Posted on March 22 2012
Bell - Bob's Special
I launched my 17-3 Bob's Special (JennyB) on October 12, 2001. It took me nearly 9 months to complete but it was worth the wait. It is the only boat I have built. It was made from western red cedar with ash trim. Accent stripe is bass wood and walnut. I was fortunate in that when I bought the wood, the sales person asked what it was for. He picked out a dark plank that made a great accent banding that fades out near the water line. It was assembled without staples. It's rigged for fishing solo and it works well. It's stable enough to take Granny out for a ride. It does not need much trim to ride solo. I built the seats a bit close together for better handling when paddled solo since I often go by myself. I am always amazed at the complements I get from strangers, at gas stations, bait shops, and any where I stop with it. I would like to thank everyone on the bulleton board for helping me with the project. I could not have done it without you and the book Canoe Craft.