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Old 12-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #11
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Mine is Dec. 17 and it's the big 60.
At 51 you should be able to lift that canoe for at least another five years.....

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Old 12-14-2008, 02:12 PM   #12
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At 51 you should be able to lift that canoe for at least another five years.....
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:58 PM   #13
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Hi Jim,

I tend to leave my canoe on the truck - you never know when a great paddling opportunity will pop up (it's happened twice so far this trip).

Here's a photo of the truck, prepared with canoe action, on North Beach (I didn't paddle here).

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Old 12-14-2008, 03:27 PM   #14
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Dirk, I do agree that there could be times that a paddling opportunity might happen without expecting it. I am still thinking here.

What type of canoe do you use? I have a Hellman Prospector in Dura-lite and wood trim. I usually use this for rough going, mostly river paddling. I also have a Swift Winisk in a kevlar layup with integral kevlar gunnels and cherry thwarts and seats. This is a real fast canoe I use for flat water tripping, or on rivers with not too many big rapids.

I was also wondering looking at this photo whether you always use the front ties. With my previous vehicle which had the roof racks a good distance apart I only used the straps to the racks and never had any trouble with movement,
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:40 PM   #15
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Dirk, I just saw in your blog that you have a Clipper 14’ Prospector. I have paddled one of those a few times solo, nice boat. I have also paddled the 17' Prospector quite a bit, and a couple trips in a Tripper.

In fact, if my wife and me get a second dog like we are thinking about, I am looking at either the 18' 6", or the 20', Mackenzie. We love to do multi-day trips and while we love the Winisk, it is narrow and will not likely fit our needs.
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Mine is a Clipper 16' Prospector. I've used it paddling white water and lakes. It was a bit much to handle solo in white water so I got an Old Town Otter 13'.

Gave up white water when my arm folded on me in an eddy turn mid-river and I ended up leaning on a couple rocks. I was just fine there, but it took me a while to figure out how to get off without dumping.

Took up fly fishing because you can always get off the river.

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Old 12-14-2008, 04:15 PM   #17
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Jim the roof rack we offer will not work with the A/C. There is not enough room beside it for the canoe. If there is just roof vents, the canoe should sit over them....just need to remember they are there when removing the canoe!

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Thanks for the confirmation Reace. I doubt I would go for the A/C right away, but certainly would want it roughed in. I do plan trips to the deep south sometime in the future and it may be req'd at that time.

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