I first build this boat 23 years ago for a trip on the Yukon River in Alaska. I have been offered a lot of money for this boat but can't bring myself to let it go. It can pack your camping gear and a buddy with ease and still have room for your favorite fishing pole. This boat is specifically designed for the river because of the rocker and tumblehome present in the design. If you are looking for a lake canoe, you should take a look at Companion for a two person or Little Rob for a solo canoe. If you are looking to run the river, then this is the one.
The "Prospector" DVD set comes with over three hours of instructional footage all indexed in tasks for easy referral as you are building this beautiful Wood strip boat. The DVD's will walk you through everything from initial setup to the final varnish. The epoxy and fiberglass shell make this boat tough as nails. Also included with the DVD is a complete set of plans for "Prospector" so that you can start building right away. There is nothing extra to buy other than the materials to build the boat.
You will learn how to build your forms, set them up, strip the hull, fair it out, lay fiberglass and finally flip the hull. You will be dreaming of the river as you strip this boat, thinking of all the possibilities. Once the boat is turned, the DVD's will take you through the finishing out of the hull step by step. If you have never built a strip built canoe before, this is a great one to start with. It is the same one I started with. If you have built before but are looking for that perfect river going canoe, and appreciate a great paddling canoe, then this is definitely the one you want. You will never get tired of people asking where you got your boat.
With the “Boat Shop in a Box,” you buy a complete package to build your canoe. You will be ready to rip, strip, and row in a matter of hours after receiving the kit.
The patterns are ready to be cut and with spray glue, tacked to 1/2" MDF panels. Then, simply use your jig saw to cut the patterns out of the wood. It is that easy. No lofting necessary.
The book is included as a downloadable pdf. It gives you all the dimensions and specific information you need to build the boat on the DVD. For those of you who prefer to just follow the books, they are available to download as part of a package. These books are packed with the details you need to build the boat of your choice. They also have a wealth of knowledge for general boat building using the strip built method.
There is a complete listing of the tools, materials and consumables that you will need to complete the boat. Each step of the hull construction process is meticulously detailed with text and dozens of pictures.
The DVD is a real confidence builder. As professional boat builders, we tend to forget that we once needed to ask questions of someone. These in depth, feature-packed DVD's will teach you the tips and tricks that we have learned over the years from dozens of seasoned veteran boat builders.
With the “Boat Shop in a Box,” there is no reason for you to put off owning your own custom built boat.