JEM Watercraft

JEM Watercraft

Customer Service Forum
Direct Links To: Canoe Plans  --  Kayak Plans  --  Other Plans
 
It is currently Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:28 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:58 pm
Posts: 19
Hello,
I'm new here. Never built a boat before but have wanted to build my own kayak for years. Now I finally have the motivation (and the time) and can't decide what to build.
I'll be paddling on a small mountain river where there are a lot of shallow rocky (and loggy) sections mixed with stretches of slow deeper water. Typical traffic on the river is plastic rental kayaks and tubers. I won't be doing any fishing or camping with it.
I was leaning toward the Laker (actually down loaded the free plans) but now I'm having second thoughts. I definately want a solo boat but I like the idea of being able to bring my kids with me. I think the flat bottom of a pirogue would be good going over rocks and logs, but I thought the stability of the Swamp Girl (from what I've read) would be better for me when I have a 3 year old passenger.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
thanks a lot,

Chris


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:57 pm
Posts: 96
With a small child in tow I'd go for something more stable than a Laker (too narrow). You might want to try one of Matt's pirogues. He has them from 14' on up and can easily hold your kid and you. Simple first build is a big plus. You might want to do the Touring Pirogue. Simple to build, easy to handle, can handle a ton of weight, and very efficient on the water.

And welcome aboard !! We'll help you any way we can.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:03 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:29 pm
Posts: 179
Location: Longview East Texas
Phishtech wrote:
Simple first build is a big plus. You might want to do the Touring Pirogue. Simple to build, easy to handle, can handle a ton of weight, and very efficient on the water.

And welcome aboard !! We'll help you any way we can.


total agreement, good all round boat.

MM


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:28 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:26 am
Posts: 133
Location: Fraser Coast, Queensland, Australia
G'day Puddy and welcome aboard mate. :D

I have built and paddled all three. Swampgirl is a superb boat for your stated needs but is more challenging to build than a pirogue.

Have a look at the Touring Pirogue. It is a fast, easy build, a great paddle craft and will do all that you require very well indeed.

http://www.jemwatercraft.com/proddetail ... ourPirogue


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:12 am
Posts: 125
Location: KC.MO.
With youngsters on board i'd build the TV 15-32 easy and fast to build.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:43 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:14 pm
Posts: 4855
Location: Greensboro, NC
Laker would be tough taking a passenger, even a small on. Pirogue would be a good choice for a 1st build.

Check out this one: http://www.jemwatercraft.com/proddetail ... ngPirogueT

_________________
-Matt. Designer.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Laker vs swamp girl vs pirogue
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:58 pm
Posts: 19
Thanks for all the replies.
I had been leaning towards the swamp girl (at least partially because I think it's a really nice looking boat).
But a completed pirogue will be nicer looking than a half done swamp girl sitting in my basement.
I ordered the Touring Pirogue T.
I'm sure there will be a lot more questions coming once I start building.
thanks again,

-Chris


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Template made by DEVPPL/ThatBigForum