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  1. Regardless of money I know of no foldable boat that I would call expedition. I watched a German foldable kayak be assembled for a day trip and then packed up again . They spent over an hour total and still were going to have to unpack it, dry it out and repack it when they got home. It weighted 80# and stored in 3 bags. I would rather hang a SOF from the ceiling of my living room for storage than deal with a folding boat. Everything in boat design is a compromise and I see no good one for folding, light weight and seaworthy. The small sails used on kayaks are fine for down wind and to a degree off the wind. I can't imagine any rig that would work to weather without lee boards and/or amas and now you have to question whether you have a kayak any more. I remember there were motorcycles billed as both on and off road. I found they were equally bad at both. Figuring out what one really wants can be harder than building it some times. You can't have it all.
  2. Do you find that you adjust the main rudder to account for a little weather helm when sailing auto to weather and/or reaching?
  3. Apparently there are more Aussies here than I thought. Glad you got some good info. Pretty boats!
  4. I would feel sorry for you Robert, but it can't be any worse than yellow.
  5. Yeah, you will have to go to the B&B section to find them. There are several Australian contributors there. It is native to Oceania Jeff. And we have several species near us with similar characteristics. No demand to import it. From what I have learned about it I bet it would be a good choice, but do more homework on its characteristics first though.
  6. Are you saying the 2 sections are different sizes, but so close one does not fit into the other? If they were the same size a splice could be done with a sleeve going inside both, though some homework into what would be strong enough would need be done. All I can think of is a splice with a sleeve that has custom bushings to meet the inside of each section.
  7. I have found that doesn't work very well while hiking. I keep my sleeping bag in my pack when I hike and both are on my back. I've never met another hiker in the winter who uses butane. it just isn't worth the trouble.
  8. Winter backpackers don't use butane as a fuel for cooking. It doesn't work well, if at all when it is cold. Propane works better. White gas is best of all, but not as safe or convenient to use.
  9. Of course it did, you brought in some experts.
  10. Under a sea hood.
  11. I built my Spindrift 10 years ago and my plans are on loan to a friend for study as he tries to decide if and what to build. That, and I forgot what I did Everything logic and my experience with my Lapwing tell me to make the board, make the trunk to fit the finished board, then install. Make sure you clamp up the final assembly of the trunk on a really true flat surface. Any twist will ruin your day, or even longer. As to terminology many here know me to tease on the subject. I grew up a few years ago reading books like "Two Years Before the Mast" and I have worked as a professional marine carpenter. It is also a matter sometimes of communication, and the proper word can often make the difference in people understanding. It also presents a challenge that in this section of the forum we are discussing modern methods where components don't necessarily match the ones the terms were coined to represent. This means that sometimes it is really important to make sure descriptions are clear if others are to understand enough to actually help. Numbered questions help for me. No matter how often I find discussions about materials I come to the same conclusion: I live in one of the best places to find wood and plywood there is, and I sometimes forget that others are not so fortunate. I have real lumber yards near by and never resort to big box stores. I even have access to local saw mills. I will be giving my Spindrift to my grandson at some point if it appears he has a desire to really learn. I will let him choose the new color when I do.
  12. My freshman year in engineering (not my degree) was at a school fortunate enough to own 2 electronic calculators that we could use at the library on a first come basis. They cost $5,000 each and were 3x the size of a typewriter. My Fortran course that year utilized a building sized computer and hand punched cards. The worst part was that it was in the mountains of Vermont. So we had to walk up hill, against the wind in 8' of snow to get to any of them.
  13. I normally stay out of discussions where I don't have expertise/experience, but this seems like a sound idea.
  14. It just goes to show that no matter how much you know a good argument/discussion can teach anyone something they can use. I will bung the bottom of my dory skiff with something besides shellac as the fuel tank will be resting on it and drools from the engine might make it there too.
  15. I cut all the foam for my cushions on my Renegade with an electric carving knife and sent them out for covers. At $10 I bought it as a one use tool I can't argue with the flipping logic.