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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...
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    The Cajun secret

    I'm sort of partial to the one I designed back in 2003. Chuck........... https://www.southernpaddler.com/community/threads/a-comfortable-pirogue-boat-seat-ya-can-make.283/
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #3

    That's one sharp looking boat. As far as the seating you can always counter balance it with the fish you catch. I can't think of any reason why no self respecting fish would not want to be seen n that boat. Now we just might know your secret to catching all those fish.
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue # 2

    Good as new and with a different look. Everyone will think it's a different boat.
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    The Cajun secret

    Like most things in life it's not hard when done right , can be a real pain when done wrong. Wasn't that a lot of help .... ;):rolleyes:o_O One thing it does do , adds a lot more $$$$ to the cost and additional time in making the boat. There are steps to the process that needs to be followed...
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    The Cajun secret

    It's a shame you aren't glassing it. Those knots in the wood would make an interesting look when finished.
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    Sources for 3.5 oz tight weave?

    All I ever used was the 3.5 tight woven from Larry at RAKA. I googled " tight woven fiberglass cloth " and had a lot of different suppliers come up. Best to take a look since there are a few different ones. Unless anyone on here knows of a different supplier and is using them. Happy Hunting .
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    The Cajun secret

    Yep , bottoms really help a boat to float. ;)
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    The Cajun secret

    Why not match the bottom to the same wood that's in the sides ? Or use a good marine grade board that's waterproofed since the bottom gets the most wear and tear of any part. I'm working under the assumption you are going to paint the boat and not epoxy and glass it.