Re: [Cedar Strip Canoes] Followup to Launching: Firecracker
- Sounds like a great time, JR! Thanks for providing an
opportunity for some kids to play in Firecracker. I
believe the best way to get adults enthusiastic about
paddling is to let them play in boats as kids.
As for me, I typically put them in a boat and shove
them off into the water. I have found that a kayak
paddle seems to work best for them as they sometimes
forget about switching sides. I have put kids as
young as 3 and 4 into a small kayak and let them play
in the shallow areas. Just pick a place well
protected from wind and waves. Don't forget the life
vest, and make sure there is a rescue boat available!
(or you can wade to the boat anywhere they may drift
As for me, I just picked up the plywood for a stitch
and glue Wee Lassie style solo boat. Might even get
it put together in the next couple weeks unless I am
out on the river! Just got back from a trip with the
paddling club on one of the steeper rivers flowing
into Lake Superior.
Keeping the open side up!
--- "J. R. Sloan" <jr_sloan@...> wrote:
> Took Firecracker out to the local big reservoir__________________________________
> (Lake Spokane,
> aka "Long Lake", about ten miles north of Spokane.
> Very simple
> transport: used copper pipe foam insulation tubes
> (sort of like
> those "nerf noodles" kids use in swimming pools) as
> padding for the
> gunwhales, strapped the boatto the back of the
> pickup and off I went.
> Launching was uneventful: picked up the boat,
> carried it to the
> launch, asked a little girl if I could step over her
> towel to get to
> the water, and set the boat in the water.
> Firecracker weighs about 28 lbs, easy one-man-carry.
> Draws about an
> inch of water empty.
> Getting in for a 200-lb so-yr-old was a little
> dicey, but once I got
> my personal transom onto the bottom, things smoothed
> out a little.
> A 14-foot flat-bottomed canoe with 24" width lends
> new meaning to the
> term "Tippecanoe". Especially to the uninitiated to
> the world of
> kayaks and pirogues. However, once I got the
> gymbals in my hips
> oiled up and moving, I found the going very smooth
> and easy. I spent
> about four hours paddling about in the deeps and
> shallows, got some
> compliments about the shiny red paint job, and
> finally got the hang
> of paddling against the current and wind that came
> All in all, a very easy first launch.
> Next day, I took my granddaughter and wife to
> another lake to visit
> with some other kids, and took Firecracker along.
> Turns out it's an
> ideal boat for two or three young kids to play in
> all day, as long as
> they don't take the new paint job over the shallow
> rocks. They had a
> great time, and I got to put on a couple of new
> coats of paint when
> we got home.
> Hope this letter finds you all hard at work on your
> next stripper
> projects...best wishes,
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jon <ssnvet637@y...> wrote:
> Sounds like a great time, JR!...I just picked up the plywood for astitch and glue Wee Lassie style solo boat...Keeping the open side up!
Thanks for the reply, Jon. If the group is interested, I just posted
some pictures of Firecracker as a "strip canoe alternative" in the
- Hello JR et al;
I just went to the files area and looked at your photos of 'Firecracker'.
It sure looks like a very good beginner canoe. I think that I will try one
of those before I start an actual stripper. Even I could probably make one
of those! LOL
You mentioned that the sides have a negative curve to take out the natural
rocker. Do you mean that the bottom of the sides are curved so that the
bottom is higher in the water than the ends? If so, that is to compensate
for the weight of the canoist?
Thanks for sharing the photos with us. It is a nice looking pirogue/canoe.
> If the group is interested, I just posted======================================================================
>some pictures of Firecracker as a "strip canoe alternative" in the
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Even I could probably make one of those! LOL
JR: Yup--Pretty simple project!
You mentioned that the sides have a negative curve to take out the
natural rocker. Do you mean that the bottom of the sides are curved
so that the bottom is higher in the water than the ends? If so, that
is to compensate for the weight of the canoist?
JR: The side panels in the plan are something like 15'-6" by 18"
(though I did some REAL CLOSE trimming and raised the sides up to 20-
1/4" at each stem. But on the plan, there is a negative curve from
the bottom of each stem to the other that maxes out at 1-3/8" at the
center of each side panel.
If each of the panels were 18" for their full length (no negative
curve), after the sides were stitched to the bottom, there would be
about 2" of rocker on the bottom. This would be desirable in a one-
person canoe (for example) that was to be used in a rapid stream,
because one effect of rocker in a small boat is to reduce the lateral
resistance of the extreme bow or stern: it makes the boat more
maneuverable, easier to turn, so as to avoid rapids, rocks and so
The effect of this amount of negative curve (when you apply flare to
the gunwhales), is to make the bottom flat. In this case (the
pirogue-style craft) the boat is more likely to encounter shallow
water, so keeping the bottom as flat as possible helps to spread
total weight over more area and reduces draft.