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Canoeing Canadian Style – Rolf Kraiker

An introductory video that provides insight into some of the basic principles of paddling a canoe in what’s referred to as the traditional “Canadian” style. This video is an overview of three different steering strokes, a breakdown of some elements to improve paddling mechanics and a short demonstration of paddling control exercises. More by Rolf…


Finding a FeatherWeight

I was in Victoria yesterday looking at a Greenwood Canoe. Off to one side, sitting on a table, was the smallest canoe I’d ever seen, just 11 feet long, though a full 36″ in the beam. It turned out to be a Chestnut Featherweight. I’d heard about these canoes, and seen a few pictures but…


It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, NO it’s a CANOE

My other passion in life is home-built aircraft. I love building, flying and restoring them. One area in particular, that I’ve always enjoyed, is the process of fabric covering. Strangely enough, when they started building aircraft, early in the last century, many of the techniques used were adopted from boat and canoe builders, fabric (canvas)…


Prospecting for Prospectors

If I could only have one canoe, I’d Choose the 15′ Ranger model of the famous Chestnut Prospector. Looking through the ads on Craig’s List one day I found the following: 14′ Cedar Strip Canoe Floats, but needs a bit of minor work, only $200. Comes with 2 paddles. Mike (There were no pictures so…


Hearing About the Huron

One day early in August I received the following email: “Hi, I have a Chestnut, I think. No canvas. How much would it cost to have it recanvassed? Conversely, what might you pay to buy it? Is it sacrilegious to fiberglass the hull? Carole” It was a few weeks and a few emails before I…


Finding the FABER

I found an ad on Used Nanaimo: “Vintage Wood Canoe: 16ft Made in Canda – Faber Canoe. Please CALL for more information or to arrange a viewing. Thanks. (No emails please)” I called and spoke with a retired gentleman living in Chemainus and arranged to see the canoe. It turns out he’d only recently bough…


How to Destroy a Wood and Canvas Canoe

The simple answer is, leave it on the ground. Especially here on Vancouver Island, where our winters are warm and wet, leaving your canoe lying on the ground can seriously damage your canoe in a matter of months, if not weeks. Every canoe I’ve looked at that has sever rot issues has been left sitting,…


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