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Kudzu last won the day on August 11

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  1. unhappy with durability of paint

    Not trying to be confrontational here but why do it? The fabrics I recommend are 3 times as heavy as aircraft fabric and much, much tougher! Its just extra work and added weight to the boat and totally unnecessary. I have paddled these for years and have yet to put a hole in but one boat and I was doing something stupid. I don't think we have had anyone on the forum that has put a hole in their boat while paddling it? People are all ways trying to make them stronger and more durable but they don't need it. They are more than durable enough now as long as you use them as intended. Instead just install rub strips on bow where it is most likely to see abrasion damage and be done. I sell the bronze which will allow you run your boat up on a concrete ramp without any worries. They are the ultimate in protection! You can also make them from wood or plastic though that doesn't last as long. With those in place the risk if damaging the skin is pretty minimal.
  2. Taking on water

    More poly. I am sure if you turn the boat over, put a light inside the boat (in the dark) you will see pins holes in the fabric that are not sealed.
  3. Long Beach Long Shot Launch

    Just count all the boats here at my house and I think we would have the answer.
  4. Bandsaw or Scrollsaw

    I don't want to sound like I am arguing because obviously Timberwolf makes some good blades. But, I use a lot of blades and plywood is hard on blades. I usually cut two kits per blade, three at most. They still cut but they are getting a little dull and I hate dull blade. In my shop Timberwolf does not last any longer than any other blade. After trying a few I have settled on whatever is easy to get and reasonably priced. For the last couple of years I have been using Morse blades, they are a huge metal working tool company. Never think of them when it comes to wood working tools but their 1/4" blades last as long as any I have tried and price is right. YMMV.
  5. A skin on frame pontoon. ...

    I am guessing plywood decking?
  6. Plywood Testing

    The problem with the boiling test is that many waterproof glues will fail under heat. Epoxy is a prime example, great glue but if you boil it it will soften and come apart. Baltic birch is another example, very weather resistant but if you boil it, it will fall apart really quickly once the glue gets hot. Since our kayaks don't see 200+ degree water I think that the boiling test is really irrelevant.
  7. Bandsaw or Scrollsaw

    I was picking up Bosch blades locally when I tried the DeWalts. Everyone carried them but I would typically wear out or break one Bosch blade per boat kit.I used to keep a pair of needle nose pliers close to remove the stub of a blade. With the DeWalts I get probably 3 kits cut per blade and I don't remember breaking one either. Your experience may be different but mine is the DeWalts are far superior.
  8. Little People Kayak?

    OK, I have been out of town and got back in this afternoon. I will take a look first thing tomorrow morning and see what I did wrong.
  9. Little People Kayak?

    Hard to remember what everyone builds and paddles but I am surprised at that. But that goes back to the Everyone is Different. The Ravenswood LV is a recent addition, in the last few months. I don't think the shear is any lower but it is narrower. Not sure if that will help her out or not without seeing her paddle.
  10. A skin on frame pontoon. ...

    Now that is unique!!
  11. Little People Kayak?

    Width is just one factor in hitting your knuckles. One of the biggest factors is the height of the shear at the cockpit. I had to change on of my first designs because it was too high and I kept hitting the gunwales with the paddle instead of my knuckles so I know how annoying it is. Of course the person's size comes into play too as well as paddling style. So what works for one may not work for another but generally speaking shear height is the biggie. What boat does she paddle?
  12. Vardo build questions

    Alkyd means different things. What I have found is most any paint will work. Just test on some scraps to make sure. Oil based instead of water based are tougher and longer lasting but either will work. Water based paints are softer and may get skinned up and need recoating sooner as it wears. While oil based will take a lot more abuse. Here in the US oil based paints are getting harder to find so water based is being used more and more.
  13. Vardo build questions

    Sorry but you do need to extend them. They need to attach to the bow to help hold it in place and help the boat keep its shape. The bow piece would likely shift out of position without them.
  14. Filling polyester pull holes

    Either or a combination of both will work. In the class we have to deal with this and I fill have them fill the holes be for painting. After a coat of paint we usually find at least a couple more the paint will not fill so we add a little more before the seconomy coat. So either will work.
  15. Bandsaw or Scrollsaw

    Speaking of jig saws, I cut a lot of plywood and I have found that the DeWalt blades to the best cutting and longest lasting I have tried. I get mine from McMaster Carr. I don't know the part number but I can get it if someone wanted.