Much thanx for the welcome and the notes. I am interested in a
canoe about 11'-12' long to give me the stability I need. On calm
days Chesapeake Bay waters can get choppy with big boat wakes. Even
some of the smaller rivers like the Severn get pretty rough for a
small craft when a 15 knot wind is blowing. I usually put in on a
quiet creek but then have to paddle onto a river or the Bay itself
to gunkhole from one creek to the next. I hug the shore as much as
I can but the waters do get confused when passing the sea wall at
the Naval Academy or when manuvering around a bridge piling.
I more or less decided I prefer an open canoe. I've been canoeing
for over 45 years so I'm comfortable with that. I have only very
limited kayaking experience, managing to dump the boats three times
in two trips. Other than on purpose, I have yet to dump a canoe
while tripping. Maybe if I took a training session in kayak
handling I would feel better about that. I can take both beginner
and advanced classes right here in Annapolis from any of several
boat liveries. I'll put that on my agenda for next Spring.
Until I decide what to build next Spring I have several other
projects to keep me busy this winter. I have to finish making a set
of oars for my Duck Trap wherry. I want to make another double
paddle and a cane seat for my Swamp Yankee canoe. I need to make a
sail and a kick-up rudder for one of my D4 dinghies. I need
to . . . .
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
, Earl & Barb <theeyres@...>
> Hi Casey,
> Welcome to the group. I'm new here, too, and am in the process of
> building an adaptation of the Rob Roy, but using the forms from a
> I built last winter. I can't compare boats as this is the first
> built and being done with my forms it wouldn't be a fair
> I did build McCarthy's Wee Lassie for my granddaughter last year.
> only 8' long so wouldn't be appropriate for your use but it did
> like a well designed canoe. It tracks very well for such a short
> and goes quite well, too. I tried it myself and was surprised how
> it did with an 185# person in it. Before embarking on my current
> project, I seriously considered building McCarthy's larger double
> canoe but decided I really like the way kayaks paddle better.
> Good luck with whichever project you decide on.