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Old 12-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
I have two 17.5' boats, a Helman Prospector, a do everything boat, but not the fastest loaded up. Quite stable, and good for fishing. Quite good in big rapids too.

My other tandem is a Swift Winisk, which is what baglo is referring to at the end of his last post. Very little rocker, asymmetrical in shape, initially unstable unless loaded, light and very fast. I got it for covering distances and it works great for that. Great for trolling too.

My last boat is a near complete 15'5' solo boat. Little rocker, quite narrow, and designed to be fast. Hope to have it in the water next spring.
The solo wouldn't be an Osprey would it? 1st canoe I built was a 15' Swift Osprey, 4 boats later it is still by far my most used and most beat up.

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by padlin View Post
The solo wouldn't be an Osprey would it? 1st canoe I built was a 15' Swift Osprey, 4 boats later it is still by far my most used and most beat up.
Pretty much. It is called a Kite, which is the same as an Osprey, except above the waterline John Winters designed it to have a full length sweeping chines. I stretched mine 6" for just a bit more capacity, for bringing the dog along.

Here is one that Martin Step from Green Valley Boat Works built.

He had sent me a bunch of photos as he built the prototype, here is one at the stage I am at. While the painted exterior is not too bad, and it covered up a couple blemishes for him. I am going to leave mine a clear coat.

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If you are interested, and I am behind on posting photos, you can check out my build here. It all started with me getting a log from a friend.

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Old 12-27-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
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Ah yes. They are inherently directionally unstable, which makes them great for fly fishing. Using flippers, you can rotate the boat in place to face the direction you want to cast.
For the travel portion, you have to constantly correct your course.

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