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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 10:43 am 
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I'm looking for a larger personal self-propelled watercraft that would allow us to explore the north shore of Lake Superior with some degree of comfort and safety.

http://www.doryshop.com/index.html

http://www.boulderboatworks.com/drift_boat_kits.php

I'm considering oars and a sail, and maybe even a midships outboard motor well.

Any thoughts and advice are welcome.

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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 11:33 am 
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How about looking at something along the style of the Solway Dory sailing canoe designs? Although not for sale over here you could build something in that style using stitch and tape quite easily. Many have been used for sea crossings off the coast of Scotland. Some designs have outriggers making them particularly safe on open water.

There website http://www.solwaydory.co.uk/is a great source of information.

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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 1:58 pm 
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What about these
http://www.scottcanoe.com/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=97
I had the Albany, it was awesome, we could paddle it too....I bet the Hudson Bay model is awesome..you would need to trailer it of course. Be an awesome boat for the big lakes up here.


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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 2:18 pm 
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Are you looking to build or buy?

I've done a beach camping trip in the Bahamas on a Sea Pearl 21 which would suit admirably. There are often discussions on the ultimate sail and oar boat over at Woodenboat magazine:
http://forum.woodenboat.com/forumdispla ... e30b735981


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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 2:32 pm 
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I would suggest a Bolger Birdwatcher. Unique design, can't be capsized (theoretically at least), sleeps up to 4 in camping accommodation. Designed to be rowed, slowly, but can be rigged for a motor too. Shallow draft and trailerable behind a small vehicle. Easy to build yourself but at least one boatshop also builds them.

Note there are two versions available, the Birdwatcher and Birdwatcher-2, a more modern version.

http://www.hallman.org/bolger/Birdwatcher/

http://www.adirondackgoodboat.com/boatbuilding.html

http://www.proaxis.com/~boblark/bw2_main.htm

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PostPosted: September 12th, 2013, 7:33 pm 
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I'd say you'd be safe with something slightly bigger than the Edmund Fitzgerald! :D

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PostPosted: September 13th, 2013, 8:20 am 
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I have an 18 foot Kildonan frieghter that was originally outfitted for sail...the mast step is still there but the rest of it is missing...that might be useful. It is a cedar canvas boat. 46"wide and I think 17"deep, with a Y stern transom for a motor. You might be able to work with that. Again though, it is kind of big and would need a trailer.

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PostPosted: September 13th, 2013, 10:44 am 
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Another question: are you prepared to anchor the boat or do you intend to drag it above the high water line? It doesn't take too much more boat before the latter becomes impossible.


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