- Or you could build a stripper and forget the aerolite. My friend built a 15foot 35 pound racing/sailing canoe last winter. It s a beauty, and he can hoistMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 12, 2008View Source
Or you could build a stripper and forget the aerolite. My friend built a 15foot 35 pound racing/sailing canoe last winter. It's a beauty, and he can hoist it on top of his Chhevy Tahoe himself (he's 85 years old).
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Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comccSubject [Airolite_Boats] Choosing a canoe design
I am looking for the best design for my wife and me, approximate
combined weight of about 300 lbs. We will be using it for casual day
trips on Florida waterways, (with average rapids drop of less than one
inch!) and maybe occasional calm water bay and inland use. We might
also use for overnight camping with additional 100 lbs of gear.
I'm thinking 14 ft designs might be on the small side so 14 to 16 ft
is the range I'm looking at. I am also leaning toward light weight. We
live a block from the river at the bottom of a steep hill(yes, we do
have some hills in Florida), so if it's carryable by one person, we
will tend to use it more often. A wheeled caddy would be acceptable,
so we can afford to go above the 20 lb lowest weight in the specs.
Simplicity and low build time are desirable. My experience,
facilities and attention span are marginal!
In the running are:
Arrow 14 - 20 lbs - capacity 300 lbs. build time 40 - 60 hrs
(low building time, but capacity is low. Can this design be stretched
to 14 ft for more capacity?)
Snowshoe 14 - 20 lbs - capacity 400 lbs - 40 - 60 hrs
Snowshoe Explorer 14 - 30 lbs - capacity 450 lbs - 70 hrs
Snowshoe 16 - 30 lbs - capacity 450 lbs - 70 - 90 hrs
What accounts for the difference in build times (and difficulty?)?
What is average cost for materials when using a kit?