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Author:  farmer [ September 29th, 2005, 2:21 am ]
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hello, new to this board. I am looking for plans to do a solo stripper. I am after something very close to a We-no-nah Prism. thanks,Craig

Author:  Doug [ September 29th, 2005, 6:44 am ]
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May be interested in this one;



Author:  pknoerr [ September 29th, 2005, 7:50 am ]
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There aren't alot of sit and switch style solos out there in stripper format.

You might try Bruce Kunz's 15'6" Merlin, or 16" 38 Special. I've never paddled the 38 Special, and only paddled the Merlin in carbon fiber form from Bell Canoe back about 1996. I paddled it back to back with a Bell Magic and found the Magic both faster and more maneuverable. But if you are interested in a boat more comparable with a Wenonah, maybe these would serve you well.

The Osprey that Doug mentioned is a wonderful canoe, but really can't be compared hull-shape wise to the Prism. The Osprey has dramatically more rocker than the Prism, and paddles best kneeling, while the Prism is at it's best seated with a foot brace. But you might try the John Winter's designed Barracuda. I'm quite familiar with the Osprey, but once again haven't been in the Baracuda. But given John's other designs, I'd suspect that you would be impressed with it's speed.

If you really like the Prism, you could loft the measuerements and build yourself a stripper. It won't be a perfectly identical hull, but probably close enough that you will learn to like your canoe more than the actual Wenonah Prism.


Author:  TommyC1 [ September 30th, 2005, 8:25 am ]
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How about the Solo Tripper from Bear Mountain.

If you build it I'd sure love to hear what you think about how it paddles.


Author:  frozentripper [ September 30th, 2005, 8:52 am ]
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Searching around at will get you some threads on Kunz's Merlin and the larger version 38 Special. IIRC, there were some posts there where these were compared to other canoes.

Emailing Northwest will also get you a diagram of the various station shapes that form the hull. The bow and stern sections are flared, with rather abrupt tumblehome amidships with some shouldering (the "knuckle") at the sheerline complicating things. This might not be the easiest hull to strip as a first-timer, but the designer might have some comments on that.

Author:  Bryan Hansel [ September 30th, 2005, 9:19 am ]
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Check out the Soul Mate about half-way down the page. I bought the plans a couple of years ago. Decided not to build it for myself, helped a friend build strip out the hull, and glass the outside, but I moved away before he finished it. Then he moved and I haven't been able to get ahold of him to see how it paddles. It seemed to have a good amount of volume. It was a pretty easy build be the shoulder was very difficult. If I built another one, I might remove the shoulder and just have some tumblehome.

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