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    Building a square stern Pirogue

    LOL... If you are not covered with sawdust when building a boat then you are doing it all wrong.
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    Welcome jpirhalla1170

    Welcome to the nut house John. I believe you made a smart choice for in laws. :) By the way , Marines don't scare me , I use to scare them. I was Fleet Marine Force and would tell them to open wide after I put them in the Dental chair. ( Navy medic specializing in dental diseases.)
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #4

    My best to your bride and a quick recovery. It's no fun having to go for treatments or anything else. I'm looking at surgery on the 28th as a out patient. I spent 2 days last month in the I.C.U. and 3 more in recovery at our local hospital.
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #4

    After the boat is made it's the builders responsibility to do all of the research while paddling on the water. Toss in some fishing to make sure the boat is stealthy and does not scare the local residences swimming around under it.
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    Shouldered Flare

    Normal canoes from a lot of manufactures are what they show as the # 5 , Bubble. #4 " Shoulder Flare " looks more expensive to make but also appears the best one for saving the knuckles of the paddler.
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #4

    Looking back when I was younger I had a Gheenoe and to balance it I would place a 5 gallon bucket in the bow filled with water. That way I could sit in the back by the 9.9 Mercury and fish with it being level. That 9.9 Mercury sure made it easy to get from point A to point B. I would cut the...
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #4

    Curious to see how she handles which should be just about right. Plus if you get to land a Bass that would make the experience even better. Chuck.
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    Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happier New Year.

    I'm with you , No Happy Holidays wishings , Only ... Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.
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    Grand Banks Dory

    The rear seat for rowing when going down stream is ideal when fishing. No matter what folks say I will always think that a trolling motor spooks the educated fish and rowing or paddling sneaks up on them. I have been on bridges ( with clean water below ) and watched the action of fish. A...
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    Grand Banks Dory

    When I was a kid I had a old Courtney wood boat. It was made from cypress and had a attached set of oar locks. Two oars were the propulsion system for it. I sat on the middle seat when rowing it. My was of doing t was....I would pick where I wanted to go then 180 degrees from that find a land...
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    Grand Banks Dory

    "A typical one would be 19 1/2 feet long and 5 foot 7" max beam." Modify it for extra stability and then deck a part over and create a one person camping boat. Sort of a poor boy's houseboat for extended fishing trips in the backwaters.
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    Build design thoughts?

    I paddle the rivers and swamps in Florida so for the most part rocks are not a worry. Stumps and downed trees are the things I have to avoid. For that reason , plus being light weight , I like the Luann or door skins for my boats. I epoxy saturate the wood then glass both sides. I use butt...
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    Build design thoughts?

    Narrow bottom is an understatement.
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    Build design thoughts?

    I will make a bet. I bet no matter which way you go and build the boat you will find ways to improve it when you paddle it. Boats are like potato chips , one just is not enough or right , the next will be even better. The seats are the same way. Take a look at the seat I designed for my use...
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    Build design thoughts?

    Good question since the normal Pirogue has a wide open area. My bet is he was thinking about how a Canoe is made and paddles. Especially the way the folks paddle one up in the North Woods when kneeling. Always looked uncomfortable to me since I like to sit and paddle.
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    Build design thoughts?

    WOW .....Those are some loaded questions. I would say it all depends on what you like and are comfortable with. You are building it and this way it will be made for you. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Myself I like a narrow boat since they make the paddling a lot easier. I like to...
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    Wood Grain Orientation

    The extra support of the backing would be an improvement by increasing the strength of the wood.
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    Smelly Wood

    Only wood that ever smelled to me was pine or cedar when it was cut.
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    Ian--How are you doing down there?

    Chuck ( oldsparkey ) here. Sunday 10/02/22 ( High Noon ) just now the Broadband and Phone came back on. The central part ( Orlando area ) had between 2 to 3 feet of rain. My area all the lawns had standing water and other's were flooded. Lots of streets were shallow rivers and the real rivers...
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    Fall kayak attire?

    Basically I wear the same thing all year long. Shorts or slacks with zip off legs. A long sleeve shirt with a high sun block rating. If I'm camping , in camp ( off the water ) it's a T Shirt. Crocks and a Tilly Hat. When a cold front comes ( about 5 days a year ) a long sleeve flannel shirt...