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  1. J

    How Often/How Long?

    I only use my pirogue once or twice a month lately. I normally go on 2 to 4 mile easy cruises with almost no added weight. If I fish, I'll have a lightweight fly fishing outfit, a few flies, a 3 lb anchor and a plastic bucket for the fish. Add a water bottle and it's less than 10 lbs. By...
  2. J

    Trim/Rocker

    I wouldn't think rocker makes much of a difference in buoyancy of a certain area of the boat. Probably better to concentrate on width in the area you want to carry more weight. Use rocker to tune the handling characteristics of the boat.
  3. J

    Trim/Rocker

    I measure mine by sitting the boat on a flat surface with the gunnels as level as I can get them. With a pirogue with a hard angle from the stems to the bottom, you can get a pretty accurate measurement. With a a canoe or kayak with curving lines at the stems, I tend to measure from a place...
  4. J

    Sampan or plank pirogue

    That's for sure.
  5. J

    Sampan or plank pirogue

    I don't think his plans were even in HIS head.......just kind of winged it as he went.
  6. J

    Sampan or plank pirogue

    More than one way to build what is, essentially a plank pirogue. Looks heavy as heck, but I doubt it will ever be more than 20 feet away from the water for the rest of its life. Cara Membuat Sampan Kayu || Perahu Kayu (Part 1) - YouTube
  7. J

    Trim/Rocker

    Chuck, I don't think any of it matters in actual cruising speed to most of us. It's fun to contemplate the details, though.
  8. J

    Trim/Rocker

    I've never read anything on the reasoning or usefulness of more rear rocker. I'm actually surprised that there was a difference in all of those boats you measured. I've read the specs on canoes ( closest thing to our piroguess) and they normally have different amounts of rocker between...
  9. J

    Trim/Rocker

    Bee, facts and numbers can only get you so far. I look for the reasons WHY certain design elements work the way they do. Once you know that, it's easy to figure what certain changes will do to a boat's performance. I can pretty much walk by a boat now and tell how it will perform.
  10. J

    Trim/Rocker

    Bee, you can never "know" how much a change in design will change the characteristics of a boat. The best you can hope for is to look for tendencies. My MO is to take a design change to a ridiculous level on both ends of the spectrum. Wider is more stable........but a 48" wide boat is too...
  11. J

    Trim/Rocker

    Yep, you would have 2" more of "boat" to displace water to raise the stern. Also, 2" less of an obstruction for the free, linear flow of water under the floor.
  12. J

    Washington needs to watch this !

    Tell me they're not following this to the letter!
  13. J

    Washington needs to watch this !

    Tell me they're not following this to the letter!
  14. J

    Washington needs to watch this !

    They know.........they just don't care. No guns for you means they can do anything they want. One of the classic takeover steps to gain power.
  15. J

    Boat Value?

    Beekeepers "twice the price of materials" is pretty close to what I would suggest. My way of figuring price when I sell a boat is what is the least I would take for it after it sits in the yard with a for sale sign on it for a couple months. That is usually a different price than it was on day...
  16. J

    Curved Stem

    Well, Bee, my main thing now is that I don't have the patience I had when I was younger. I like progress, and too much figuring and fiddling slows progress. My way is definitely not the best way or even a great way to build a boat. It produces a boat that does what I want. This last boat...
  17. J

    Curved Stem

    Thanks for the pics. I figured it had to be done something like that. He did a good job. Still, way too much figuring and fiddling for me.
  18. J

    I Like This Boat Because....................

    This is the boat that got me back into boat building after 35-40 years. It was a heck of a cruiser. It also led me on a path to this site. From this site I met a host of new friends.... Islandpiper, Jack Voss, Chuck, Bearridge, seedtick, keith felder, Beekeeper, and many more. Through these...
  19. J

    "Short Stuff" pirogue

    Not critical at all. Our uses are so different, so we need different boats. I tried the enclosed cockpit kayak type of boat. It just didn't work for my use in my environment. I might have stayed with that style if I paddled in waters that had nice, sandy, sloping banks to get in and out on...
  20. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue # 2

    I think for your use, you've got the design about right. I don't imagine you'll find any flaws in it's performance. It's hard to get by the physics of the thing. Longer boats paddle better, but are usually heavier, harder to carry and store and require more material. Shorter boats are more...