Prospector Canoe - FINISHED!

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Finally, the canoe gets wet!  It sat in my garage several months while I went on several overseas and domestics trips.  At least the varnish is good and hard now!


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The Prospector paddles well solo from the bow seat or kneeling.  Very stable feeling.

When paddled tandem, the primary stability was a little tender, but the secondary stability was excellent.  The boat could be leaned to the gunnel without any tendency to flip.  

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We tried three people in the canoe, and it paddled well with the 200 pounds of third person sitting on a foam pad in the middle. 

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The rocker allows the canoe to turn very well when edged, so this seems a good boat for freestyle canoeing. 

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I'm looking forward to seeing how the boat performs in whitewater!

Thank you for reading.  A special thanks to Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boat Shop for his wonderful book on canoe building (it includes the plans for this boat!) and his internet message board where I gleaned great tips on  building canoes.


 John Caldeira

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Created July 23, 2006