I apologize folks for the lack of updates. Hope I kept up with the Pm's and Emails.
The finished dimensions of this all new 22 ft. model is 22 ft. 8 in. long X 60 in. wide at the center. It Gradually tapers to a 36 in. transom. The flat planing surface is 30 in. at the stern. She won't dig in deep at the stern.
I tested some gel coats and epoxy paints with 80 grit on a belt sander. The epoxy paint I've chosen is over double the abrasion resistance, while being half as thick as polyester based gel coat. I decided to go with 3-4 coats of this nice epoxy paint due to it's abrasion resistance. The epoxy paint has also been formulated to be very slippery. It seems to get surface scratches when tested with granite rocks, as opposed to deep gouges with the gelcoat.
The start up costs have been a major ouchy for me, but all is well!
The name of the 18 ft. model will be the "Taiga Creek" The name of the 22 ft. 8 in. model may very well end up being the "Alaskan Freighter".
I've drawn up plans for a smaller duck hunting/moose hunting canoe called the Muskrat. This canoe will come standard with a special heavy duty canoe carrier that will handle the weight of the boat and the motor. It will be designed for rapid employment to get up shallows, down trails, and also configured for hauling the canoe with an ATV. This model will be of special interest for guys with large airboats and jet boats, so that it can be brought with for the sloughs, beaver ponds, and tiny creeks. It will be made of a slightly lighter material, and an epoxy that is even more flexible than the formulation I've chosen for the larger canoes. The dimensions will be designed exclusively for the 6.5 copperhead. It will come in olive drab only, with olive drab mountaineering webbing on the white ash seats. The white ash on this model will be stained darker because of weary ducks.
Another accessory is an an adjustable grab bar made entirely out of aluminum with stainless steel bolts. It is designed to rotate down, and store flush, just under the inwale on the right side. It rotates forward in the stored position. It has a triangulated lower handle that runs at 45 degrees. This handle allows you to hang on, and still leverage the motor while squatting during turbulent white water. My experience in our unique Alaskan environment goes into the design, works out good that way. I call it: the "Sourdough Squatter" haha.....get it? (man, that joke was a bust)