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Author:  scratchypants [ August 31st, 2019, 12:30 pm ]
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I might make a trip up to Canot Legare to check out a few models. Does anyone have information on Canot Rheaume's 16-6 Prospector? Composite layup - not wood canvas. Are they Langfords in a different dress?

Author:  scratchypants [ August 31st, 2019, 3:24 pm ]
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A little more information. Legare wrote back and indicated that while Rheaume has been making composite canoes for other brands for some time, this is the first year that they have made models under their own name. The 16-6 Prospector is available in different layups, including a Carbon Innegra with integrated gunnels weighing in at 36 lbs.

Author:  littleredcanoe [ September 1st, 2019, 2:50 pm ]
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It would seem that if you connect the dots ( Langford contracts with Canot Rheaume) it is likely.. Would not be the first time that the same boat turn up under different names.

Author:  scratchypants [ September 1st, 2019, 3:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Canot Rheaume?

We just returned from a 700km round trip to see and test one in person. Very light and handled nicely, but I was a bit put off by the construction. Tell me if I'm being too picky or if all carbon layups are like this: I could see it was not made up of one sheet, but several pieces. Also, you could see "creases" on the outside of the hull coinciding with the location of the flotation tank seams on the inside.

We also tested a Pal and a Cronje of which we liked the 2nd better.

Author:  littleredcanoe [ September 2nd, 2019, 12:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Canot Rheaume?

It is common to use full sheets in some areas and reinforce with partials in other areas.. Canoe are not made with one layer or two of full coverage fabric.

The better makers use lots of partials and football shaped pieces to reinforce the bottom.

There are a variety of layups involving carbon.. It is likely there are also partials of kevlar in there.

My Dragon Fly is one of the toughest carbon canoes around . It has 38 pieces of fabric.. some full most not.

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