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whiskeyspill
01-09-2011, 03:13 AM
I would love to see a section on watercraft. Canoes especially. I just bought 2 of them last summer. It was an important means of travel many many years ago. Much of our history including land and people discoveries, trapping, fishing, navigation ( MAPS ) and general exploring were done by some sort of water craft. I remember making a boat with plywood and two tire tubes just to play in the ditch after a large rainfall. No matter where your adventure takes you, you will come across water sooner or later. Lets see what other people have used to float on water and get some information on pros and cons of every type and manufacturer of boats and watercraft. Lots of pics would be nice.

Bush Otter
01-09-2011, 05:38 AM
Some of my best bush times were paddleing down the Brazos river with my dog just camping and enjoying the solitude.
I would like to see advice from members on packing and gear in the canoe.

solocanoe
01-09-2011, 07:23 AM
Welcome, Whiskeyspill! -

small boats are wonderful - and obviously I'm a big fan. lol....

there are some wonderful threads here on canoeing...building strip boats...etc...if a whole new section isn't in the cards....just try the seach button - BCUSA loves boats. :)

madmax
01-09-2011, 08:42 AM
If it floats, I'll paddle it...and probably have. All the way from my first canoe (Grumman, still have it) to a Jenson woodstrip C-1 to a Kevlar olympic flatwater racing kayak. I've got waaaay too many boats:4::35: Right now I'm obsessed with SUPing (Stand up paddleboard).

Independent
01-09-2011, 09:03 AM
I agree that a watercraft forum is a natural tie-in to bushcraft. I'm down to only (2) canoes and a kayak, (from a high a couple years ago of 3 canoes and 3 kayaks). But, just the other night I laid hands on a modern variation on a traditional skin on frame kayak that got me to lusting after trying my hand at making one from nylon fabric over wood. I doubt that I'll go through with it, but feel certain that there's another touring kayak of one kind or another in my future.

The Hunter
01-09-2011, 09:41 AM
Sounds like a very good idea! I currently have 4 kayaks , including the stitch and glue one I am building now. I love designing the kayaks and would be happy to help in whatever way I can if asked.

Sgt. Mac
01-09-2011, 09:43 AM
Man I want a canoe bad

swamprat
01-09-2011, 09:51 AM
I will add my name to the list of folks who would appreciate a canoeing/kayaking section.

Independent
01-09-2011, 09:55 AM
Man I want a canoe bad

This a good time of year to be shopping Craigslist for used canoes and 'yaks. If you've never had one before remember that up to a point, longer crafts paddle and track better and are more capable both in terms of gear hauling and rough water. Also, keep in mind that like so much else, lighter is worth paying more for.

The Hunter
01-09-2011, 10:05 AM
Man I want a canoe bad

You can build it! Check out the Kipawa designed by john winters. easy build.

OR

I can design a touring kayak for ya and you can build it!

heron2000
01-09-2011, 10:15 AM
i agree with the cragslist search - that's how i found mine last month. only $220 for a like new 17' Grumman

Joezilla
01-09-2011, 07:32 PM
Definitely check out a pack canoe. I payed a good price on craigslist and never looked back. Love it!

Joezilla
01-09-2011, 07:43 PM
Definitely check out a pack canoe. I payed a good price on craigslist and never looked back. Love it!

Old Town Pack Canoe
12ft royalex
33 lbs!

I think I paid $400 for my used one on craigslist. It was a steep price for a used canoe, but these things get snatched up so quickly it was no wonder. Since then, I haven't thought twice about the price.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v646/Joezilla/SUBARU/P1015473.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v646/Joezilla/Summary%20trips%20july/DSC01964.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v646/Joezilla/Summary%20trips%20july/DSC01975.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/P1015233.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Cape%20fear%2027%20Oct%2007/P1013189.jpg

Joezilla
01-09-2011, 07:44 PM
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Hammock%20bch%207%20Jul%2007/P7071919.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Cape%20fear%2027%20Oct%2007/P1013293.jpg



Problem is if you are with kayakers, you will get stuck with their dog or gear

Joezilla
01-09-2011, 07:46 PM
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Jord%20Lake%202%20Jun%2007/P6011606.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Jord%20Lake%202%20Jun%2007/P6011551.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j294/Joezilla2/Jord%20Lake%202%20Jun%2007/P6011511.jpg

Skab
01-09-2011, 08:38 PM
I would also love to see a canoe subforum! Picked up my $20 canoe score this past summer and hope to get alot more use out of it this coming summer!

kylewayne
01-09-2011, 09:24 PM
Count me in, I would love to see a watercraft subforum!

alarmguy21
01-09-2011, 09:38 PM
me too. I'm in

slacker1105
01-09-2011, 09:59 PM
my two kayaks... I used to fish a lot more, and am looking forward to the water warming up to head back out there again. I actually got into bushcraft as a way to prepare if my kayak ever sinks a long way from home. Figured it was good training for a very real potential problem.

