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PostPosted: July 29th, 2006, 8:57 am 
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Ok... lets argue about prospectors some more.

I just recently built a bear mountain 15' prospector and it is almost as different from my 16' NC prospector in Royalex as can be.

1'st off. its shorter... fine not a big deal expected that
2nd I can dive off the gunnels of the NC when Its loaded, the stripper has almost NO final stability
3rd, the stripper is WAY more responsive, both to heel and paddle strokes.
4th, the NC is exceptionally manouverable, but very difficult to track straight when unloaded tandem. The stripper is also exceptionally manouverable, but tracks like an arrow ... Solo, I can even get it to develop an asymetrical bow wave and paddle 'against the arc' without correction strokes.
------ final word, both boats are a joy to paddle and I am glad I have them :D Although, they paddle completly differently and they certainly have different design intentions. To be fair the 'prospector' name went a long way in influincing my decision to buy/build these boats sight-un-seen.

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Does that mean I really am getting old or just lazier?


Sounds more like you are getting smarter......... :lol:

You found a great spot to hang up the drafting pencil (do designers still use 'em ?) and enjoy some time with your feet up. Good on ya !!


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final word, both boats are a joy to paddle and I am glad I have them


Good to hear the boat is working out for you. I beleive Steve Killing did the redraw on the Ranger and kept as close as possible to the 16' BM sells plans for.
BM got the lines from Bill Mason for the 16' so I expect you have as close to an original Chestnut as you are likely to find anywhere.

....... noticed you didn't mention anything about the weight difference......... :lol:


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You found a great spot to hang up the drafting pencil (do designers still use 'em ?) and enjoy some time with your feet up. Good on ya !!


Think with a pencil design with a computer. Pencils work better for me during the conceptual stage

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