The itch got to me. After using a HB last fall in Maine I simply fell in love with the canoe. I used it for trolling for landlocked salmon on a lake that shifts from flat calm to 2 ft whitecaps in a matter of minutes and can say this canoe kept me in the game compared to the alternatives I have used, 14ft Lund boats.
I have worked with Scott Canoe to define my build and pulled the trigger last week. They will be laying fiberglass later this week and I have asked for photo updates on the build progression...which I hope to share in this thread.
I have elected to add a kevlar skid plate, ash trim and spray rails, with a short shaft (15 inch transon), added one swivel seat.
Today I made a trip to Defender Marine in CT and picked up the outboard. First trip there, and talk about a candy store for boat supplies. Picked up a 20HP 4 stroke Honda with electric start and power lift/trim. This was a tricky decision, as the 9.8HP Honda I used on the HB in Maine really moved the canoe well. But I am thinking about using this on larger lakes and the run times may be longer, so having added HP to move the canoe should be a benefit, plus I won't need to run wide open on the RPMs for long periods. Weight wise, the 20HP comes in at 129 lbs. One area I am concerned about is trailering that much weight on the transom...if anyone has feedback there let me know. Scott says no issues, just take it easy on rough roads.
After the canoe fabrication is completed, the HB and galvanized EZ Loader trailer will be shipped to Calgary for pickup. I am in the process of relocating to the Flathead Valley area in Montana and am targeting wetting the hull in May.
So...I am hoping to share progress in this forum, and hopefully sharing some laker photos from Flathead Lake this spring.