Happy to report that I just now finished ordering Matt's Merrimac canoe.
Oh I am still in love with the profile of the Jem Trapper canoes, and yet in love with my first canoe build, the Trapper 15-38.
But I been itching to build another canoe for some time now, and for the last 2 or 3 days I been comparing the features of the Trapper 15-35 versus those of the Merrimac, and was also seriously considering the Swamp Girl 16 for a while.
In many aspects the Merrimac and Trapper 15-35 are similar to each other.
Despite the Trapper's more traditional ( and more beautiful) stem profile, I chose the Merrimac for my next build mostly for three reasons.
One - the 33% greater rocker would lend a bit more maneuverability for solo paddling.
Two - the 220 pound higher maximum designer recommended load would allow for one or two additional passengers.
Three - My fiberglass cloth dealer is out of 6 ounce plain weave 60 inch cloth which Trapper takes (Merrimac takes 50 inch).
Well maybe there's a Four - the prettiest thing about the Trapper, it's upturned stems, seems to be something the winds just love to push on and every cross breeze has me moving sideways on my knees between left bilge and right to lean the canoe severely downwind.
Six MPH wind that can be fun. it gets up to twelve MPH it's See ya Later Alligator I going to land.
(If the wind is like 12 MPH I don't start out in any canoe.)
On the trapper 15-35's pro side, the possibility of a much lighter weighted hull, and Matt's statement that the Merrimac would go slower than the Trapper.
Well I got the Merrimac coming now and I'm quite confident I'll be happy with building it and using it!
Eagerly awaiting being able to start studying those Merrimac build plans/drawings/instructions.
Builder show and discuss their progress.
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