16' 0" Prospector

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Joan and Ted
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16' 0" Prospector

Post by Joan and Ted » Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:54 am

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Marc Dupraz
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MY 16' feet prospector

Post by Marc Dupraz » Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:40 am

Hello,

With a friend of mine, we are on our way to build a 16' Prospector. Right now, we did the strongback and molds, and are about to finish the strips.

I'm living in Switzerland and I know it isn't very easy to find suppliers and products for wood canoe. My father has a sawmill and wood business and he helped us a lot to find good Western Red Cedar. If you are on the way to start a project, or whether you already strarted your project and need help, don't be afraid to contact me.

Here is my email :
emdupraz@freesurf.ch ; Marc Dupraz ; Switzerland. :)
Marc Dupraz
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First time builder

Post by davidb54321 » Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:48 pm

Hi. I recently started my first canoe project. I have thought about building a boat for years but never got around to it. I got the bug again a few months back and have been eating, drinking, and sleeping with canoe books and reading every thing I can on-line.
I recently purchased plans for a Bear Mt Prospector and have been slowly making progress. I built the strongback, and cut out the station molds. I have steamed my stems and have been working at ripping my planks. I was lucky to meet a guy near my home who had a supply of 20' redwood planks that I got at a fair price. I am getting some excellent full length strips from these that I will rout a bead and cove on when I am done ripping. I have limited space so I have to get my table saw out of the way to make room for the routing procedure. I am very enthused by all on this forum and am enjoying this project much more than I expected. The only problem is my wife says I am not doing enough of my other projects right now.

David.
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Completed Canoe

Post by Vern wilson » Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:13 pm

I have recently completed my first Prospector and already sold it. It was made from western red cedar and ash. My second one needs just fine detailing. I have found blending the inter and outer stems into the canoe to be a little tricky. Has been a lot of fun building the canoes. I'm going to post a picture of the completed canoe once I figure it out. My second canoe is made from Sitka Spruce and Dark southern red cherry. I really like the way the Prospector paddles.

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new builder

Post by cherkas@shaw.ca » Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:56 pm

Well I just finished clothing the outside of hull. My wife agreed to help but no yelling.Went great. My wife mixed resin and I put it on. When ready to squeegie. My wife applied resin and I squeegied. Went well. Kinda tricky getting the loose material used up but turned out good.
Good luck to all and keep in touch.

Murray Cherkas
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Prospector finished!

Post by davidb54321 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:22 pm

Last night I finished my canoe by installing the seats. I had been waiting for the varnish to cure before handling it too much. I am quite pleased at how the canoe turned out, with just a few wavy areas on the inside. I will post some recent photos soon.

I wish to thank all the members of this forum for the help and guidance throughout this building experience. Being a member of this forum has been, and is a privilege. Thank you.
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Post by Arctic » Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:24 pm

:applause

Congratulations David, you must feel great about your accomplishment. Post some pics when you get a chance and let us know how the maiden voyage goes when the weather is better.

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Post by davidb54321 » Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:26 pm

Mark,

Thanks for the kind words. I have posted some new pics of the finished canoe. It is still in my cellar at the moment. When it stops raining I will take it outside.
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John Caldeira
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John's Prospector

Post by John Caldeira » Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:43 am

I am building a 16 foot Prospector canoe. Please allow me to share a few photos of the construction process on my web page:

http://www.outdoorplace.org/paddling/Pr ... ector1.htm

John


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Post by mtpocket » Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:00 am

:applause Another Caldeira Masterpiece :applause

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Post by reinbilt » Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:54 am

John,
Love your accent strips!!!! Was that all constructed in place on the molds???? Really great looking canoe.

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Feature Stripe

Post by John Caldeira » Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:24 am

Thanks for the kind words.

The features stripe was layed up in halves before putting it on the forms. It was made a s single board that was then sliced into 1/4" thick strips. See my Prospector web page (link above).

John

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CD

Post by CD » Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:28 am

What type of woods are the accent strip made up of ? The colors seem to go well with the WRC. I am looking for color combinations for my up and coming project.

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Wood

Post by John Caldeira » Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:55 pm

The dark wood on the feature stripe in my Prospector is western red cedar. The light color is basswood.

John

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Post by Glen Smith » Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:17 pm

John, the accent stripe looks so good I might copy it on my next canoe project, if you don't mind.

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