The Final Hours of the SS Reed Boat

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  1. Fowler

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    45th Annual Passagassawakeag River Race with a the Reed Boat !!! The water is high from snow melt and its 40 dares lets do this!!! I have been waiting for this all winter and now its finally hear and i couldn't be more nervous. I only had her out once before in Camden harbor and it was a calm day not a river with class 2 and 3 rapids. Turns out my trepidation's were well founded she didn't make it not for lack of trying though. Next Year!

     
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    Thanks for taking the time to post this. While the modern canoes were passing you by at a great clip your journey with the reed boat looked fun and challenging.......cold water to boot :)

    Taking it out into the real world and giving it a twirl to see what works and what does not... gotta give ya big hand there! :35:
     
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    Okay, since you are threatening next year, perhaps an extra bundle in the middle of the outer two, in order to give it some beam stability? Seems like there is fairly good buoyancy. You just need some width.

    Good show nevertheless...:35:
     
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    That reminded me of a time ago, I ran around the the race circuit. I also think three bundles. That was brave. Well done regardless of the outcome. I wonder how those stand up paddle boards did?
     
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    Good job. A center third bundle about a third the diameter of the larger bundles pretty well centered fore and aft and about a third the length of the water line might aid in manuverability.
    Just spitballing here.
     
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    Agggh! Sorry about the wreck on the rocks, looks like it was a fun experience while things were floating as expected! Very cool to see a reed boat in action on the river.
     
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    Ya three bundles and filling in between the bundles so that it cant get hung up on rocks and pit the bottom to make it smother possibly .
     
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    they seame to have made good time on the boards. would have like to have seen how well they navigated the stretch of mixed class 1, 2 and 3 raped at the end wich is like a mile and a half long . Im tinking i may try to make a reed paddle board this fall as well as a new boat.
     
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    Another idea i had was to stick with 2 and separate then as if there was a third in the middle and make a seat. I could use sticks to separate them and lash them and the bow and stern would still be connected. That way it would be more stable and i could paddle harder to avoid danger with the danger of flipping. Or maybe tine bundles in the middle so it was like one of those open Kayaks. And maybe puting some structural members in the middle of the bundles to keep it from folding up under pressure. Had i done so it may just have been spun around the rock and rolled over.
     
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    The was awesome! The Ariel shots with upturned bow and stern. You looked like the world tiniest Viking. LOL. Not nearly as hydrodynamic as that. But this reminded me of dragging cedar logs off the beach. Making rafts with found rope, when I was a kid. Usually finishing/boating gear washed up. The only point was to see how many people it took to sink it. Oh man can't wait for summer! Thanks again for yet another good vid!
    Cheers Jim
     
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    The old Maine streams ! Cold and Fast this time of Year .
     
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    Reed Pontoon boat? I often think of rowing a canoe in one of these races, not sure if the rules would allow it. I see some cultures row standing up, also recall seeing fishermen here on the coast stand up and row their skiff out to their bigger boat, back in the day. I still plan on rigging my canoe to row, maybe this summer. Not sure how rowing will work on narrow steams and class 2 water.
     
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    I''l be interested to see how you put what you learned into the next effort, Fowler.

    Can't help adding this to the discussion.

     
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    Thats a neat idea. My dad wants to rig a Canoe for rowing. I want to make him a forward rowing rig. Gig Harbour unit.jpg
     
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    Now thats one nice looking boat. It was a lot wider then mine and so smooth it looked like it just glided alone. well maybe the reed boat 2.0 will last longer ;)
     

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