DIY boats

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Re: DIY boats

Postby hoz » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:53 am

The Wee Lassie is short, narrow and called a "canoe" but in it and the other Rushton models (called Pack canoes) the paddler sits on or very near the bottom, like in a kayak. They also are likely to have 9" or less free board.

The Pack canoes are almost like a hybrid between a canoe and a kayak. With the paddler sitting so low in the boat a double is the best way for propulsion. Otherwise, with a single, the gunnels will be very near your armpit.

So nice when someone agrees with you! (I've become used to some horrendous arguments over using the "evil double blade" in a canoe.)

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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:03 am

hoz wrote:So nice when someone agrees with you! (I've become used to some horrendous arguments over using the "evil double blade" in a canoe.)

there's going to be "purists" no matter where you go or what you are discussing.
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Re: DIY boats

Postby Mister Krabs » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:09 am

more plans than anyone can build in a lifetime.

free plans\ ... oat_Plans/

My favorite designers with canoes and fast and light plywood boats

And this, no canoes, not easy to build, but OMG what an eye for beautiful lines in small camp cruising boats.

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Re: DIY boats

Postby Pure Mahem » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:42 am

Thanks for the info. I wasn't asking to cause a debate though. just because I didn't know. Interesting what you find out though. :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY boats

Postby zelph » Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:47 am

Lots of good information here, thanks.

This paragraph stuck out when i was reading through the article.

After lunch we landed on Richardson Island and climbed high to the top of an ancient cobble beach. Centuries ago, after the glaciers melted, Lake Superior was much deeper than today. Its decline is recorded in the terraced beaches. We climbed eight terraces and a hundred feet up on rocks the size of bowling balls. At the top we found a group of Pukaskwa Pits. These pits, which abound in this area, are excavated depressions in the rocks made by natives centuries ago. Theories abound but no one knows for sure who actually made them, how old they are, or for what purpose, whether lodges, food storage, or spirit quests. The name, Pukaskwa, is Objibwe for "strange rock formations". Their existence testifies to the hardiness, strength and stamina of the primitive indigenous peoples.

it has been found in DNA research that the Objibwe ancestors came from Jerusalem. They came by boat via the St lawrence Seaway and worked their way into the great lakes. More than likely they were the ones that first mined the ancient copper mines of the Isle Royale and Keweenaw peninsula. These pits may have been excavations to remove large copper nuggets found exposed at the surface. Easy to identify oxidised copper by it's greenish color. When I say nuggets, I mean one that may weigh a ton or more. Ancient meaning 6,000 years ago.

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Re: DIY boats

Postby hoz » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:31 am

I once read that there was not enough copper in Europe to support the bronze age. The writer thought that copper was imported from the US. Mined by American Indians, traded to European outposts in NE Canada and shipped via their longboats back to Europe.

On our canoe trip down Manitoba's Bloodvein River we saw an ancient Native pictograph panel that depicts many things. One evidently a European longboat powered by sail and multiple rowers.

If you want a good read try "The Farfarers, Before The Norse" by Farley Mowat. In it he makes a convincing argument that explorers BEFORE THE VIKINGS came to the new world by hopping via Scotland, Iceland and Greenland.

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