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Patrick Fanelli - Solo Tripper

Posted on March 23 2012

Dear Ted, My brother, Nick, and I were your students at wooden boat school 1999 where 2 endeavors came to life. A few years ago Nick built a beautiful Endeavor. I wanted a solo touring canoe suitable for boundary waters canoe area in Minnesota. After almost no comparison shopping I decided on the Steve Killing designed 17' Solo Tripper. The boat sounded right for the intended use and I wanted to build a Bear Mountain boat. After a week in BWCA and Quetico I am happy to report the boat handled the paddling and portaging with aplomb and style. My 'Werewolf' was graceful under loads (me, 200 lbs.; gear, 45 lbs.). She tracked true and was fairly fast even though younger brother is my better for flat-out speed. I am thoroughly pleased with my 17' Solo Tripper. She is beautiful, graceful, and efficient. Several people want to know all about her. I recommend Ted Moores, Bear Mountain Boat Shop, Canoecraft, and your website. Thanks for making this project enjoyable. My brother and I have been inspired by your approach to this artform. When faced with some nettlesome construction issue we are always inclined to sit quietly and ask, "What would Ted do?". I hope to see you again. Best wishes. Regards Patrick Fanelli

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