17' 9" Freedom

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17' 9" Freedom

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archive: Freedom 18'4

Post by Joan and Ted » Wed Aug 18, 2004 3:02 pm

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Posted by: patrickdoty
Posted on: Thu May 20, 2004 4:12 pm

I finished my Freedom 17'9 finnally!!!! It was a labor of love let me tell you....but now that i am going to be guiding canoe trips for ymca camp menogyn, I thought i should finish her up. Check out my website and also the camps website....they actually build some of thier own strippers now to use on trips.

http://www.campicaghowan.org/menogyn.asp
http://studentweb.uwstout.edu/dotyp/scootywhoopin.htm

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nearing the end

Post by ruso » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:02 pm

I glass this weekend finally (after almost a year of my canoe sitting idle). Although I've heard of people building canoes out of butternut I haven't seen a photo of one yet. Just for sanity sake I laminated a test piece last night and it seemed to go ok. I'll post pics when it gets finished (hopefully sometime in July). Anyway, I'll be praying to the canoe gods that everything goes ok with glassing...more later!

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Update

Post by ruso » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:40 pm

Put a pre-coat on Saturday. Had a friend come over Sunday (he built the Indienne) so it was nice to have someone with experience helping with the glassing. I ended up having quite a few pinhole bubbles which I lightly sanded out. I added another football layer because I went with light glass on Larry's (from Raka) recommendation. I'll do a fill coat tonight and hopefully then it's onto the inside. BTW, the butternut turned out to be pretty dark after the epoxy and I'm liking the look of it.

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Post by Big Woody » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:52 pm

Can we see a photo. I've never seen a canoe made of butternut before.

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check out the blog

Post by ruso » Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:06 pm

Big Woody...per your request I have created a blog. I'll eventually get most of the 100 photos I've taken to document the process posted and I'll keep documenting as I go along.

http://butternutcanoe.blogspot.com/

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Post by Big Woody » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:24 pm

Thanks for the link. It looks nice.

What was the cost and availability of butternut compared to cedar? I think I'm slightly allergic to cedar dust, so I may have to try to avoid using any if I make another canoe.

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Post by ruso » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:44 pm

I just happened to come by the butternut ($2/BF) from a company that trying to dump it and I was using it for other woodworking projects when it occured to me that it's an viable alternative to cedar. It's a dying species because of a disease or worms (can't remember) so I can't really attest to it's availability in mass, but I know places like woodcraft sell it for a reasonable price. It's awesome to work with it has a really warm look to it, but all the pieces are 10' or less so keep that in mind. Also because of the worms it had a lot of holes in it so if you're looking for a canoe with character you might consider it.

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Post by ruso » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:48 pm

Sorry, no pics on the blogspot, but I have been slowly sanding smooth the epoxy. I should finish in the next few days and then I'll post some updates. It's a long row to hoe.

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Post by Ben » Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:51 pm

Here are a few pictures of my Freedom 17-9. It is a combination of WRC and EWC, and I am planning on all cherry for the trim. I am currently about 1/4 of the way through the football, but it is closing up fast.


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Post by Ben » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:01 am

Here is my Freedom 17-9 getting ready for fiberglass. The picture is from yesterday. The shop is now cleaned up, the floor is covered with cardboard, and the hull is ready to go. I am going to do the fiberglassing solo with US Composites glass and epoxy.

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Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:16 am

Looks Awesome! Best of luck!
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Post by mtpocket » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:35 pm

:applause Very nice :applause

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Post by Ben » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:35 pm

I put the first two coats of epoxy on last night and this morning. I have never read how long it takes to actually APPLY the first coat, either on this forum or in any of my books. I probably shouldn't have started at 9:30 last night. :shocked I figured it would take me about 2 hours, but it was more like 4. Here it is with the first 2 coats on, and 3 layers of glass on the bow and stern.

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Post by David_L » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:34 pm

Looks fantastic. Did you start the center of your first strip at the sheer line and then parralled the the water line?

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