Tuesday, 26 April 2016

What the hell is a Peenoe?

Short answer is its a licensed copy of a Gheenoe, built in Arkansas by Spider Inc rather than by Gheenoe in Titusville, Florida. 
Moreover, its as specialized form of fishing boat for shallow water and flats fishing, 
Spider Inc seems to have ceased production or to have a web presence, but search Gheenoe and there is a rabid following, with the website claiming over 50k built after the concept was created by Mr Harley Gheen.

This is what we found in cottage country, far removed from its place of origin but no less suited to fishing in and around Ontario. So we bought it of course. 

Rated for a 10hp, we'll look for a 5 or a 6hp.  After all we went to fish, not ski and tube

Centre cooler box, often turned into a live well. Looks like a kid seat to us, perfect for pulling fish up from 

big, flat and wide. 

They were not kidding about the stability

Different bow profile that some of the Gheenoes, should split waves and ride them better and drier

Larger Gheenoe box with live well aft

sure, why not race them..

Standing and driving...

A bimini would be great for beating the sun

at 120 lbs only needs a light trailer

Chairs seem like a must.

Update to follow once its in the shop and being outfitted and powered before the season opens.....

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Forms almost ready to build on

Just about ready to build on - all thats left is to do th final shaping and put on the steel bands.  
Shape is faithfull to the original, going slow has paid off. 

Jointer is working perfectly.  Need to build a dust and chip chute next, to keep waste out of the motor

Next up is the vintage unisaw

Original 220v motor, to be sent  out for rebuilding. Running  now, could use freshening up after 70 years.

Donor machine, for the parts that are worn or missing. Jet lock fence and dust door will be used along with insert and a few other parts. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Modifying a building form

Maine guide canoes are some of the best and most capable tripping canoes, owing to their design dating back to birchbark designs, that evolved into the earliest wood and canvas designs. 
These early shots are from Island Falls Canoe's website, and feature some early Maine guide canoes.
Jerry Stelmok builds some fantastic guide canoes inspired by the early designs of EM White, and others. 

Lots of tripping volume

Guide up high in the stern

Flat mid section for stability to stand, and for poling.

Modern version desined by Rollin Thurlow, named the Atkinson Traveller. 

Great profile and sheerline

Barn find very early guide canoe

All the characteristics of the earliest hulls, circa approx 1890, builder unknown

Atkinson Traveller form

New casters for steel form stand, to roll over all terrain

Shape faithful to the plans, its had 2 boats pulled from it.
To be clear, this is a fantastic, proven design with hundreds of boats built to its design, including being offered by several builders and larger companies. Not wanting to change any of the paddling or load carrying characteristics of the hull, we'll focus on the shape from above the waterline at the bilge on up to the gunwales. The reason is our desire to have a capable tripping canoe with all the characteristics of the earliest boats. Once restored, the early guide canoe will only be paddled for fun or shows, being so old and somewhat fragile. It not be suitable for had trippping or loads. 
The form, while accurate and true, is not particularly well built and will benefit from a rebuild

Tumblehome to be introduced is the major modification to be made

Form displays no tumblehome as designed

Early boat displays lots of tumblehome along its length, and is most dramatic in the centre section.

Hull displays flare, making for a more dry boat is weather and waves. To be clear, our modifications will not enhance the design, but  will will introduce the style we are looking for to try and replicate the earliest boats. A bit of work, but lifes too short not to paddle the boat you want!

Tumblehome all the way forward

Banding as fit to the form is loose, and will be tightened up for better building

A great starting point, and modifications will be made by eye rather than trying to modify the drawings and committing to a full build of the form, uncertain if the modifications were correct. 

Nice long, flat run that is an essential part of the design

Significant tumblehome, but will not alter the water line shape of the hull or compromise its performance.

Ready to be started, this will be saved for the fall and winter 

Sidwinder is a great tool for lifting as well as transferring lines and shapes

Small, elongated early decks and narrow entry that will be used

to be continued this fall...

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Mountain Bike revamp

Always wanted a Kona back when i was mounting biking, and finally got one back in 1998. Pre-disc brakes, early in the evolution of front and rear suspension, old style head down riding position etc. Cycling has evolved so much faster with new advances much more than watercraft, both with respect to technology as much as fit and form. Riding positions have changed to be more comfortable and ergonomic, but the old equipment can still work fine.  This bike saw some fine offroad work, but as life changed, and with time becoming more scarce it saw less and less use as the sport evolved. Wanting to get the fitness level back up, and as the kids can now keep up, it was time for an overhaul and make it more street friendly.

Pride of 1998, suspension forks were coming on strong, but opted for the old straight blades and the rapid fire thumbshifters were ditched for the last pair of top mounts the shop had. Worn off road tires and tired seat round it out. Oh and a ton of dust. 

Evo slicks, 3" rise bars and old school Oury motocross grips. 

First slick mounted, much better!

New gel saddle, and shifter and brake cables.

Refitting everything and new cabling going on.

Done and ready for a test ride. Much better and a good way to get that cardio workout

Oldest's new ride, aluminum framed and more comfortable ride out of the gate. Bottle cages, bar ends and a computer rounded it out but forgot to take a picture of the finished product.....