An Alaskan Prospector

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hw771230
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An Alaskan Prospector

Post by hw771230 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:33 pm

Hi All,

Just wanted to thank everyone here for all the helpful information contained in this site. I have learned a lot in the past 18 months building this Prospector Canoe.

I paddles beautifully, but need plenty of ballast to track well when solo on a windy lake.

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Re: An Alaskan Prospector

Post by Jim Dodd » Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:03 pm

Nice work Caleb, and welcome to the club. It's no small feat to build a cedar strip canoe !
Give yourself a pat on the back !

Jim
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

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Re: An Alaskan Prospector

Post by Morecowbell » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:15 am

Caleb -

Beautiful canoe! Looks like a graphite finish on the bottom? If so, interested to know how that has worked for you. Also looks like no decks - were you going for weight savings?

Great job,

Clay

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Re: An Alaskan Prospector

Post by hw771230 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:39 am

Thanks Jim. Means a lot coming from someone with your experience.

Clay, Yes, that is a graphite bottom. The recipe is straight from CanoeCraft. It was very easy to do. I taped following the strips instead of marking the 4" waterline. We have shallow gravelly bottoms where I plan to use this boat, so I wanted the protection. So far so good. You almost have to try to scratch it. I put on two thin coats so far, and plan a third this winter, but I wanted to use the boat this year.

The canoe has no decks. I put small replaceable skid plates on top of the stems. These should take most of the stem abuse, and be easy to cut off and replace. I also like the look with no decks, and besides it drains completely with the bevelled gunwales (no need to worry about trapped water when upside down).

If it looks odd to some in the car top pic it is because I changed some of the lines a bit.

Thanks again,

Caleb

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Re: An Alaskan Prospector

Post by Morecowbell » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:29 am

Great to hear re the graphite - I plan to use mine in the Boundary Waters which is very rocky. We just got back and put a few scratches on a Kevlar canoe, so good to know! And great thought re the decks - hadn't thought of drainage, I was thinking of weight savings. Beautiful work.

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Re: An Alaskan Prospector

Post by Morecowbell » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:34 am

Also like the idea of skid plates - was actually thinking of this due to flipping the canoe and resting it on the rocky terrain in the BWCA, definitely an area of the canoe that will take some abuse if not protected.

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