tkdlaxer
01-09-2011, 10:18 PM
My family has 3 kayaks: two 9.5 footers and a lil' 6ft playboat, and a Canoe. I love paddling, and one of the reasons I joined here was to help learn how what I would need to pack up my kayak for an overnight trip or two.

werewolf won
01-10-2011, 08:51 AM
Iíd be all over a section on watercraft, too. From dugouts to carbon fiber racers Iíve paddled, poled or sailed them. Many cultures have some form of water crafts unique to them. And almost all cultures have used some form of watercraft for hunting, fishing, commerce, going to war or migrating etc. A section dedicated to them, or all travel modes (horses, pack animals, wagons, bike, motor etc.) would add great texture to our boardís threads.
Wolf

AaronMB
01-10-2011, 11:58 AM
A section dedicated to. . .all travel modes (horses, pack animals, wagons, bike, motor etc.) would add great texture to our boardís threads.
Wolf

+1 Good thinking.

mac in mo
01-13-2011, 02:09 PM
One more vote for a canoe/watercraft section. I would love that. I used to do a lot of canoeing/ float camping on small rivers. I own a Pelican canoe now as well as a 14' Jon boat. This also reminds me of camping out of the jon boat when i was a teenager on lakes and rivers. Kevin

The Warning
01-13-2011, 02:18 PM
Man I want a canoe bad

Same here.

Iowa is thick with waterways I'm aching to explore.

8541ss
01-13-2011, 02:23 PM
Slacker. Is that yellow kayak a speckled trout assault rig?

I need to get a canoe. I live in a great place with several rivers and creeks.

solocanoe
01-13-2011, 02:32 PM
Old Town Pack Canoe
12ft royalex
33 lbs!

I think I paid $400 for my used one on craigslist. It was a steep price for a used canoe, but these things get snatched up so quickly it was no wonder. Since then, I haven't thought twice about the price.


Love your camo job, Joezilla! :dblthumb:
I can get on a pretty good rant about how much I love my OT pack canoe as well.

So far, I'm still armoralling it every few trips after I hose it out. The scratches seem to disappear and makes it glides over rocks with ease. but I really love your camo job! :)

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r115/fsmh3/newyearstrip2011002.jpg

lowcard1
01-30-2011, 05:24 PM
I just posted some pics of a canoe I had gotten and did not really know where to put them.So I decided to make a suggestion about it and what do you know there was one already started.I think it would be a good section.

hglass
01-30-2011, 06:09 PM
count me in . paddling freshwater swamp or saltwater marsh & bushcraft go hand in hand . 1 canoe -1 pokeboat -3 sot kayaks & counting .

Tireur
02-01-2011, 06:48 PM
Up here bushcraft and canoes go hand in hand, we have so much water there's huge swaths of bush that can only be accessed by float plane or canoe. Trails are pretty scarce, so if you want to get into the backcountry you're paddling.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/Tireur/stovepipe.jpg

I prefer the oldschool Canadian style paddling, tandem Prospector canoes used to be the pickup trucks of the North.

Throc
02-24-2011, 08:19 AM
I would love to see a watercraft forum too!! I spend a good bit of my time in a canoe so I forum like that would be greatly appreciated.

Bush Otter
02-24-2011, 08:53 AM
Up here bushcraft and canoes go hand in hand, we have so much water there's huge swaths of bush that can only be accessed by float plane or canoe. Trails are pretty scarce, so if you want to get into the backcountry you're paddling.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/Tireur/stovepipe.jpg

I prefer the oldschool Canadian style paddling, tandem Prospector canoes used to be the pickup trucks of the North.

I love and use to own a Merrimack Prospector I was highly influenced by Bill Mason on that style , a Chestnut 16" wood and canvas prospector and my life would be complete.

snakedoctor
02-24-2011, 09:09 AM
I thought I had posted here already! But I would love to see a watercraft subforum as well!

Tireur
02-24-2011, 03:15 PM
Always liked Nova Craft's. And for disappearing into the bush it's still hard to beat a Prospector.

YouTube - Nova Craft Prospector Solo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvTkOMTPEr8)

Arrowolf
02-24-2011, 04:46 PM
This my 20+ y/o Mad River. The camp site is about 7 or 8 miles below Possum Kingdom Dam at the mouth of Ioni Creek.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4763546883_e134aa2060.jpg

This is my Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120, packed for another Brazos overnight run.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/4973508285_c5c64c911f.jpg

IamLegend
02-24-2011, 04:49 PM
Been looking for a good deal all winter. Hate to do it but if I don't find something soon I'm gonna go buy a spanking new one!

Skab
02-28-2011, 12:40 PM
Looks to be done! New sub forum, under activites! "paddling"