First time build for family use

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joekluthe
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First time build for family use

Post by joekluthe » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:47 pm

I'm beginning to think about building my first canoe and as everyone knows the first question is which to build?
I'm looking for a good size boat for me, my wife and 2 daughters(300-400lbs total) to row primarily on lakes and slow rolling rivers and streams. With space at a premium(I will be building this in the spare garage/workshop) I believe 17' is the longest I can go with at this time. I was thinking the Nomad 17 looked like a good design for these purposes but thought I'd throw this up to see if anyone had any suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Joe

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Re: First time build for family use

Post by Cruiser » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:04 pm

Welcome to the forum and you are quite correct, that is the first question and it can be a hard one to answer.

You likely need to take a good look at what you intend to do with the boat to be able to start evaluating the various designs.
- will you need to carry the canoe, if yes, how far? (i.e. portage vs. from a roof rack to the lake) .. so finished weight may or may not be a consideration
- will you be camping or day tripping or both, this may influence your total weight needs
- experience of the paddlers, most of the plans here will indicate stability

If you find a design you like, look in the project directory for that canoe and there will most certainly be pictures etc., so you can see what you are getting into. Also if you post that pick, and ask if anyone has built and what do they think, you are pretty assured of a few responses.

Oh ... and don't worry about smaller spaces to build in, it just requires you to be organized .... I build in a single car garage.

Brian

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Re: First time build for family use

Post by joekluthe » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:18 pm

Thanks for the tips, Brian. Very helpful.

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Re: First time build for family use

Post by joanbarrett » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:26 am

I think the Nomad is a great choice.....we use it on our annual canoe trip with Ron Frenette of Canadian Canoes and I cannot say enough good things about the design for carrying larger loads and general all around good paddling characteristics.
Check out the pictures on Ron's website at canadiancanoes.com

Good luck with your choice!
Joan

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