HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by Arm&Hammer » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:17 pm

Don't give up on the "Lost Boy" just yet! No one wants to hear that they may have to modify a boat that they just finished, but I think that you are a few adjustments away from a very usable, and useful boat. For reference, below is a link to my HC12 build:

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=25859&p=245230&hil ... +x#p245230

Ignoring the modifications that I made for storage & transport, it is the same hull at the waterline, but shorter, and narrower. I am 6' tall, 172 lbs. I can stand in it to stretch my legs in calm water (took me a couple of trips to try that), and I have paddled it through choppy ski-boat water. True, it is not designed to be a wide, stable platform, but the advantage of this is tracking and speed - I have put a lot of miles on it, mostly with kayakers, using a standard canoe paddle.

Just my opinions:
-The seats are really too high. Every inch counts here in regard to comfort and stability.
-I would replace the solid seats with cane or web seats. There is really no comparison in comfort, which just makes everything feel more stable, and you are more directly "connected" and in control of the vessel's movements. (The worst thing to do would be to put a cushion underneath you, further raising your COG.)

At the WORST, with some modifications, you have a very capable solo canoe, and with your experience, could build another smaller canoe for your son very quickly, or you could build an HC16.

Very good job on the paint. Your canoe looks sharp!

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by narfi » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:20 pm

I wonder if a longer paddle would help in addition to the other ideas?
It would let you sit center without twisting your body each stroke?

I keep thinking of your sons grin in his canoe and hope you can figure out a good solution to enjoy it with him!

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by Stacey West » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:38 am

Quick update...the Lost Boy was not the design we needed for the type of hunting we were gonna use it for. Nevertheless, it is getting great usage and my son gets to tell all his friends he helped build it.

Over dinner with the principal of his school, she mentioned one of the teachers had requested alternative seating for her classroom...a canoe! After some discussion we donated the canoe, which now sits in the library for all of the students to use during their reading times. A few pillows were added and now it holds 4 young readers. Not what we had planned, but it should get years of great use!


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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by terrulian » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:13 pm

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by Jeff » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:34 pm

That is a great story and use of the canoe!! Jeff

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by silentneko » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:02 pm

That's awesome!
Built: 15ft Skiff, 16ft Skiff, Modified Cheap Canoe.....FS17 coming soon!

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Re: HC 14 "Lost Boy" Build

Post by seaslug » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:21 pm

That is the best boat picture I've seen on the forum. I've built 3 boats already, and my kid still won't touch a book. Guess I'll have to keep trying. Maybe a bigger boat will inspire him.

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