22nd-June-2009, 07:31 AM
Selway Fisher - Discontinued / Other
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19th-March-2011, 10:22 AM
I made one of these for the kids, ignore the suggested time to build one, it took ages! but i got a superb little canoe out of it for my two small (at the time ) kids it tracked really well which was good for the little people and is as light as a feather well worth the effort, just dont imagine that it will take a 6 foot adult i can confirm that it doesnt!
31st-March-2012, 07:29 AM
I've got one of these. I am six foot and this is probably pushing the boat's capacity as far as it will go. Upsides - she weighs very little - about 12 kilos - so portages really aren't a problem. Mine lives on a shelf in the garage. I just stick it on my shoulder, walk down the road and pop her into the canal. Short of living in a boat house, this is pretty much the ultimate non faff get on the water experience.
Tracking isn't an issue. Where it falls down is stability. Every time I've tried kneeling, I've taken a swim. If you want a boat that is very little fuss and cheap this could be worth considering. I use mine on the canal and local rivers. Neither the Leam nor the Avon are white water destinations so for a quick morning's paddle so tippiness apart, it is a really cheap way to get on the water. I got mine off ebay for about £120. I'm sufficiently impressed with the boat to consider making something larger and better suited to day trips or longer.
What I notice is that much of what you see on forums talks in endless detail about the ins and outs of the actual building the boats but practically nothing about how they are to use on the water. Is this is because many of the people building wooden boats just like projects and see learning to paddle after as the next project or are they just like messing around with wood and making something beautiful? I am not quite sure. I wonder how much real use many of these boats get.
Last edited by cirrus; 31st-March-2012 at 07:50 AM.
23rd-August-2013, 10:23 PM
I picked up a SF Pete 16ft that was half done. Sure I have had great fun in "fitting out", but even more fun using it or seeing it in action. It's a bit weighty and the v-hull means initial stability is a bit rocky, but once on the water secondary stability is good. It's great in a straight line and shifts at a fair lick - even into a headwind, but you wouldn't want to take it down narrow streams or white water as turning takes a bit of effort, even when heeled over, and there's not much freeboard (too many pies?). The design errs towards sailing, and I can't wait to get a rig on it and get it flying - I imagine it'll be fairly lively! I'm lucky enough to live in Scotland, so it'll be a good boat for the freshwater lochs, but for any of the river routes may call for a portage and a trolley is a must.