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  1. I was 28 when I built mine. I almost didn’t. I think a well produced video series on youtube with some good marketing would help I think. The only reason I realized this was even an option is because my father in law mentioned it, and explained how forgiving the process would be. I would also note the size, the Stonefly is a bit big given whats coming out from swift. A Swift Pack Canoe is 12 feet at 25lbs. Thats hard to beat, but should be feasible with SOF canoes. My Stonefly is 54 lbs (thats based on my decisions but I think 40lbs is avg no?). The 66 Canoe from Cape Falcon is lik
  2. I was 158 when I first paddled my Stonefly. Tracked well. I don’t think the 120 would be an issue
  3. Ooooo pretty! How does it paddle? How much did it end up weighing?
  4. A couple of mistakes I would try to avoid: Early in the build process I screwed up the frame holding pieces and made them all the same height losing a whole bunch of rocker. I was able to fix it but not entirely. Canoe rides like its on a rail, highly recommend trying to preserve the rocker. Where the gunnels meet the bow and stern, you have to cut the gunnels at a bias to meet the ply. I screwed this up royally. Do both sides at once. I might even put a dowel through the assembly next time to keep it well lined up and square. Lashing - I individually lashed each joint. Not
  5. Thanks! Also thank you for that page - that's excellent - I was considering an alternative by creating a cylinder and using a barbell foam pad to cushion as a quick solution but this would be a good winter project also I'm an idiot and have no spatial sense so it will take me a while to figure out what the drawing is exactly indicating.
  6. Finally got a chance to take the canoe out on a real backcountry camping expedition. Needed to create a removable yoke to portage (1KM) on my shoulders. Went superb. I do need a better shaped/contoured yoke, I'll do that this month so that my second trip in September is more comfortable as I will have pretty large hills to portage. I figured you folks might enjoy some pictures of the picturesque lake and the canoe (and fish). And yep the barrel contains all supplies for multiple days including tent etc/ Yoke is made with poplar (like the floorboards) and the hardware is a woodworki
  7. Thanks and thank you for answering all my questions! The mistakes were all mine and anything that works is thanks to you folks and Jeff.
  8. The 60L barrel in the back has supplies and tent and all that I need for a few days while I go into the back country i made a lot of mistakes on this build, and my next boat (the Tandem canoe) will be built so much better based on the lessons learned here. And then maybe the Castaway, or maybe I don't need three boats... Also caught my first fish in it last week.
  9. That's fair. Just needed to hear that! I promise to post pictures soon. Thanks so much for the advice. This forum is just wonderful. Already planning the castaway and with all the lessons learned the hard way (and there were many) I think it's going to go wonderfully .... he says tempting karma. I might even not have a million questions!
  10. So i've already done 3 coats as noted above, so I should really just wait eh? I assume its a bad idea to put on some Spar Urethane to seal the whole thing? Or any of the following: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.epoxyshield-anti-slip---clear-340g.1000785172.html (epoxy shield) https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.lacquer-clear-312g-aerosol.1000120299.html (lacquer)
  11. I essentially did the oil paint as you noted with 24 hours in between. I think I made the error of putting it on too thick. Far too thick. And now.the curing process is taking a much longer time. Do you think there is something I can use to seal the paint? Or should I let it sit (not sure how long it might take).
  12. So I did thin the first one (and actually the colour you see from the scrape is not the cloth colour BUT the colour of the first coat). Coat 1: 85% Paint and 15% Thinner - Dry time before next coat: 24hrs - SAND COLOUR (notice the scraped bit is all green and no sand). Coat 2: 100% Green Tremclad (Rustoleum brand). Dry time before next coat: 24 hours. Not thinned. Coat 3: 100% Green Tremclad. Drying now for 7 days. Not thinned.
  13. Still not great, I think I lathered on the paint too thick and between the humidity here and the rain it hasn't dried yet. This first boat has been a great learning experience - I might try building this same boat again if I ever get to try this on the water and like it (I love the look of the boat so much!). I'll give it another week outside to see if it cures. It seems to have cured more in the week but doesn't seem to be done. If it doesn't dry I'll see if I can scrape it off and try with a different water based paint and then use Minwax Water Based Helmsman Spar Urethane to se
  14. Do you take it in if its going to rain? I can leave it out but Im gone for a week and its supposed to rain in between.
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