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Deep Prospector?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Iris, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Iris

    Iris New Member

    Hi,

    I recently got a well-used 17' Prospector, or is it? When I came to measure it, I found out it is no less than 16 1/2" deep, and 35" wide rather than the expected 14 1/2" and 37".

    Has anyone ever seen / heard of extra-deep Prospectors? And what about the 35" width? Could it be an extra-extra-deep Cruiser?? I'm confused.

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter

    Not sure where you are located or where the boat came from, but tripping camps can be hard on them. Many of the prospectors that regularly come out of keewaydins fleet end up deeper than yours after a hard life.
     
  3. rbudge

    rbudge Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I can understand how a canoe might end up a bit deeper than new after a hard life but the width at the gunwhale can't change unless the thwarts do.
     
  4. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter

    Depends on who built it and how it was ordered, might have started out that way. Keewaydin shortend the thwarts on their cruisers, changing dimensions and bottom profile. After hard use their boats can end up similarly deep, or more so.
     
  5. rbudge

    rbudge Curious about Wooden Canoes

    OK. I never heard of such a thing. There's lots of things I never heard of. My ignorance is broad and deep.
    If you shorten the thwarts of a canoe, that would normally drop the ends of the keel line and raise the middle, hogging the profile. That would seem to me to be one of the things I would never want in a canoe.
     

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