Sad...very sad. Able to take a day off work and made it 65K upstream. Starting to be late rut and I suffered from roundthebenditus. I was way to happy driving and exploring and didn't spend enough time hunting or waiting for the results of my calls. Really fun to take this unit where I wouldn't dream of trying with the old Honda. I bought the 14Hp because I think there might be a lighter Freighter in the future for me....even if I need to make it myself. For the HB I'd love to try 18HP or 23HP. With 680 pounds aboard I can make 20KPH on a lake and on this last fairly quick river system I'd make 13KPH against the stream and 27KPH with the stream. Against the stream we used about 3-4X the gas as I do with the stream. On idle I go 2kph against the stream and 13KPH with the stream...on average. That 2KPH against the stream is ideal for ferrying left or right to find the deep channel which is not always where it should be. Would more power boost our speeds much on a semi-displacement hull? Not sure...love to know. I won't buy another but 18HP might be a good compromise for new purchasers.
Anyway did a bit of ice breaking on the back channels. I think it's time to put my rig away for the winter. Most fun I have had in a long time! I think I am making the transition from pleasure boater to Apprentice River Man. I learned more this year than in any previous 5. The great functioning Copperhead encouraged me to push an envelope I have never pushed before. Great rig!
At dusk...long exposure. The gravel bars with small fat rocks are great camping spots. This one had a lot of moose tracks but we made too much noise getting up. Bringing two kids leads to 4X the noise of 1, even with a fairly strict dad!
A great 3 man tent....strong, warm, dry a bit heavy at 23 pounds but a real rock. No longer made; the Arctic Oven Pup is great gear. Kerosene 111 gets it up to 100F in no time. You know it's cold when the tent fly still has frost on it from the night before! The Vapex inner really transfers moisture and this tent has always been bone dry inside. If you see a used one for sale..buy it!