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Old 11-12-2012, 05:34 PM
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Wow! A whole lot more to this than I could have ever imagined. Think I'll just stick to fishing from the bank, or with waders.

Thanks, for all your help. Probably just saved me a bunch of cash too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:01 PM
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if the curiousity bug strikes, or hasn't fully gone away, there's various free sources of plans that I could point you to. costs would vary between a couple/three sheets of plywood and a weekend with some power tools to some VERY fascinating work.

one of my favorites, tho, is bateau's pirogue plans. couple sheets of plywood, some epoxy, and btw, the plans are free, should you use a certain search utilty that rhymes with 'bugle'...

if you're not TOO picky about materials, you'd be amazed what fiberglass and some resin can do. decent-grade lumber-yard plywood is perfectly suitable and something like half the cost of marine-grade plywood.

so, if you get/stay curious, there ARE ways to satisfy the bug, if you're a handy sort. it also makes a fantastic project to do with the kids, or just because.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:03 PM
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Don't let the details scare you off. Probably just about any used canoe in the $50-100 range will work nicely for starters. You would likely get as much detail response if you asked about packs, tents or sleeping bags.

The canoe is graceful in the water, allows you to carry more gear and supplies comfortably and is unalarming to wildlife, even when when you are paddling it so you will likely see more critters than you will stomping through the woods.

Winter is coming, pick up Mason's book and read it by the fireside. Look through the sales listings in your area. Once you try it I am sure you will enjoy the experience.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:06 PM
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Once you try it I am sure you will enjoy the experience.

this is wisdom. one of the first projects once we buy a house is a canoe for weekend trips
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:29 PM
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Dsuursoo, I'd be interested in some of those plans. I've been interested in a canoe for a while now and end up borrowing one from a friend a few times a year. I'd love to build one this spring if there's a decent one I could make without too much woodworking experience. I'm looking for something for 2 guys and a weeks worth of camping gear to paddle ~3-5mi to our favorite sites.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:12 PM
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Dsuursoo, I'd be interested in some of those plans. I've been interested in a canoe for a while now and end up borrowing one from a friend a few times a year. I'd love to build one this spring if there's a decent one I could make without too much woodworking experience. I'm looking for something for 2 guys and a weeks worth of camping gear to paddle ~3-5mi to our favorite sites.

just forwarded you a couple resources. tread careful and tap the brains of the canoers among us.
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