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  1. Thread: Galloway Glens

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    Thanks, guys. Wednesday was terrific. We...

    Thanks, guys.

    Wednesday was terrific. We paddled the canoe and three kayaks over to Ardwall Island, Fleet Bay and spent a few hours mucking around, swapping boats, etc. My eldest spent a while...
  2. Thread: Galloway Glens

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    Galloway Glens

    First day of the kids' summer holidays, the two boys and I set off early to get to Falkirk for the #LockNPaddle on Saturday morning.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-OXtQOXsAAm4Wy.jpg:small
    Source:...
  3. Plywood. I found I had two 8' lengths of 11mm...

    Plywood.

    I found I had two 8' lengths of 11mm exterior ply, 200mm wide, which I cut into 64mm strips for the nine longitudinal planks. I used some 9mm ply for the cross pieces. I wanted the long...
  4. Cheers, Nick! Kind words, thank you. I'm making...

    Cheers, Nick! Kind words, thank you. I'm making it up as I go along, therein lies part of the fun.

    I do look at the boat as it is now and wonder "why?", but then I look at Coleman's insert that I...
  5. Flawless water test today, another row of...

    Flawless water test today, another row of bottles, plus end-bags/blocks and I should be set. Enjoyed a picnic afloat with my youngest, who shouted across to anyone who would listen that it was her...
  6. The floor is now fitted. Fingers crossed it all...

    The floor is now fitted. Fingers crossed it all works as I need it to.

    Various pieces of foam for buoyancy under the floor, bearing nice and flat on the bottom of the boat. I've tied the floor...
  7. Hoped I would have had photos by now, but I'm not...

    Hoped I would have had photos by now, but I'm not quite there yet.


    Still thinking along the lines of the above, I think I've got a (possibly slightly heavy) plan, but nevertheless serviceable I...
  8. Hi, Doug. Good question, thanks... this is...

    Hi, Doug.

    Good question, thanks... this is largely what my "floored section" is intended to address. I've not started so it's still a design in progress. I've no sketches, so i'll try to describe...
  9. Parallel T-track inwales on Coleman Explorer 166

    I was gifted a Coleman Explorer 166 a couple of weeks ago. I'd never paddled a canoe before, but after a few short paddles decided I wanted to mod it. I think to be truthful, I actually wanted to mod...
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    Thanks.

    Thanks.
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    Thanks, sk8r! Line of sight along the...

    Thanks, sk8r!


    Line of sight along the upturned keel, before I removed the insert, it was already hogged ever so slightly, but you could squeeze the gunwales together a bit, it was still quite...
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    I wish I'd done more as a youngster but with kids...

    I wish I'd done more as a youngster but with kids of my own now, I've got the perfect opportunity.


    I've heard all the comments about leaving the canoe alone, paddle it first, risk compromising...
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    Ah, ok thanks. I've split my time sitting and...

    Ah, ok thanks.

    I've split my time sitting and kneeling. I think I recall a couple of occasions, perhaps when paddling upwind or when I wanted a little more speed, that I knelt down as I felt more...
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    Here's a photo from day 1. ...

    Here's a photo from day 1.

    https://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q670/grandfatherswood/canoe/trolley%20v1%203_zpskjyskn0b.jpg
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    Cheers, sk8r. Cracking photo! Thanks for...

    Cheers, sk8r.

    Cracking photo! Thanks for taking the time to find it.

    In my head, in a configuration where only the bow and stern seats bear down on the keel pole, then any upwards load in the...
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    Thanks, Jim. An inviting picture, makes me...

    Thanks, Jim.

    An inviting picture, makes me want to paddle it. ;)
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    Thanks. :)

    Thanks. :)
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    Big Al - I hear what you're saying, I'm one for...

    Big Al - I hear what you're saying, I'm one for over-egging things. I've had a grand total of two hours paddling, and nearly the same again in capsizing and re-entry efforts. The way I've been...
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    Cheers, sk8r/Mark. Third time on the water...

    Cheers, sk8r/Mark.


    Third time on the water today with another offspring, a moderately useful bow paddler this time. We watched a heron make a few low passes and sat still for a while. A half...
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    Cheers, Gdd. Interesting, can see how that works....

    Cheers, Gdd. Interesting, can see how that works.

    I'll keep trying every time I'm out.
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    Cheers, Mal. I left the canoe on the car...

    Cheers, Mal.

    I left the canoe on the car overnight with the intention of taking another sprog out today but it was raining and she wanted to go to the indoor soft play, so I just went out again...
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    Cheers, Mark. Sound advice.

    Cheers, Mark.

    Sound advice.
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    First outing in a Canadian, took my son

    I've maybe been on the water half a dozen times in my life, never fared well - green round the gills and all that.

    Today, I took my 6 year old son onto Loch Ore in Fife in a Canadian I was given...
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    Cheers, Mal. Aye, can't wait for first paddle....

    Cheers, Mal.

    Aye, can't wait for first paddle. :D
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    Thanks, Alan. Yes, just like that. I don't...

    Thanks, Alan.

    Yes, just like that.

    I don't want to pretend I know what I'm talking about, but it doesn't look like that light gray insert gives much lateral support to the gunwales - a yolk...
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