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    Default My first solo effort in the Apache

    Just a very quick blogg.

    This was a few days ago just before leaving the lakes to head back to glasgow. I didn't have very long so just headed down to Windermere and launched from the NT land by the ferry at Far Sawrey.

    I wanted to go out as it was not too bad a day but had some strongish winds and I wanted to see how different it was form my old coleman.

    Got to the launch point (with my new car too - two weeks old!):


    Having got the canoe off the roof, and it was sooo much easier than my coleman (I can lift this one with one hand!), I was on the water super fast.

    It was actually a nice day, I decided to head out around the islands that dot the middle of Windermere. The low winter sun was great:


    My canoe resting on one of the islands:


    I needed to get out as my seat is too low and cuts of circulation quickly. I shall be raising the overall height and also tipping it forward to allow for better foot movement and long distance comfort.

    The water on the lake was still very high, you could have some fun paddling through the lower islands to the north:




    On the whole I am very happy with my new apache, for 300 all in I cannot think of better value for money. Looking forward to having it properly wetted in at the Lakes meet in Jan and the Loch Sheil one in Feb, oh and the second lakes meet in April. Man I go too many of these things.

    Despite the fell of some of those shots, this was in the mid-morning!

    All thats left is a quick vid of my canoe in action (on a cold day):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyZFpEbJbJo

    I think I might need a shorter paddle though. Is this an excuse to buy myself the walnut otter-tail that Endless River sell???

    Cheers,

    Pete
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    That's a rather tasty canoe and yes, the mere does seem a little full. Thanks for sharing.

    TGB
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    Great looking boat Pete. Hope you have many happy hours paddling it.
    Dougie
    PS nice car too.

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    Beautiful! The dark wood looks great in contrast with the cream. Like Chocolate.
    It all started with a folding boat I built at school...

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    Nice!
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    The boat looks great, and for 300 is an absolute bargain.

    Do you think the Coleman will ever get wet again?
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    Very impressive Peter, very impressive. I look forward to having a go
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    Nice looking boat you've got there.... looks a little cold there as well....
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    Nice one Pete,
    The weathers been rubbish all week again glad to see you found a window for a paddle, mind you friday and saturday are looking okay this week with all the rain we have had the lakes will be brimming are you down this weekend?
    Regards Retro


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    I love the way that boat looks LP. I'm contemplating a change of boat and would love get something in cream, but I just can't fit it into my theory of boat colour choices.

    Good job, I hope you have many happy hours together.

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    Default the apache

    looks like it may live up to the name!i like the uncluttered ,ready to paddle and ready to gobble up the miles look of this canoe.it is beautiful in its appearance and a credit to you.the colour always makes me think kevlar and at that lends a believable value to the boat i reckon around five times the actual cost to you. i hope you enjoy much safe paddling in her w
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    What a lovely looking boat. I can't believe it was only 300?? Am I missing something here??
    What with a new car too you must have been a very happy man! Great combination - the contrasting colours of car and boat

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    Yep, very nice looking boat, how much does it weigh?

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    I am happy with her, and yes thanks to the SOTP group buy on the hulls, she is great value for money. But more importantly she is great to paddle.

    The coleman does get wet but mainly when I lend to SOTPers to try paddling. I will still use the coleman for WW as it is as tough as old boots, but really its a tandem boat.

    Happy-ish with the car, the car in its own right is very nice and a great little car, I am just not happy about having to buy a new car - why cant someone make a never ending car for free? I would buy it

    Retro - nah I am not back down until the lakes meet to try save some dosh. Shame but I find I have more anticipation for the Lakes meet in Jan (and yours in April).

    Oh and in terms of comparing against the coleman it is great, it is a flatwater hull but you can turn it fairly easily and it rides very smoothly. In the stronger winds I didn't have to trim the canoe at all - it just kept going at the same speed with no stroke alteration even into head winds

    Looking forward to many happy hours paddling her (all canoes should be a 'her').

    In terms of weight? Not sure. I will weigh her when I am back down in the lakes, but I think it should be about 26kg, which is better than my coleman which weights 35kg!

    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAS247 View Post
    Very impressive Peter, very impressive. I look forward to having a go
    its not a kayak, lee
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    Quote Originally Posted by andym View Post
    its not a kayak, lee
    No but it is white

    Pete
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    Default VW announce new Golf Special Edition

    Looks a lovely boat Pete and you made a great job fitting it out. Heard today that VW have just announced a special edition Golf, apparently it comes in Ivory with Walnut Dash.

    Having upgraded from a Pelican recently, one of things I enjoy most about my new boat is just how easy it is to lift around by comparison.

    Nice to see you enjoying your Apache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeland Pete View Post

    Looking forward to many happy hours paddling her (all canoes should be a 'her').

    Pete
    In my opinion - a shop bought canoe is usually an 'it', where as a self build, or self fit out is definitly a 'her'

    mine are all hobgoblins. - oh well

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    Default Fine Job

    Fine job! Looks like years of pleasant paddling in store for your Apache.
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    When we paddled with Retro on Derwentwater the other weekend your two "cream" canoes were sure not the same colour. Perhaps yours should be called "Lakeland Cream"

    Like cream walls at home if you get fed up with the colour you can always paint over Are you sure it's not Magnolia?
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    Great blog Pete, thanks for sharing.
    The Apache looks brilliant, congrats on a job well done there

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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    Are you sure it's not Magnolia?
    Brilliant! Magnolia you could cover your airbags in wood chip, that would suit you down to the ground Pete.
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    The canoe is looking good and if it makes it easier to get out on the water then all the better.
    John

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