A History of David Yost's Solo Tripping Canoes by Charlie Wilson

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Good to hear because I am getting one. I paddle straight most of the time - getting from A to B, exercise, and doing some fishing.
You have nothing to worry about and could not have made a better choice.
 
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Osprey is indeed quite wind and trim sensitive relative to many other solos in my experience.

One can have many variables (including different people) included in a study and still draw conclusions. It requires measuring the variables as you perform multiple trials. A standard analysis of variance (ANOVA) tells you the Main Effects and their level of statistical significance. Even Excel offers this basic statistical analysis. It's often critical to include multiple people in studies since biases within individuals are often a dominant factor (that's why "blind" studies are often done when possible).

An ANOVA is also part of standard Gage R&R and it will reveal what type of conclusions (if any) can be drawn from measurements. Your Peregrine may have been hogged, I don't know. In the engineering world if you make one or two measurements and claim "my boat was hogged by 1/2 inch" you'd have to answer some basic questions about your measurement system with supporting data to show that you have a capable and unbiased measurement system...or you could just use more defensible words like "I think mine might have been hogged based on one measurement we did".

I think it's inappropriate for you to insinuate that Dave's boats have any issue with manufacturing variability based on one piece of anecdotal information. I've owned 4 perfect Hemlocks and I see significantly more manufacturing variability in some of the well known higher volume brands although like you I don't have nearly enough data to draw any defensible conclusions about the variability of the dimensions of hulls across manufacturers or manufacturing techniques.
Why don't you ask others particularly CEW about the variability.. It was not one piece of anecdotal information. I find your remarks inappropriate. Its fine to have a favorite line of boats. There is a LONG history of dirty laundry and I will not begin to go there. And the laundry has many owners.. Get them all together at a Symposium.. We should go back on topic because none of the current Hemlocks are David Yost designs directly. You can find David at some canoe events and also LDC too. It gets interesting conversation for sure when you have four designers/ builders on site. One of my current favorite boats is an old Curtis Nomad which no longer can be built.. the mold was destroyed. ( DY says there are better evolutions now, but to me not better enough to sink more money in)

No one.. repeat no one builds perfect boats all the time. Most of the time imperfections don't matter. I liked the layup of my Peregrine.. in a fall in Temagami I had to throw it and it went down some 20 feet onto rocks. I was very glad it was OK
 
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You have nothing to worry about and could not have made a better choice.

Thanks Mr. Gumpus, I am likewise very confident in my decision. Sounds like you have a grasp of statistical analysis of data. I looked at as many reviews as I could find and most importantly paddled the canoe. Is there any way to PM you re: some specifics about your hemlock setups - I don't want to derail this thread.
 
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Why don't you ask others particularly CEW about the variability.. It was not one piece of anecdotal information. I find your remarks inappropriate. Its fine to have a favorite line of boats. There is a LONG history of dirty laundry and I will not begin to go there. And the laundry has many owners.. Get them all together at a Symposium.. We should go back on topic because none of the current Hemlocks are David Yost designs directly. You can find David at some canoe events and also LDC too. It gets interesting conversation for sure when you have four designers/ builders on site. One of my current favorite boats is an old Curtis Nomad which no longer can be built.. the mold was destroyed. ( DY says there are better evolutions now, but to me not better enough to sink more money in)

No one.. repeat no one builds perfect boats all the time. Most of the time imperfections don't matter. I liked the layup of my Peregrine.. in a fall in Temagami I had to throw it and it went down some 20 feet onto rocks. I was very glad it was OK
Agree that no one builds perfect boats. I think I would have needed a magnifying glass to find any little flaw worth talking about on my 4 Hemlocks because I don't remember the slightest disappointment on any of them. But that's just four boats.

Please don't take it personally but I may continue to challenge you and ask for
the background info behind some statements that you make. I had a career of technical data analysis and reporting and I can be pretty direct in trying to get to the substance behind conclusions and I'm also keenly interested in the available knowledge behind canoe topics like DY boats.
 
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Thanks Mr. Gumpus, I am likewise very confident in my decision. Sounds like you have a grasp of statistical analysis of data. I looked at as many reviews as I could find and most importantly paddled the canoe. Is there any way to PM you re: some specifics about your hemlock setups - I don't want to derail this thread.
Hi kbobb. I think I just sent you a private message.
 
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kbobb fwiw, I'm not a technical paddler, mostly like that go straight guy YC referred too. I fish, hunt and camp with my Peregrine and nothing but impressed with it. Dave's hand layup looks vacuum bagged, light and tough, impeccable workmanship throughout. I bought it used from a member on this site several years ago.

found one of my posts with a few pics... https://www.canoetripping.net/threa...ave-you-been-paddling.97069/page-2#post-98901
 
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Agree that no one builds perfect boats. I think I would have needed a magnifying glass to find any little flaw worth talking about on my 4 Hemlocks because I don't remember the slightest disappointment on any of them. But that's just four boats.

Please don't take it personally but I may continue to challenge you and ask for
the background info behind some statements that you make. I had a career of technical data analysis and reporting and I can be pretty direct in trying to get to the substance behind conclusions and I'm also keenly interested in the available knowledge behind canoe topics like DY boats.
That hogging in my Peregrine was brought to my attention by Charlie Wilson who had a lenght of string he used to illustrate the gap. On my own I wouldn't have thought of it. Did it affect my paddling ?
Maybe as it tracked harder than my Heron ( see the original list) and that more than my MerlinII which I managed to break in Temagami going over what turned out to be a waterfall.
Just wasn't my kind of boat and why it got that shape I don't know
LDC said a few years ago he didnt go to vacuum infusion as his shop is rural and airy. Expense may have been a concern too.
Anyway my ex canoe and I keep in touch as its gone to Azle TX when a friend moved there
LDC builds tough canoes when I had it I fell in Chiniguichi and threw it off. down a little cliff . No harm done
 

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Very interesting history. What about the Bell/Colden Flashfire, Wildfire, and Starfire?
Especially since Charlie speced and commissioned the Fire series.

I assume he would categorize the Starfire primarily as a tandem canoe, not a solo. Maybe he thinks the Flashfire is too short at 13' to be a solo tripper for the average person. But he does have some 14' canoes like the Wildfire in the history. Of course, as he said in his post, this was just a first draft and also that he excluded out of production canoes. The Fire series canoes, unfortunately, are all out of production now.
 
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