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This actually took place on March 9th, but I just didn’t get around to posting it until tonight. The weather forcast looked good that week, so I made plans to have a guy do the shuttle dance with me to enable me and the family to head down for a canoe trip. The shuttle was […]

Didn’t really do much during the week but did get a bit done this Friday and Saturday. I drew out the stern and stem posts as well as the rudders from the 1/2″ plywood.  I’m going to do some more sanding this weekend to make sure all of the parts are smoothed out and ready […]

Last week I ordered the epoxy resin, hardener, and “handling items” such as the pumps and brushes for the initial epoxy steps of the Hitia 17.  Today I received everything but the hardener. I’m wondering if the hardener was in a separate box under a different tracking number, but I’ll just have to wait and […]

No photos this post but a short update on the progress of the Hitia 17.  We spent about 6 hours this past week on the boat cutting plywood and have nearly finished cutting up the 1/4 inch sheets. All that remains is the aft deck and then we can cut up the single sheet of […]

This weekend, we started to build the Hitia 17. On Friday we discovered the only place nearby that sold decent exterior grade plywood was in Nashville, so we drove down there as the snow fell. We arrived at “Nashville Plywood” about 15 minutes before closing and got all the plywood needed for the project, plus […]

As promised, some information on the Hitia 17. First, I’d like to that some additional study has yielded much improved clarity to the process. It seems less complicated, at least the first couple of pages.   Now, for some links. The first of course is to the actual designer’s site. There are a number of […]

Well, since I’ll be living here for a while, and I have a pretty nice workshop to use, I decided to take advantage of my current situation to start a project that I’ve dreamed about for years. A few years ago I discovered  the designer James Wharram who offers plans to make catamarans ranging from […]

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago now, I built some outriggers for my canoe to add some family friendly stability. It wasn’t until today though that I was able to test them out.  I really had three questions: Would they work at all, or would the things break apart? Would they be too […]

After the first trip, I decided to accessorize the canoe a bit. The first addition was some bow and stern cleats. The canoe came with an anchor which I really haven’t used yet but now I can tie off easily.  Adding the cleats was actually really fast since there was a metal plate slid into […]

It has been a long time since I’ve done something “exciting and adventurous”. Too long. I drive over a river every day and pictured myself canoeing down it many miles. About 2 weeks ago I decided to get a canoe and fulfill this desire. I texted a couple of the guys from my unit with […]