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Bob Special Dream

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Mud Bug, Dec 27, 2021.

  1. Mud Bug

    Mud Bug Hand made things are better

    It was a nice day yesterday--sunny and 40 with no wind--so I put my little Chestnut on the crick to see some wildlife and get a refresher. (I saw lotsa waterfowl and deer, included a three-legged one.) This canoe's still new to me (June) so I'm still amazed every time I put it in the water. I cannot get over how well it handles solo. Rock it up on its side, and it's the most maneuverable canoe I've ever paddled--spins right around on it's center for turning or goes in a straight line without any noticeable J-stroke. Then it's a one-man lift outa the water and onto my shoulders. Just a dream.

    There's an Old Town 50 pound model for sale a couple hours away. That's a model my dad's always wanted. The pictures don't show the curve of the bottom or the rocker. Does anyone know if this model is as flat as the other Old Towns? How about rocker? Wondering how it'd compare to the Bob design. I think two of the great features of the Bob is its width, letting it turn easily on that broader center (though that's lessened tilted up, of course) and it's tumblehome, for better tilting. Not sure if Old Town did that on their 50 or not.
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    See http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/hull-x-s.gif for a rough comparison of the fifty pound model's cross section to several other Old Towns. The feel of a canoe is very personal so I usually encourage people to try one out before making a decision. Good luck,

    Benson
     
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    Mud Bug

    Mud Bug Hand made things are better

    Thank you, Benson. The Old Town 50 pounder's pretty flat all right. I doubt it'd handle much at all like my Chestnut. But you're right--a body needs to try it to know. Thanks again.
     
  4. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Is there an illustration that compares the shape of the Bob's Special to other Chestnut models?
     
  5. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    This is the closest Chestnut came to portraying canoe model shapes.
     

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  6. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Here is more on the Chestnut models by George Birch, himself, circa 1977
     

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  7. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Dan!
     

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