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Hairy’s New Bass & Banjo Ride

Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:55 am

Hi guys,

Just finished a prototype, asymmetrical touring/fishing pirogue.

Specs are.

Length overall 46mm
Waterline Length 4300mm.
Max beam 710mm
Max bottom width 635mm
Bow height 290mm
Centre height 254mm
Stern height 275mm
Rocker – fore & aft 26mm

She paddles like a kayak, is quicker than my swampgirl, tracks beautifully, has good stability and lots of room. Can also be used as a tandem tourer and is my latest effort to find a good compromise for fishing skinny water.

The build story with piccies can be viewed here. The thread rambles a bit but the forum is mainly for old farts like me and we do that sometimes.


I hope to get some blood on the gunwales this week end.

Some piccies.
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Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:20 am

Very nice Mick :D
Does the basic design vary much from the Parogue on Uncle John's site?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:17 am

Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.



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Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:03 am

Some classic banter on that forum Mick, had me in fits of giggles.
Each boat you build comes up neater and prettier than the last. Great work again. The detail and work in those seats is amazing, you really went the extra mile on this one mate.

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:22 am

Hairy , you are indeed a master. I was wondering what you were up to.

Geez this job is good :lol:

Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:57 pm

The Torbanlea Terror strike's again...beautiful craft Mick, as usual :wink:

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:35 pm

Thanks guys, :D

I'm pretty pleased with the way this one has turned out.

YakAtak Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:50 am Post subject:
Very nice Mick
Does the basic design vary much from the Parogue on Uncle John's site?

Hi karl, the build methodology is a little different. My boat has considerably more load capacity. :D

The structural differences are that a U.J. job requires three permanent hull frames and cut stem pieces. (The stem pieces would be impossible without access to a table saw) Jem's don't. :D

There is a bit more marking out and stitching with Jems.

Rocker on a UJ works out at about 65mm - mine is 25mm

The differences are subtle' but both are beautifully simple boats to build with hull performance that makes a mockery of the real complex hull shapes so in vogue with builders at the moment.

Re: Hairy’s New Bass & Banjo Ride

Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:16 pm

hairymick wrote:Hi guys,

Just finished a prototype, asymmetrical touring/fishing pirogue.

Specs are.

Length overall 46mm

The prototype seems a little short, being 46mm. I guess you'll be making a full size one sooner or later?

Once again, you have done a beautiful job. The boat seems quite simple in shape so it is interesting you say you are getting good performance. Sometimes simple is better. That is what I tell my wife when she critisises me for forgetting stuff or doing things wrong. She needs to recognise the truth in me words.

Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:21 pm

Hi Joday, thanks mate. :D

Sorry mate, I meant 4600mm. :oops:

Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:45 pm

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Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:00 pm

really nice workmanship Mick, love the shape , you certainly are a craftsman :) :) :)

Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:22 am

Looks great Mick. Whats the stability like? Those seats seem to be up high - maybe i'm just used to seeing the SOT yaks where you're right down near the water...

Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:16 am

Thanks guys,


Stability is pretty typical of a flat mottomed canoe. initial is pretty good.

It only a flat water boat and doesn't need great secondary stability. Having said that, I am aware that they have been used in some mild rapids in the US and seem to work OK for them.

The Yanks like to sit very close to the bottom of these boats. Like that, stability is excellent. I like to sit a little higher (150mm) so it is not rock solid but still quite good.

Mick, you've raised the bar again. The level of workmanship has progressed with each boat. Can't wait to see the next one.

Thanks Tony :D The next one is still on the drawing boards. it will be a quick, solo tripping canoe - big water capable :D and I am getting pretty excited about it. The concept drawings are looking real sweet :D :D

Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:00 pm

Another first class effort Mick. Congrats

Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:18 pm

Sweet Boat mate.

What do you reckon they would cost to build??
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