First, really enjoyed comments from Gord...lots of good advice.
I've built a number of cedar strip canoes. Last one was like a beautiful piece of furniture,
16 ft solo, Weighs 42 lbs. Spent 12 days in Algonquin, now the canoe is not so beautiful and I swear, it weighs 100 lbs! It's a dream to paddle, just not something I ever want to portage like that again.
Now building the 14 ft snowshoe, first time with this design.
Cedar strippers when done well, take a lot of work, time and money.
The SOF doesn't!
So if you are wanting to experiment, maybe the easier route would be your better first project.
I am so very excited about the weight and looks of this boat. Hope I like the way it paddles, and if so, will be building another.
Last comment... I think its better to paddle in the backcountry. Ones needs to read the water. Also, it's the one place, for me, where I'm not in a hurry.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "caddy4abuck" <redhouse7@...> wrote:
> Thanks, that's a lot to think about. I hadn't considered the potential for the ribs to break. That could be a problem that might be bigger than duct tape! I'm assuming a small tube of quick setting epoxy should be able to help with those issues should they arise.
> I had thought about the weight of the oars, but I also reasoned that one extra trip on the relatively short portages I would be taking wouldn't kill me either, and the extra control and speed afforded by rowing va paddling would make up for it in spades.
> I haven't heard from anyone who has tried rowing either the snowshoe or the classic. I'd be interested to hear about how well they row.
> For full disclosure, I'm also considering the more mainstream cedar strip boats out there as well. While there are definite weight drawbacks, the additional durability, variety of design, aesthetic value, and resale potential are alluring. I'd be interested in any input on a comparison between wood vs SOF anyone wants to toss into the ring.