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PostPosted: January 17th, 2020, 4:57 pm 
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I built a tandem, now I want to build a solo.

I'm bigger (220ish) and like to go on extended (2 weeks) trips with a dog. Mostly flatwater maybe up to class +II at most. The Swift Shearwater seems to fit the bill. Greenvalley has plans for it (if its the same demensions as Swift?) but only digital -- I'd prefer paper plans...

Alternate idea is to Stretch a Kite to 15'4" (or even 15'10"?). I remember Dunkin' was doing this but I'm not sure how it turned out for him - he doesn't seem to be on the forum anymore.

Any suggestions? How's my thinking?

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 9:28 am 
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More length is more capacity so .... why not?
I know boat designers shake their heads when people mess with their designs but it is just a boat.
I stretched a Chesnut Fox from 14 to 15 in cedar strip and in wood/canvas. They are both good boats for me.
Once you have tripped in a solo you will not miss your tandem. Think wind.
Best of luck and please let us know how it goes.
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PostPosted: January 21st, 2020, 7:52 am 
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Ask Martin for the Raven plans. I built one, the perfect boat for a bigger paddler. The Raven in royalex has the rep of being a dog. However, the stripper version is no dog, and holds its own on the flats.
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PostPosted: January 21st, 2020, 3:23 pm 
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I paddle a Shearwater from Swift. I am 200, mainly 10 day trips (80 lbs of gear), no dog. I like the slightly under-loaded boat since it draws less water and turns more easily. I doubt your smaller option would work as well. However, the Shearwater has a very narrow bow and it buries into the pool at the bottom of any size of drop. In +ll you and your dog will get wet. The previous post suggestion of a Raven would probably be better for this.

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PostPosted: January 22nd, 2020, 8:54 am 
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thanks guys!
I'll look at the Raven.

I like the tandem but sick of getting blown around on big lakes


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