- Oct 24, 2012
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I haven't fully decided what to do with the outwale extension beyond the stem band. My original thought was to cut it back to the stem band and taper the ends.... but now I'm not so sure. I may keep 'em long for a bit. Maybe even wrap them with split Spruce root like a birch bark canoe; or, cap with a copper or brass cap
I kind of like the extended look, which doesn't look as extended as originally. (Is it?) Copper caps become stained quite quickly. Not sure about brass. How about just wrapping some of the same brass stem band horizontally around the nose. More subtle than ostentatious, but also a little protective.
At the beginning of this process I anticipated making a sling style seat which could be adjusted to find that ideal seat location. I have since realized that this canoe is built too lightly to allow a sling seat which will pull the gunwales inward once weighted.
One option is to fill a strong 30 liter dry bag tightly with packing peanuts and use it as a lightweight, floatable, infinitely movable seat. A 20 liter bag is not big enough from my personal experience.
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