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Strip planked solo options?
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Author:  bark-eater [ March 28th, 2013, 8:12 am ]
Post subject:  Strip planked solo options?

I am looking for a Solo canoe design suitable for strip construction. I'm Super Sized at 220lbs and 5'11" with long back and short legs. My Solo experience is based on a plastic Swift Raven that sees a lot more open saltwater than its designed for down river use. The upper Chesapeake is my new back yard for daily paddles and hopefully some off season "cruising" So I'm looking for a hull that will paddle well with 240 to 340lbs, fast and sea worthy. I like to be able to kneel for control in waves and boat wakes, but would consider a sit and switch boat if it would feel safe in rough conditions. I did manage to test paddle a composite Swift Osprey and the Keewaydin 15 and much preferred the Keewaydin. I have yet to find any of David Yosts plans available for amateur construction, but am hoping to find some thing similar to work with.

Author:  RHaslam [ March 28th, 2013, 8:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strip planked solo options?

I'm a heavy paddler too...weight is 220 right now, although I don't approach your height. You can get the plans for a cedar strip Raven from The cedarstrip version is quite a bit different then the royalex. I have no problem keeping up with tandem canoes on trips, and I pack heavy. Last August, with the chainsaw, gas, beer and accoutrements for an 8 day trip, I was probably carrying a payload of 320 pounds (including me). I was usually waiting for the other solo and tandem paddlers. I can send you some pics if you are interested.

Author:  pknoerr [ March 28th, 2013, 9:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strip planked solo options?

I'd agree with Rob. There aren't many composite Ravens around, so not many folks have paddled them. I paddled the original woodstrip plug before the boat went into production on Oxtongue Lake. But I must admit that the Swift Raven and the Swift Dumoine are the two canoes that paddle the most different of all the canoes made in both Royalex and composite that I've ever paddled. This isn't to say that either version is bad. But in the case of both boats, the composite versions of both boats paddle alot better on flatwater than the Royalex versions.

That all said, I'm not sure I'd buy build a canoe as similar to the canoe I own. Unfortunately, not every boat is available in legal plan form. But since you are already familar with Swift... How about a Sheerwater? That's a big volume, seaworthy flatwater canoe that does well in wind driven waves. You could put a spraycover on it to help in the wind.


Author:  segosih [ April 7th, 2013, 11:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strip planked solo options?

Go to the Bear Mountain site and look at the plans they offer for strip built canoes. I have a cottage cruiser that has been a very pleasant surprise. I trip solo with it and love it. Another option is their Huron copy.

Of course, I am lighter and shorter than you so your mileage may vary.


Author:  Charlie Wilson [ April 7th, 2013, 12:11 pm ]
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Green Valley sells John Winter's canoe designs and you might contact David Yost directly for plans. DY is often under contract to not release plans to boats, but with less than half his designs in production, he's plenty other options available.

Author:  paddletothesea [ May 26th, 2013, 10:56 am ]
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Not sure if this would help answer your question. But attached here is a video of my friend Bill who finished last year a solo-12month 10,000 km in a stripper canoe he built. It is actually a tandem boat and he paddled all the types of waters you are looking at etc.....Intercoastal waterway and 4 of the Great Lakes, as well as many major rivers in the lower-48. The video is taken during his trip and you can get a idea of his boat...theres a few shots of him paddling it. It you want me to get his email for you let me know, he might be able to tell you the plans for this canoe.
Anyway enjoy-- ... nedderman/

Norm Miller
Livingston, Montana
BCI-Base Camp International

Author:  Bob A [ June 4th, 2013, 11:34 am ]
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About 4 years ago I bought plans from Bear Mtn. for a 15' Ranger. I have used this solo and with a partner. It easily carries gear for a week long trip. I am heavier than you and also 5'11''. You should consider this canoe also. I would recommend it. Good luck. Bob

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