by Frank San Miguel
Here are some pictures from my latest project.
A pair of nesting mice for our lightweight family of four. I'm
stack them like paper cups to put them on top of the car so
we can drive to the local estuaries and rivers. This means the
outer no internal bracing. I beefed up the gunnle with an two
3/4" x 5/8" stringers separated by 3/4" spacers.
When I took out the cross braces, the gunnles only deflected
inward 1/8" of an inch. The inner mouse will be made about
1/2" thinner than normal. Inner mouse still hasn't been
We launched the first mouse, named "Kamptobataar"
after a prehistoric rodent, in May on our local creek. The current
was pretty swift which allowed me to do some whitewater mousing,
surfing behind a small standing wave in the middle of the creek.
That's a Greenland paddle I made from a 2x4. Not
the best for shallow whitewater mousing, but sufficient.
By the way, I think a nesting mouse like this
would make a great duck boat. Maybe even better than the plywood
pirogue that I had as a kid in Louisiana.
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