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    Default Selway Fisher Raven Build Complete

    Hi all,
    I have just finished my 1st canoe build, not sure how to post photos here, but they are available at http://s182.photobucket.com/albums/x39/STEVE_GRESTY/
    any comments welcome (even negative ones as long as they are constructive) All i need to do now is learn to paddle, then on to a cedar strip build
    Steve
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    Default selway fisher

    That looks really nice.

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    Like the red web seats
    Regards Retro


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    Nice job - well done!

    Waiting for the blog on the first trip.
    Keith

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    Very nice job! Like the contrasting bits to cover the screw holes in the gunwales. Mind if I use that? Where did you source the hatch covers?

    Cheers. Peter.

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    Hi all,
    Many thanks for all your replies, Peter please feel free to use anything you see on my canoe,sales@sailboats.co.uk are who supplied me with the hatches, be aware though the rubber sealing rings are extra
    Steve

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    Thanks for the tip Steve! If my build turns out as half as tidy as yours I'll be well chuffed! Lets see photos of her on the water eh?

    Happy paddling.

    Peter.

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    Nice job steve,have you got her wet yet?
    Regards
    Steve
    This week I've mostly been painting aviators needed.

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    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the comment, no i need to get her wet ASAP, but some paddling lessons 1st,
    P.S. keep sanding you'll get there eventually
    Steve

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    I've just had to tie down a half built prospector 17",it was blowning around the yard Mind you i'm glad of the day off from sanding as my fingers a bleeding
    This week I've mostly been painting aviators needed.

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    Hi I'm looking at making a raven, what is the rocker like? Selway seem to claim it has some but their picture and the previous review claim it doesn't.

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    Any chance of a side view to show the rocker?

    Btw it looks gorgeous. well done

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    Hi tmcox,
    Just checked the rocker, viewed from the side (obviously) from the center out to the bow or stern, the canoe is flat for approx 44 inches either side of the center. After that it rises one & a quarter inches approx to the bow / stern, if you follow that
    Steve

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    Thanks. I'm not sure about this but that doesn't sound like much. Is it?

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    "The fore and aft upward curve of the keel-line of a canoe is called "rocker." A canoe with lots of rocker (anything over 1 1/2 inches is a lot!) will turn easily in rapids and rise quickly to oncoming waves. But it will track poorly and be slower on the flats than a similar hull with no rocker."

    That was taken from this site which would imply that actually the Raven does have a decent rocker. Not ridiculous but probably sufficient.

    Any chance you'll be up in the lakes any time and wouldn't mind letting me have a brief paddle? Cheeky I know but if you don't ask....

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    Hi
    Sorry i'm not likely to be up in the lakes untill sometime next year, otherwise you'd be welcome to try it out.
    I can't take a photo of the amount of rocker, as it is strapped up to the roof inside my garage. I am currently starting a build on a cedar strip 15ft freedom over the winter period (under the raven). In my opinion the raven has minimal rocker (more turned up at each end with a flat middle section)Have you looked at the rob roy 13ft on Bear Mountain Boats site?
    its a solo canoe with a fair amount of rocker, check it out if you want.
    Steve

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    That ok. Would you mind dropping me an email if you do come up? Since I'm not planning to build till summer anyway it might still be ok...
    Tom

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    yes, no problem
    Steve

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