so can only give a partial response 1) Once done, the fish line is just cut across the whole sheer line and then pulled out strand by strand from between the strips. So no, they are...
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    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    I just did the exact same thing with strip ordering. After some cussing, I remembered that Persian rug makers deliberately weave in an error in their rugs to acknowledge that only God can be perfect. Since I will probably do a few more such goofs before I finish, I should wind up with a nice...
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    Stapleless using fishing line?

    Crickets on this one, so of course I had to give it a try. Here’s a little report out for anyone who’s interested. Now building a 15 foot Ashes Solo Trip, and had accumulated some nice WRC so looking for a stapleless build that I wIl leave clear (always painted my exterior hulls up to now)...
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    Stapleless using fishing line?

    Seen a few videos on this, and intuitively it seems it should work without needing a tonne of jigs and clamps (or at least have no more challenges than other approaches). For example: (it’s a long video, but the fishing line application starts at about the 3 minute point). Do any builders...
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    Poll: How much is your spouse or SO interested in canoeing compared to you?

    Camping very occasionally - canoeing, or anything to do with water, no way (she is a non-swimmer and is truly terrified of water deeper than 5 feet or so). Which is kind of odd, given that we were both born and raised in Newfoundland where boats are more common than bicycles.
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    First stripper build: Prospector-16 Help & comments appreciated

    I’ve always had a few knots in my canoes - they look fine to me but there are limits. The little ones in the second photo and probably the one right at the strip edge in the first photo should be ok - likely won’t lead to the strip breaking and shouldn’t be a fairing issue. The big ones on the...
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    Pack canoe redux

    Brian, they are pretty light. One pound combined for the pair. The brand is Attwood and got them on Amazon ( Attwood 11940-2 Universal Adjustable Kayak Foot Pegs/Foot Brace with Trigger Lock, Black Finish, Set of 2, 15 Inches). Because of their light weight they are not as robust as some, but I...
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    Portable/Adjustable Yoga Block Canoe Saddle

    I’ve been thinking about trying something like this for a long time, except what I had in mind was a height and fore/aft adjustable bucket type seat from carved Yoga blocks, velcro mounted to the floor. Why pay the “boat shop” premium for minicell when most Walmart or similar yoga blocks have...
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    Seeking Composite Layup Expertise

    Holy cow - an air lift rescue followed by what sounds like major surgery. That’s more backwoods adventure than I would want. Again, very sorry to hear this. Was it a fall or something like that?
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    gelcoat cleanup

    Thinking about this some more, I have to pull back a bit on the idea of varnish. It probably would help clean up light scratches quite a bit, but the idea that is would be ”easy” to remove in the future is probably overstated. You would need a good sanding to get it all off before applying...
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    gelcoat cleanup

    Agree that it would be good to verify what coating you are dealing with, and ideally use that if you want a total restoration. But it just seems like overkill to apply a full new resin coat to deal with very superficial/cosmetic scratches that are always going to come back through normal use...
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    Seeking Composite Layup Expertise

    Missed this post until now Brian. Really sorry to hear about your ankle - sounds like a nasty spill, but I hope it mends quickly. I tried to get CC to sell me some 60 inch 4 ounce s-glass in cut yards again a couple of months ago. They didn’t say “no” but did say that they had none in stock, so...
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    Tortured Ply canoe

    Thanks Jim - no regrets and i know my next shot at it will be much better.
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    Freedom 17 Build

    Thanks for this scratchypants. I have always built stemless and like it, but am thinking about trying stems for my next build so I can use a pair of those cool brass bands that I have had stashed away for a couple of years now. This technique seems a lot less intimidating than steam bending.
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    gelcoat cleanup

    If you are only concerned about the cosmetics (which is probably the case since none of the scratches look at all serious), you could just leave it since it won’t really affect the canoe. But if you really want to just clean it up I would first do a little experiment. On a small part of the...
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    Freedom 17 Build

    This looks great!!! I might have missed it but I am curious on how you did your outer stems. Are they heat bent cedar like the inner ones, protected by the brass stem band? Thanks
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    Garage floor covering

    If there is a farm or equestrian supply place nearby, call them up and see if they have horse stall mats. They are 4x6 feet, about 3/4 inch thick rubber, and around 100 pounds each. Very tough. I bought a bunch for a basement gym a few years ago and payed around $50 Canadian each (maybe $35-$40...
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    Pack canoe redux

    After finishing a tandem tripper last year I had some paint and most of a canoe’s worth of strips left over so I decided to use them up on a pack canoe build (Ashes Solo Pack, extended to 14 feet). Very straightforward, stemless design with 3/16 strips and 4 ounce s-glass. I didn’t really take...
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    Tortured Ply canoe

    I like the impaled tree idea - bow on one side and stern on the other. Or maybe just the bow in lieu of a moose head hanging in my garage.
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