Hi Bob, Just to let you know I received the canoe this morning in perfect shape. > You built it just the way I wanted . Thank you.
Hi Bob, i picked up my boat today.....it was in excellent condition....i must say your workmanship is second to none....the prospector is a piece of art and i couldn't be happier...will be out paddling tomorrow in rain or shine...possibly even snow.....cant wait!!!
In the summer of 2008, I paddled alone for seven weeks through central Nunavut. My route took me through some of the most spectacular wilderness left on earth, paddling down one river, before toiling upstream on another, then portaging for days to reach the last river that I followed to the arctic sea. My route had a bit of everything from thrashing rapids, easy river paddling and long portages. I needed a canoe, that could do it all. It had to be light and it had to perform well in white water and make good time when cruising. Most importantly, it had to be tough, very tough. Bob Hellman assured me that the Duratuff Scout could do all this and he was right. The Scout handled it all with ease, despite the punishment the arctic dolled out. I was unfamiliar with Duratuff and was somewhat apprehensive about trying something new. But I also wanted to try something different from my previous arctic trips; something that wasn’t such a brute; something that was tough enough to endure, yet light enough to be responsive and to make long portages less agonizing. The Scout did not disappoint. It performed very well in white water, and helped to keep me safe from the hazards of paddling rapids. Then, dragging my loaded boat upstream, scraping over boulders for many days, I became concerned that the boat would not be able to take it. Later still, encountering low water levels on one river, I had no choice but to bump and scrape my way down shallow rapids, the hull taking a pounding from the boulders. To my delight, the hull stayed intact losing nothing more than a layer of paint. Not only was the Scout tough, responsive, and a delight to paddle, but it was 30 lbs lighter than other canoes I had used. During a four day portage, I cannot tell you how much this thrilled me. 30 pounds makes a big difference on short portages; it is an incalculable advantage on long ones. Thus, I have found a new standard for wilderness canoe tripping. If the Scout can endure this trip, I have every confidence that it can manage anything else I will ever throw at it – and with style!