Scamp Raid on Jackson Lake

They’re beautiful lakes in the Rocky Mountains.  Jackson lake ranks among the most scenic.

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Northern Cross resting peacefully in Colter Bay.

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Approaching Moran Bay, Teton National Park

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We got a lot of looks with our classic wooden boat.

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Johnny Walker with his modified Balanced Cat Ketch rig on Scamp #24.  Jonny’s had a lot of experience sailing with his family and developed a unique Scamp to suit his voyaging philosophy.

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Scamp #24 had lots of mods and was even powered by a through transom electric motor

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Hal powering around on his SUP/chair combo amongst fellow boaters.  Hal’s a mountain climber, sailor, kayaker, boat builder and good conversationalist.  His athleticism defies his age.

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Skiff America’s flat bottom beaches with ease.  Here we took some time to explore the shore and take a nap.

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Jennifer exploring a small bay off the South end of Jackson lake.

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The folding bikes (Brompton’s) worked well to access more scenic vistas.

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We secured the bikes on the dock and cruised away on our Skiff.  This made us feel quite hip.

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At this high altitude, the weather can change in an instant.

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The bow works well for photography

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Paul Breeding aboard Northern Cross traveling into Moran Bay.  He’s the only guy I know (other than myself) who has built both a Scamp and Skiff America.  It was great to meet Paul, after having had many phone conversations with him over the years.

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You’ve got to see Moran Bay in person to appreciate the majesty of this peaceful remote bay.

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I had so much fun on this lake, I came back a few days later with my dad and 2 of my sons.  Bennett loves to drive.

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Here we are going where only kayaks can go.  We floated through 8″ of water to access another bay on the lake.  That’s a kayak coming in behind us.  They were amazed we could make this passage.  With the motor raised, we paddled right through.

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It rained and hailed for a few minutes.  My dad and sons take cover under the cabin.  This is a very versatile boat that can change with the weather.

Summary:

Northern Cross has impressed me with every adventure I’ve pursued.  It’s a boat that many misunderstand.  It does what it’s designed to do and continues to amaze me with its versatility, efficiency, ease of towing, affordability and good looks, to name but a few of it’s virtues.  You almost have to own this boat in order to understand it.  

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