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Old 04-19-2014   #1
denver, Colorado
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boat build

Hi everyone,

I'm new to Mountain Buzz so I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I am building my first boat. It is a Norwegian-style pram and the plans are from Chesapeake Light Craft. Here is a link:[/URL]

Here is my question:

Do you think that this boat is suitable for river running up to class II or III? Class III is the biggest I've piloted and it's been in an inflatable kayak, canoe, or raft. I'm looking for something that I can fish from as well as have fun on the river. Any insight is much appreciated.


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Old 04-19-2014   #2
Salida, Colorado
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So are you asking if a small wooden sailboat is an appropriate craft for class 2-3 rivers in Colorado?

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Old 04-19-2014   #4
denver, Colorado
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I would build it without the sail as a rowboat. Koffler makes a whitewater pram.

Small Aluminum Fishing Boat - White Water Prams made by Koffler Boats, Inc. (541) 688-6093 | Koffler Boats

I also realize that a wooden boat will get dinged up but I'm not too worried about that. It's an inexpensive build and chicks dig scars.

I'm just asking if anyone has any input about the shape and dimensions of the boat. These can be run on fairly big water and are very stable but I don't know how they'll do in a river.

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Old 04-19-2014   #5
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it depends on the type of river you want to run with it. A class two with lots of rocks will be an issue, but a class two that is just wave trains and you will be fine.
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Old 04-19-2014   #6
Denver, Colorado
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Wooden boat

Looking at the design it could be run in rivers, but I wouldn't call it an optimal design. I would not want to run above class 3. Years ago I built a wooden dory that I ran in rivers. PM me if you would like to talk about the design issues.

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Old 04-19-2014   #7
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wooden boat people

If you haven't already, go to this site. When I was learning about wooden boats and rocky rivers, this was the best resource around

Good Luck
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Old 04-21-2014   #8
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whether a particular craft can be piloted down a particular place is mostly dependant on the skill of the pilot. Having said that, I second the woodboatpeople link. There are some stellar boat builders on that site.

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